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Adam Rollnik

Bar roll 2010 Admitted 2001
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Tort Law
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Adam Rollnik practises in commercial law

Adam has a broad commercial law practice including commercial arbitration, building and construction (including security of payment), contract, owners corporations, commercial leasing, franchising, contract of employment, misleading conduct and tort. 

Adam is a former lecturer in Torts Law at Monash University and has taught advocacy at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.  Adam has written papers and presented on topics such as termination for breach of contract, security of payment, and proportionate liability.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Adam was a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

Contact

Correspondence
Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 16 Room 10

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Building & Construction
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Energy & Resources
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies
  • Commercial Arbitration
Employment & Industrial
  • Employment Contracts
Tort Law
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence

Qualifications

Qualifications

Master of Laws

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Applied Science

Admitted

Victoria

Western Australia

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Supreme Court - Court of Appeal

Commercial Building: Grocon Constructors (Victoria) Pty Ltd v APN DF2 Project 2 Pty Ltd [2015] VSCA 190 – commercial building contract - interpretation. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Security of Payment: Saville v Hallmarc Construction Pty Ltd [2015] VCSA 318 – whether payment claim was made within time. Led by Mark Robins QC and instructed by Kliger Partners.

Supreme Court

Contract: Dana Spicer (Thailand) Ltd v GA & L Harrington Pty Ltd – breach of contract –  allegedly defective motor vehicle parts.  Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Commercial Leasing: Camperdown Dairy International Pty Ltd v The Camperdown Cheese Company Ltd [2016] VSC 693 – commercial lease - interpretation. Led by David Collins QC and instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Major Project: Melbourne Water Corporation v Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd – alleged defects at the Eastern Treatment Plant. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Gilchrist Connell.

Insurance: Bupa Australia Pty Ltd v Shaw – contract of insurance. Instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Statutory Demand: United Petroleum Pty Ltd v McGrathNicol Advisory [2017] VSC 239 – application to set aside a statutory demand. Instructed by Sewell & Kettle.

Commercial BuildingRoman Catholic Trusts Corporation v Knox City Council – construction dispute. Instructed by Minter Ellison.

Corporations and Securities: Groves v Austock Securities Limited –  alleged failure to sell shares when instructed. Led by Philip Crutchfield and instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Legal Professional Privilege: Acted for property investment company in connection a dispute about legal professional privilege and waiver of privilege.

Winding up application: Acted for directors of a company in opposition to a liquidator’s insolvent trading claim under s 588G of the Corporations Act.

Breach of contract: JRC Enterprises Pty Ltd v Zoomlion Australia-New Zealand Pty Ltd – liability for supply of crane. Instructed by Norton Gledhill. 

​Federal Court

Franchising: Boccabella & Smith Pty Ltd v Swim Loops Pty Ltd – terminated franchise agreement.

Services Contract: Architecture HQ Pty Ltd v Propertylinc Pty Ltd – contract for services. Led by Ed Heerey QC and Instructed by CLP Lawyers.

Corporations and Securities: Holmes v Quinte Holdings Pty Ltd –  opposition to a winding up application. Instructed by Atanaskovic Hartnell.

County Court

Security of Payment: Hercules Car Parking Systems (Victoria) Pty Ltd v MAV Group Commercial Pty Ltd – application for judgment under the Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic). Instructed by Frenkel Partners.

Security of paymentValeo Construction Pty Ltd v 232 Bay Street Pty Ltd – application for judgement under the Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic). Instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Trademarks and misleading or deceptive conduct: The Barry Plant Group Pty Ltd v FP and KH Enterprises Pty Ltd – unauthorised use of trademarks and misleading or deceptive conduct – injunction. Instructed by M&K Lawyers Group Pty Ltd.

Franchising: Hungry Jack’s Australia Pty Ltd v TLC Company Pty Ltd –termination of franchise agreement. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Franchising: Wendy’s Supa Sundaes Pty Ltd v Lin & Hu Investment Pty Ltd – franchise dispute. Instructed by Portfolio Law Pty Ltd.

Misleading conduct: Acted for a financial services firm defending an allegation of misleading or deceptive conduct.

Wills and estates: acted for children claiming maintenance under the Administration and Probate Act (Vic).

Federal Magistrates Court

Employment law: acted for an employer company (led by Simone Bingham) in dispute with the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate – whether workers independent contractors or employees.

Bankruptcy: Acted for a bankrupt in the Federal Magistrates’ Court re: the validity of a sequestration order.

​Magistrates Court

Employment law: Hall v Manark Printing Pty Ltd – claim for unpaid commissions against former employer and claim of misappropriation of intellectual property. Instructed by Rigby Cooke.

Corporations and Securities: Unfair preference claim brought by a liquidator. Instructed by Sewel & Kettle.

VCAT

Construction:  Owners Corporation 1 PS537642N v Hickory Group Pty Ltd – building defects at holiday resort. Led by Craig Harrison QC and instructed by Piper Alderman.

ConstructionCajkusic v Armak Constructions Pty Ltd – domestic building dispute. Instructed by Hassall’s Litigation Services.

Owners Corporations: O’Donnell v Owners Corporation PS443848P –owners corporations’ obligations under the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic). Instructed by Wotton + Kearney.

Commercial Leasing: The Gallery Bar & Grill Pty Ltd v Freilich Nepean Pty Ltd [2017] VCAT 720 – commercial lease. Instructed by Frenkel Partners.

Professional costs: Carmelli v Marando [2012] VCAT 1900 – claim by solicitor for payment of professional fees.

Domestic building: Doyle v R & P Trevorrow Pty Ltd [2014] VCAT 1036 – compliance with settlement agreement.

Domestic building: Owners Corporation Plan 518857 v Lynchpin Constructions Pty Ltd – alleged defects in residential apartments.

Owners Corporations: - Lawandi v Owners Corporation 21842D [2015] VCAT 1810 – power of Owners Corporations to make rules under the Owners Corporation Act 2006.

Retail Tenancy: Versus (Aus) Pty Ltd v A.N.H Nominees Pty Ltd [2011] VCAT 2273 – late payment of rent and defects. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Jurisdiction: Sansome v Aurban Renewal Authority of Victoria – whether VCAT had jurisdiction to hear a dispute about access to telecommunications infrastructure. Instructed by K&L Gates.

Commercial Arbitration

Domestic Arbitration: Acting for the head contractor in a dispute about the construction of a gas pipeline in Queensland. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright.

International arbitration: Acted for an oil company in an international arbitration concerning the alleged repudiation of a charter party contract.  Led by John Digby QC (prior to his Honour’s appointment to the Supreme Court) and instructed by King & Wood Mallesons.

Domestic arbitration: Acted for telecommunications and utility provider in dispute with a supplier of telecommunications goods and services. Led by John Digby QC (prior to his Honour’s appointment to the Supreme Court) and instructed by Norton Gledhill.

Adjudication (Security of Payment Act)

Acted for a supplier of scaffolding in dispute with a builder – Adjudication under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic). Instructed by SBA Law.

Publications

Memberships

Society of Construction Law

Building Disputes Practitioner’s Society

Commercial Bar Association - Arbitration & ADR

Commercial Bar Association - Building & Construction

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators