Georgina Costello Portrait

Georgina Costello

Bar roll 2003 Admitted 2001
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Georgina Costello appears and advises in commercial, tort and public law cases

Georgina's particular expertise includes: commercial disputes; fraud cases; negligence claims; property law matters; migration cases; regulatory proceedings; and private international law. 

Before coming to the Bar, Georgina worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in property law.  She is admitted to the New York Bar and has worked in the United States and Europe as a litigator at New York law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, as associate counsel to a panel led by U.S. economist Paul Volcker inquiring into fraud and corruption related issues at the World Bank in Washington DC, and as a consultant internal investigator at the United Nations in Rome. 

In 2016 and 2017, she was recognised in the Australian Financial Review in the category of Best Lawyers - Australia, Immigration lawyers.

She was co-editor of Victorian Bar News from 2013 to 2017.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation 


Chambers & Clerk

Ninian Stephen Chambers
Level 38 Room 10

140 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Building & Construction
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Superannuation
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review



Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)



New York

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

AGG17 v Commonwealth of Australia [2018] FCA 242, counsel for the applicant in a case involving public interest immunity claims  in the context of a proceeding concerning seizure and forfeiture of an alleged bogus document (with A Aleksov).

Counsel for an industry superannuation fund in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

CPN16 v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCA 872, counsel for the appellant in a judicial review case concerning translation errors affecting an administrative decision.

BXK15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCAFC 76, counsel for the appellant in a Full Court appeal in relation to judicial review of a protection visa decision (with E Batroney).

Lam v Lam & Ors; Lam v Nguyen & Ors [2017] HCASL 282; Lam v Lam (No 2) [2017] VSCA 247; Lam v Lam [2017] VSCA 173 and Lam v Lam & Ors [2016] VSC 298, counsel for defendants in a Supreme Court trial, on appeal to Court of Appeal and on special leave to the High Court, in litigation concerning alleged fraud and forgeries in relation to real properties (with R Howe).

BRF038 v Republic of Nauru [2017] HCA 44, (2017) 349 ALR 67, High Court appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru (with Dr A McBeth).

Majid Karami Kamasaee v The Commonwealth of Australia & Ors (Victorian Supreme Court) member of the team of counsel for the plaintiff in the Manus Island class action, which settled in 2017.

Mahood v National Australia Bank & Ballagh [2016] VCC 1957, counsel for NAB in a case concerning allegations of tortious interference with contract.

Klein v National Australia Bank [2016] VSCA 144 and Klein v National Australia Bank [2015] VSC 460, counsel for NAB in a case and appeal concerning allegations of the tort of malicious prosecution.

Director of Consumer Affairs v Nightingale Electrics Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 279, counsel for the respondent in a regulatory matter in the Federal Court concerning consumer products (with T Maxwell).

ARG15 v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2016] FCAFC 174, (2016) 250 FCR 109, counsel for the appellant in a Full Court appeal regarding jurisdictional error in a migration decision concerning refugee and complementary protection claims (with F Batten).


Co-Editor - Victorian Bar News 

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association