Gabi Crafti Portrait

Gabi Crafti

Bar roll 2007 Admitted 2003
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Gabi practises in commercial litigation, particularly in the fields of insurance law and other aspects of financial services law, construction law and corporations law

She acts extensively for insurers, superannuation funds, banks and other financial institutions, financial advisory services, principals and contractors in major construction and infrastructure projects, and government departments and agencies. She represents those clients both at trial and at appellate level, and has appeared in all state and federal courts.

Gabi is currently a member of Bar Council, having also served 2010-11 and 2018-19. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial Bar Association (2017-19) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (2008-11).

Gabi 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

Contact

Correspondence
Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 27 Room 5

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Competition
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
Tort Law
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Judicial Review

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

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

Banking and finance

Clark v National Australia Bank Limited & Anor: acting for MLC Limited in a class action regardng credit card insurance and personal loan insurance in the Federal Court, led by Chris Caleo QC

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry: acted for MLC Limited, led by Chris Caleo QC

ASIC v Dover Financial Advisors Pty Ltd: acting for respondents in application for pecuniary penalties in the Federal Court, led by Jeff Gleeson QC, including in [2019] FCA 1932

Acting for financial advisory services in professional negligence / breach of retainer proceedings (including in separate proceedings led by Maryanne Loughnan QC and Christopher Archibald QC)

Gusbeth v Westpac Banking Corporation: acted unled for Westpac in banking dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria

Rashed v Perpetual Trustees Victoria Ltd [2010] FCA 1046: acted for plaintiff in banking dispute in the Federal Court, led by Kris Hanscombe QC, settled

Insurance

Providing liability insurance advice to insurers and insureds, particularly in respect of complex infrastructure and construction projects, including Lane Cove Tunnel in New South Wales (led by Chris Caleo QC), Metro Tunnel in Victoria (unled) and Nui Phao Mining Project in Vietnam (led by David Collins QC)

Metricon Homes Pty Ltd v Great Lakes Australia [2017] VSC 749: acted for commercial house builder in major dispute with its liability insurer, led by Jeff Gleeson QC

Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd v BMW Australia Finance Limited (2010) 241 CLR 357: acted for successful appellant in High Court appeal in misleading conduct dispute, led by Jeff Gleeson QC (together with application for special leave and appeal to Victorian Court of Appeal (2009) 27 VR 243)

Macras v Nulis Nominees (Australia) Limited [2018] FCA 1867: acted unled for MLC Limited in application for review of decision of Superannuation Complaints Tribunal in the Federal Court

Melone v AMP Life Limited: acted unled for AMP Life in application for review of decision of Superannuation Complaints Tribunal in the Federal Court, discontinued by applicant

De La Cruz v The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited: acted for respondent in life insurance dispute in Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Jeff Gleeson QC, settled

Acting for and advising AMP, MetLife, CMLA, AIA and MLC in various life insurance matters

Construction and infrastructure

Acting for State of Victoria regarding construction of West Gate Tunnel Project, led by Martin Scott QC

Acting for underwriters of the Trustee for the Lay & Sons Family Trust t/a AUFS, Asian Importers Exporters and NT Emporium, CGU Insurance and QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd in $14 million recovery claim against builder in respect of fire damage to property, led by Chris Caleo QC

Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd v Civmec Constructions & Engineering Pty Ltd: acted for Jemena in $30 million dispute regarding construction of Northern Gas Pipeline in Northern Territory, including appearing in [2019] NTSC 52 and [2019] NTSC 54, led by Jason Pizer QC and Hugh Foxcroft QC

Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd v Aegis Correctional Partnership Pty Ltd: acted for Multiplex in the Supreme Court of Victoria in three year proceeding regarding construction of Ararat prison, led by Jeff Gleeson QC, settled

Acted for Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd in a dispute with the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure regarding the design and construction of the Adelaide City Tramline Extension, led by Jeff Gleeson QC

Advised Amey Consulting Australia Pty Ltd in dispute with WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd regarding design services for the Outer Suburban Arterial Roads Western Roads Upgrade Project, Victoria (unled)

Adams v Clark Homes Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2015] VCAT 1658: acted unled for architect firm which was successful in having the proceeding against it summarily dismissed

Corporations

Connective Services Pty Ltd v Lees: acted for defendant directors in derivative action in the Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Michael Borsky QC (including appearing in Slea Pty v Connective Services Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 542 and Slea Pty v Connective Services Pty Ltd [2019] VSC 201)

General commercial

Wu v Shi: acted unled for defendant in sale of business dispute in [2019] VCC 858

Burke v Brunner: acted unled for plaintiffs in real estate contract dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria

Drew v Drew: acted unled for plaintiff in a property dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria

Maynard v Moneygram Payment Systems Inc [2018] VSC 7: acted unled for successful respondent in Supreme Court appeal from VCAT in contractual and misleading conduct dispute

Gu v AHA Pacific Pty Ltd: acted unled for plaintiff in contractual dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Anthony Lo Surdo SC, settled

Lederberger v Mediterranean Olives Financial Pty Ltd: acted for law firm on question of professional negligence on appeal to the Victorian Court of Appeal, led by Jeff Gleeson QC

Matthews v Ausnet Electricity Services Pty Ltd: acted for Department of Sustainability and Environment in Kilmore East bushfire class action in the Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Pat Zappia QC

Publications

Memberships

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