Gabi is an experienced commercial law barrister, recently listed in: Doyle’s Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel – Victoria, 2017; Doyle's Leading Construction & Infrastructure Barristers – Victoria, 2017; and the AFR's 2017 Best Lawyers for her work in Insurance Law.
Gabi also practises in administrative law and other areas of public law.
She has appeared in all Victorian and federal courts. She appeared junior to Jeff Gleeson QC in the High Court of Australia for the successful appellant in Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd v BMW Australia Finance Ltd (2010) 241 CLR 357.
Some of Gabi's work at the Bar has included being briefed on behalf of the State of Victoria in the Kilmore East Bushfire Class Action as well as being briefed by the Department of Justice to draft its Legislative Guide to the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic). She has also represented the claimants in the Federal Court racial discrimination complaint Haile Michael v Konstantinidis, the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, the State of Victoria.
She is currently briefed in Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd v Aegis Correctional Partnership Pty Ltd on behalf of the plaintiff, in the Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Jeff Gleeson QC and in Metricon Homes Pty Ltd v Calliden Insurance Limited on behalf of the plaintiff, in the Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Jeff Gleeson QC.
Gabi's clients have included Yarra Trams, Brookfield Multiplex, Metricon Homes, Vero, AAMI, MLC, AIA, AAI, Westpac, and public sector clients such as the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Department of Justice, the Director of Public Transport (for the Victorian Taxi Directorate), the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and some of its former Victorian boards, the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, the Victorian WorkCover Authority, the Transport Accident Commission.
Gabi was elected to Victorian Bar Council (2010-2011) and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (2008-2011). She read with David Batt QC.
Prior to joining the Bar, Gabi was a litigation solicitor at Mallesons and Allens, and was associate to the Hon. Justice Weinberg when his Honour was at the Federal Court of Australia.
Gabi also has experience in government and legal policy, having worked as a Senior Legal Policy Officer at the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation. In that role, she managed aspects of the Attorney-General’s civil law reform program, with a particular focus on dispute resolution and access to justice. Her legislative projects included the introduction of the Victorian Court of Appeal’s 2014 civil appeals reforms and the implementation of the Vexatious Proceedings Act 2014 (Vic).
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation
- Building & Construction
- Contractual Disputes
- Corporate Insolvency
- Banking & Finance
- Equity & Trusts
- Administrative Law
- Commissions & Inquiries
- Judicial Review
- Professional Negligence
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Bachelor of Arts
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Maynard v MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. (SCV S CI 2017 01547)
Metricon Homes Pty Ltd v Calliden Insurance Limited (SCV S ECI 2017 000001) (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
Maynard v MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. (Civil Claims)  VCAT 463
Giland Pty Ltd v Clarence Conveyancing Pty Ltd (VCC No. CI-16-00596)
Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v McNab (VCAT No. J2/2016)
Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd v Aegis Correctional Partnership Pty Ltd (SCV S ECI 2015 000484) (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
Woods v Lowy (SCV S CI 2015 0111)
Laughton v Williams (VCC No. CI-15-01697)
Micallef v AAI Limited (VCC No CI-15-01083)
Erskine Super Company Pty Ltd v Goldfields Pty Ltd (VCC No. CI-15-00872)
Adams v Clark Homes Pty Ltd (Building and Property)  VCAT 1658
Vocational Training Group Pty Ltd (in liq) v State of Victoria (SCV S ECI 2014 000062)
Wood v AIA Australia Limited (VCC No. CI-14-03948)
Smedley v MLC Nominees Pty Ltd (VCC No. CI-14-00687) (led by John Noonan QC)
Laidlaw Holdings Pty Ltd v Fieschi (VCC No. CI-14-04456) (led by Jeremy Twigg QC)
Legal Services Commissioner v Cantwell  VCAT 890
De Stefano v MLC Limited (unreported, Financial Ombudsman Service Limited case no. 13873, February 2012) (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
Lederberger v Mediterranean Olives Financial Pty Ltd (VSCA SCI 2011 01385) (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
Will v Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal  VCAT 1739
Psychology Board of Australia v Ildiri  VCAT 1036
Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd v BMW Australia Finance Limited (2010) 241 CLR 357;  HCA 31 (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
Rashed v Perpetual Trustees Victoria Ltd  FCA 1046 (led by Kris Hanscombe QC)
Haile-Michael v Konstantinidis (FCA VID 969 of 2010) (led by Debbie Mortimer SC and Rachel Doyle SC)
Victorian Workcover Authority v Bruck Textiles Pty Ltd  VCC 463 (led by John Simpson)
Victorian Workcover Authority v Bruck Textiles Pty Ltd  VCC 141 (led by John Simpson)
Ngo v Minister for Immigration  FMCA 32
Osteopathy Board of Australia v De Antonis (VCAT No B159/2010)
MSU v Secretary to the Department of Justice  VCAT 2076
TGN v Secretary to the Department of Justice  VCAT 2004
XY v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 1828
SVP v Secretary to the Department of Justice  VCAT 1496
Feakes v Cardinia Shire Council  VCAT 1436
Unicross Nominees Pty Ltd v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 1217
Nurses Board of Victoria v Lukose  VCAT 508
Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd v BMW Australia Finance  HCATrans 337 (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
BMW Australia Finance Limited v Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd (2009) 27 VR 243  VSCA 117 (led by Jeff Gleeson QC)
Matthews v Ausnet Electricity Services Pty Ltd (VSC S CI 2009 04788) (led by Pat Zappia QC)
O'Keefe v Transport Accident Commission  VCC 1681 (led by David Curtain QC)
Hersi v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 2346
Qaline v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 2271
Warsame v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 2222
Rai v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 2187
Abdallah v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 1490
Beauglehall v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 1084
Habib v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 979
Ahmed v Director of Public Transport  VCAT 900 Spandideas v Vellar  VSC 198 (led by Stephen O'Meara QC)
Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association
Member of Australian Insurance Law Association
Member of Society of Construction Law Australia
Member of International Commission of Jurists Victoria