Damien McAloon Portrait

Damien McAloon

Bar roll 2013 Admitted 1998
  • Commercial Law
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Damien McAloon practises in a broad range of commercial matters

Damien’s particular expertise includes contractual disputes, banking and financial services litigation (including security enforcement) and corporations matters.  Damien appears in Doyle’s Guide's 2017 listing of the leading Victorian Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel.

In addition to his general commercial practice, Damien has extensive experience in insolvency matters.  He has acted for secured and unsecured creditors, company directors and insolvency practitioners (in their capacity as receivers and managers, administrators, liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy).  Damien appears in Doyle’s Guide's 2017 listings of the “Leading Insolvency & Reconstruction Junior Counsel - Australia” and the “Leading Insolvency & Reconstruction Barristers - Victoria”.

Damien has acted in proceedings in both the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning the operation of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA).

Prior to coming to the Bar, Damien was a Special Counsel at Clayton Utz and conducted a broad range of litigation matters in the Federal Court, all Victorian Courts and other state Supreme Courts.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 19 Room 9

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Real Property
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)

Bachelor of Arts (Melb)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Corporations (including corporate insolvency and oppression claims)

Re Matthew Forbes Pty Ltd (in liq)[2018] VSC 331 (Corporations: application by liquidators appointed to bare trustee of trading trust)

In the Matter of Innovateq Pty Ltd[2018] VSC 124 (Corporations: application for leave to bring derivative proceeding; winding up application) [led by J Peters QC]

Re Cyberduck Software Pty Ltd (In Liq) & Anor (2018) 125 ACSR 79; [2018] VSC 122 (Corporations: uncommercial transaction claim; discretion under s 588FF of the Corporations Act)

ReLopez & Verge v Pawksi  [2017] WASC 338 (Corporations: liquidators’ application for directions; “indoor management rule”)

FF (R & D) Pty Ltd v ASIC[2017] VSC 482 (Corporations: reinstatement; application for nunc pro tunc leave to proceed against company in liquidation).

Woods v Harrison, in the matter of Telco Service Holdings Pty Ltd (in liquidation)[2017] FCA 732 (Corporations: application for winding up and appointment of liquidator in place of interim receiver)

Deppeler, in the matter of Deppeler [2017] FCA 768; Deppeler, in the matter of Deppeler (No 2) [2017] FCA 978 (Corporations: registration of liquidators) 

Strategic Management Australia AFL Pty Ltd & Anor v Precision Sports & Entertainment Group Pty Ltd & Ors (2016) 114 ACSR 1; [2016] VSC 303 & [2017] VSC 35 (Corporations: oppression (including relief and determination of fair value); duties of directors and officers) [led by M Osborne QC]

Kaso, in the matter of Speedpanel Australia Ltd (Administrators Appointed) [2017] FCA 453 (Corporations: application by administrators to extend convening period) 

Onebev Pty Ltd v Encore Beverages Pty Ltd (2016) 50 VR 106; (2016) 309 FLR 289; [2016] VSC 284 (Corporations: application to set aside statutory demand)

Re Tomker Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (2016) 315 FLR 164; 104 ATR 27; [2016] VSC 656 (Insolvent trading; leave for director to object to tax assessment)

ACN 103 220 766 Pty Ltd (formerly ispONE Pty Ltd) (in liq) [2016] VSC 275 (Corporations: liquidators’ claim for recovery of loans to director)

Carpenter International Pty Ltd (in liq) (No 2) [2015] VSC 681 (Corporations: objection to summonses for public examinations)

Re Bill Express Limited (In Liq) [2015] VSC 225 (Unfair preference claim) [led by P Crutchfield QC & S Maiden]

TiVo Inc v Vivo International Corp Pty Ltd (subject to DOCA) [2014] FCA 789 (Corporations: application to terminate Deed of Company Arrangement) [led by P Crutchfield QC]

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Terramyer Pty Ltd (in liq)[2013] FCA 969 (Corporations: application to terminate winding up)

Security enforcement (including PPSA, real property mortgage and guarantees)

Hall v Hall[2018] VSC 131 (Mortgage: application of s 5(7) of Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic)) [led by L Glick QC]

Re Amerind Pty Ltd (receivers and managers apptd) (in liq) (2017) 320 FLR 118; (2017) 121 ACSR 206; [2017] VSC 127 (Securities: retention of title clause, operation of PPSA and section 588FL of the Corporations Act)

Central Cleaning Supplies (Aust) Pty Ltd v Elkerton (2015) 321 ALR 181; (2015) 296 FLR 25; [2015] VSCA 92; (Contract: retention of title clause; Securities: operation of PPSA) [led by P Crutchfield QC]

Helms Plumbing v Coulson & Anor [2015] VCC 1566 (Mortgage)

Contract & consumer law

Oliver Hume (Vic) Pty Ltd v Santa Monica (Aust) Pty Ltd [2017] VCC 1138 (Contract: agreement for sharing of estate agent’s commission)

CA & CA Ballan Pty Ltd v Oliver Hume (Australia) Pty Ltd [2017] VSCA 11 (Equitable remedies: rectification of written sales agreements) [led by L Glick QC]

Geemaz Management Pty Ltd v Geelong Motors Pty Ltd[2013] VSC 571 (Contract: whether enforceable bargain) [led by M Robins QC]

APS Group (Transport) Pty Ltd v Glen Cameron Nominees Pty Ltd [2015] VMC 37 (Contractual dispute; application of Australian Consumer Law)


Yang v L & H Group [2015] FCA 932 (Annulment) 

Moravcik v Giasoumi [2016] FCA 1163 (Annulment) 

Practice & Procedure

PCCEF Pty Ltd v Geelong Football Club Ltd [2018] VSC 258 (Application to re-open case; application for special costs order) [led by P Bick QC]

Raskin v Mediterranean Olives Estate Limited & Ors [2017] VSC 94 (Alternative dispute resolution: expert determination clause; application for stay of proceedings)

Kelly v Willmott Forests Ltd  (in liq) (No 4) (2016) 335 ALR 439; (2016) 112 ACSR 584; [2016] FCA 325 (Representative Proceeding: approval of settlement) [led by PG Cawthorn QC] 

Strategic Management Australia AFL Pty Ltd & Anor v Precision Sports & Entertainment Group Pty Ltd & Ors[2015] VSC 717 (Open justice principle; privacy and confidentiality of evidence) [led by M Osborne QC]


Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association

Insolvency & Reconstruction Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia