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Carrie Rome-Sievers

Bar roll 1999 Admitted 1996
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
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Carrie is a commercial law barrister practising primarily in the areas of insolvency and corporations law, equity and trusts, bankruptcy, contract, restitution, and banking and finance.

She is experienced in advocacy, pleadings and opinion work principally in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Australia. A selection of cases in which Carrie has been briefed to appear is listed below.

Carrie has advised directors, liquidators, administrators and creditors in a range of matters. One area of particular interest is taxation issues arising in the insolvency context. Carrie has advised and written on such matters including: third party preferences involving the ATO; post-liquidation garnishee notices; consolidated taxation groups and the impact of the “single entity rule” in insolvency absent a pooling order; CGT and the extent of a liquidator’s obligation to retain funds to pay it; statutory demands issued by the ATO; the extent to which a security interest in land is traceable into the GST portion of the proceeds of sale. Carrie’s opinion has also been sought as to the operation of the PPSA.

Carrie’s publicly available articles and case reviews on such issues – and other topics including fraud, restitution and Barnes v Addy claims against third parties in cases of misuse of corporate or trust property - may be read at www.carrieromesievers.com.

Carrie’s other corporations law and commercial work has included shareholders oppression actions, directors duties, and professional negligence (accounting advice). Carrie’s work in equity and trusts has included a complex church property trust dispute, advising external administrators on a range of trust and property law issues, including the rules of tracing into mixed funds, and advising a statutory body on issues of restitution and of legal and equitable assignment or transfer of assets.

Recognition

Doyles Guide of Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel - Victoria 2017 - Peer Review - published by Doyles Guide 7 July 2017 (link)

Doyles Guide of Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Junior Counsel - Victoria 2017 - Peer Review - published by Doyles Guide 7 July 2017 (link)

Best Lawyers in Australia 2017 - Insolvency and Reorganisation Law - Peer Review - published Australian Financial Review 7 April 2017 - Best Lawyers Australia website (link)

Best Lawyers in Australia 2016 - Peer Review - Insolvency and Reorganization Law - published Australian Financial Review 26 February 2016 - Best Lawyers Australia website (link)

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Contact

Correspondence
Chambers & Clerk

Joan Rosanove Chambers
Level 4 Room 8

550 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
Tort Law
  • Professional Negligence

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Re Bendigo Central Pharmacy Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 419- application to set aside a statutory demand. Key issue was the Graywinter principle, and whether the plaintiff had a genuine dispute raised in the 21 day affidavit expressly, by necessary inference or by available inference.

Apollo General Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd (in liq) & Ors v Culve Engineering Pty Ltd & Ors – County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings (2013-2017) – insolvent trading, uncommercial transactions, subrogation. Pre-trial applications include to dismiss for want of prosecution, and to substitute the executrix of the deceased estate of the third defendant as a party following his death, to defend the insolvent trading claims. The latter was appealed to Robson J - Re Apollo General Engineering (Australia) Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2016] 533 - which decision went to the Court of Appeal - Curve Engineering Pty Ltd & Ors v Apollo General Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd (in liq) [2017] VSCA 182 (with Jim Peters QC).

Re Makan Brothers Pty Ltd (in liquidation) - Supreme Court dispute (2016) - contested application on behalf of the Liquidator brought under s 483(1) of the Corporations Act for delivery up of funds of the Company to the Liquidator. For a review of the key principles and leading authorities on s 483(1) applications see here.

The Presbyterian Church of Victoria Trusts Corporation v Anstee & Ors (No 1) [2016] VSC 297 and The Presbyterian Church of Victoria Trusts Corporation v Anstee & Ors (No 2) [2017] 102 – a complex charitable property trust dispute involving breaches of trust and questions of proprietary remedies and tracing. It has also involved several legal professional privilege disputes one of which may be found at The Presbyterian Church of Victoria Trusts Corporation v Anstee & Ors [2014] VSC 426 (with Michael Shand QC).

