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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 has been the Co-Editor of Victorian Bar News since 2013.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation 

Expertise

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

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)

Admitted

Victoria

New York

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Commercial and Tort Law

Majid Karami Kamasaee v The Commonwealth of Australia & ors, SCI 2014 06770 (Victorian Supreme Court) member of the team of counsel for the plaintiff in the current class action regarding detainees at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

Klein v National Australia Bank [2016] VSCA 144, counsel for the respondent in an application for leave to appeal; also counsel for the defendant below in Klein v National Australia Bank [2015] VSC 460, which was a proceeding concerning allegations of the tort of malicious prosecution.

Lam v Lam & Ors [2016] VSC 298, counsel for defendant parties in a Supreme Court trial concerning alleged forgeries in relation to real properties (with R Howe).

Core Health Club Pty Ltd v Gillmoore Pty Ltd [2016] VCC 721, counsel for defendant parties in a County Court trial regarding leases and carparking rights.

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

Pinto v Pinto (Bankupt) & Ors [2016] FCCA 831, counsel for the applicant in a Federal Circuit Court case concerning whether permission should be granted for a bankrupt person to travel overseas.

Jarrold v Registrar of Titles & Anor [2015] VSCA 45, counsel for the appellant (led by GL Schoff QC) in an appeal concerning property law matters and fraud allegations; also briefed at trial in Jarrold v Isajul [2013] VSC 461 (led by JWK Burnside AO QC).

Zhao v Argo Pty Ltd [2014] VSC 24, counsel for the defendant in a commercial dispute concerning property law and the law regarding cheques (led by J Delany QC). 

Public Law

Dyankov v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 81, counsel for the appellant (with M Guo) in a judicial review application concerning the jurisdiction of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal under s.338(2)(d) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) in relation to a 457 visa.

Shrestha v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 69, counsel for three appellants in an appeal concerning the construction of s 116(1)(a) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) in relation to student visas.

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

Sapkota v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2016] FCCA 2837, counsel for the applicant in a judicial review application of a migration decision concerning PIC 4020 and procedural fairness issues.

Wu v Minister for Immigration & Anor (2016) 308 FLR 384, [2016] FCCA 342, counsel for the applicant in a judicial review application from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to the Federal Circuit Court in relation to a student visa.

Sandhu v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2015) FCR 63, [2015] FCA 987, counsel for the appellant in a Federal Court appeal from the Federal Circuit Court, and counsel for the applicant at first instance: Sandhu v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2015] FCCA 1142. Counsel for the applicant on special leave: Sandu v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2016] HCATrans 90 (with A Solomon-Bridge).

Cremona v Administrative Appeals Tribunal [2015] FCAFC 72; (2015) 230 FCR 1, counsel for the appellant (with A Aleksov) in an appeal concerning the application of s10(2)(b)(ii) of the ADJR Act in the context of a decision concerning a disability support pension.

Roesner v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 132, counsel for the appellant in an appeal to full Federal Court regarding a character grounds visa cancellation and counsel for the applicant at first instance: Roesner v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCA 68.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v Dhillon (2014) 227 FCR 525; [2014] FCAFC 157, counsel for the respondent in a full Federal Court appeal concerning procedural fairness issues in the context of evidentiary findings regarding work references.

MZZFM v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2014] FCA 1379, (2014) 144 ALD 316, counsel for the appellant in a Federal Court appeal from the Federal Circuit Court.

Ankit Batra v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2013) 212 FCR 84, (2013) 138 ALD 266, [2013] FCA 274, counsel for the appellant in an appeal concerning bogus documents in the context of work references and skills assessments and counsel for the applicant at first instance: Batra v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2012) 265 FLR 461 [2012] FMCA 544.

H v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2010) 188 FCR 393, (2010) 117 ALD 293; (2010) 272 ALR 605; (2010) 53 AAR 1; [2010] FCAFC 119 counsel for the appellant in a full Federal Court appeal from the AAT concerning the meaning of “parent” under the Citizenship Act and counsel for the applicant in the trial at fist instance: McMullen v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2009) 111 ALD 475, [2009] AATA 638.

Memberships

Co-Editor - Victorian Bar News 

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association