Edwina Smith Portrait

Edwina Smith

Bar roll 2019 Admitted 2006
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Edwina practises primarily in public and commercial law

Immediately before coming to the bar, Edwina was Managing Principal Solicitor of the Constitutional and Advice team at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO). She has over ten years of experience as a solicitor, with both the VGSO and Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). Edwina was also associate to Justice Osborn of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Edwina graduated from the University of Melbourne with degrees in Arts and Law with first class honours. She holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. Her studies at Harvard focused on public law and environmental law, particularly climate change.

A selection of matters in which Edwina has been briefed are listed below under "Recent Cases".

Edwina read with Liz Bennett. Her senior mentor is Peter Gray QC.

She is Secretary of the Australian Bar Association Ethics Committee.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation 

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 15 Room 2

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Energy & Resources
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Inquests
  • Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination
  • Environment
  • Judicial Review
  • Planning & Local Government

Qualifications

Qualifications

Master of Laws (Harvard)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) (Melb)

Bachelor of Arts (Melb) 

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals, Federal Court of Australia & High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Australian Education City v Victorian Planning Authority & Ors [2020] VSC 177 Judicial review proceeding challenging decision of Cabinet — led by Rowena Orr QC with Mark Costello, for the Defendants

Banyule City Council & ors v Minister for Planning & ors (Supreme Court of Victoria) Judicial review proceeding challenging decisions concerning North East Link — led by Jason Pizer QC with Emma Peppler, for the Minister (resolved before hearing)

Mirboo Ridge Pty Ltd & ors v Minister for Resources [2019] VSCA 304 Appeal concerning interpretation of moratorium in the Petroleum Act 1998 — led by Jason Pizer QC with Caryn van Proctor, for the Defendant

Argyrou v Victorian Building Authority [2019] VSC 721 Interlocutory injunction concerning disciplinary proceedings under the Building Industry Act 1993 — with Liam Brown (Crown Counsel), for the Defendant

W Everton Park Pty Ltd v Minister for Planning (Supreme Court of Victoria) Judicial review proceeding challenging planning scheme amendment concerning planning controls in the Public Conservation and Resource Zone — led by Chris Horan QC, for the Defendant

Thorpe v Head, Transport for Victoria & ors (Supreme Court of Victoria) Proceeding involving the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic) seeking to restrain construction of part of Western Highway Duplication Project— led by Ron Merkel QC, with Thomas Wood and Julian Murphy, for the Plaintiff

Dasma Environmental Pty Ltd v Environment Protection Authority (Supreme Court of Victoria) Judicial review proceeding challenging clean up notice issued under the Environment Protection Act 1970 (Vic) — led by Tom Howard SC, for the Defendant

Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants — unled, for John Cain (former Victorian Government Solicitor)

Gommers & anor v Building Practitioners Board & anor (Supreme Court of Victoria) Judicial review proceeding concerning disciplinary proceedings under the Building Industry Act 1993 — led by Peter Willis SC, for the Defendants (resolved before hearing)

Ejueyitsi v Victorian Legal Admissions Board [2020] FCA 165 Application to summarily dismiss proceeding alleging breach of Australian Consumer Law — unled, for the Defendant

Migration cases — Acting unled in various migration cases in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court, for both applicants and the Minister for Home Affairs

Various advice — Providing advice (led and unled) on issues concerning constitutional law, statutory interpretation, administrative law, energy and resources law, and environmental law


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memberships

Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association