Nelson v Ji [2015] FCCA 3573 – a bankruptcy dispute in which the client trustees in bankruptcy claimed an interest in the marital property by way of a Cummins v Cummins constructive or resulting trust, trial adjourned.

Yeo v Weeden [2015] VSC 156 – a bankruptcy dispute involving issues of trustees’ powers and alleged abuse of process (with the Hon Donnell M Ryan QC).

Rescom Asia Pacific Pty Ltd v Reapfield Property Consultants Pte Ltd [2014] VSCA 92– Court of Appeal - appeal from the dismissal of an application to set aside a statutory demand (leading A L Kinda).

Kazakhstan Potash Corporation Ltd (formerly known as Fortis Mining Ltd) v Arulampalam & Ors – Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding (2013-2014) – a dispute in contract and restitution law (leading E Levine).

ANZ Banking Group Ltd v Wal’s Bulk Meats Pty Ltd & Ors – Supreme Court of Tasmania proceeding (2013-2015) – a dispute involving issues of banking and securities law, the law of guarantees, estoppel, restitution, subrogation, and unconscionability under the general law and the ASIC Act

Money Choice Pty Ltd (in liq) & Rathner v Inertia Holdings Pty Ltd & Ors – Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding (2014) – dispute involving issues of unreasonable director-related transactions under s 588FDA of the Corporations Act, breaches of directors’ duties, constructive trusts (leading B Ryde).

Re Blackburne Pty Ltd (in liquidation) - Supreme Court of Victoria application (2014) by the liquidator of one of the Environinvest companies for approval of his remuneration as liquidator in a creditors’ voluntary winding up under ss 473(3) and 511 of the Corporations Act, and the Court’s inherent jurisdiction.

SSRG Pty Ltd v Specialist Accounting Services Pty Ltd – Supreme Court of Victoria application to set aside a statutory demand (2014).

Appleyard and Ratten as the foreign representatives of Crawford Farms Ltd (Administrators appointed) v Crawford Farms Ltd (Administrators appointed) & Anor – Federal Court proceeding (2014) involving an application under section 6 of the Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008 (Cth) and article 21(2) of the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency as to the distribution of monies released from sale of an asset.

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v ASIC [2013] FCA 623 – a Federal Court s 35A application for review of a Registrar's decision to reinstate the registration of a company pursuant to s 601AH(2) of the Corporations Act. The company had been subject to a DOCA effectuated before it was deregistered; issues included whether the Deputy Commissioner was a contingent creditor and had standing as a “person aggrieved” by and at the time of the deregistration (with P Bick QC at first instance, and on appeal with E Woodward SC before Kenny J).

Weeden v Rambaldi & Yeo [2013] FCAFC 12 – Full Federal Court appeal in bankruptcy case, concerning s 257 of the Bankruptcy Act and the evidentiary weight to be accorded minutes of a creditors' meeting recording the appointment of new trustees (with G Bigmore QC).

Weeden v Rambaldi & Yeo [2012] FCA 552 – first instance decision the subject of the above-mentioned Full Federal Court appeal (with G Bigmore QC).

Lew v Priester [2012] VSC 57 - Supreme Court of Victoria case between the Lew parents and trustee company and two ex-spouses of Lew children, on an application to stay or transfer the Lews’ Supreme Court application (seeking declarations of the existence of bare trusts) to the Family Court where property proceedings were already on foot.

Vickers, in the matter of York Street Mezzanine Pty Ltd (in liq) [2011] FCA 1028 – Federal Court application by the liquidators of the Westpoint mezzanine companies for approval of entry into deeds under s 477(2B) of the Corporations Act 2001, and for directions under ss 479(3) and 511 of the Act (with E Woodward SC).

Re Blackburne Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2011] VSC 92 - Supreme Court of Victoria application by a liquidator of one of the Environinvest companies for approval of a deed under ss 477(2A) and 477 (2B) of the Corporations Act 2001, and for directions under s 511 of the Act.

Publications

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association of Victoria.

Law Council of Australia – Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee.

Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria (WIRV).