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 relation to arguments concerning public interest immunity claims made over evidence in the context of a proceeding concerning seizure and forfeiture of documents.

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 defendant parties in a Supreme Court trial and appeal concerning alleged fraud and forgeries in relation to real properties; also counsel for Respondent parties  on appeal, resisting an application for a stay pending special leave to the High Court, and on special leave to the High Court.

BRF038 v Republic of Nauru  [2017] HCA 44, (2017) 349 ALR 67 counsel for the appellant before the High Court of Australia in an appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru regarding a refugee decision.

BVW17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 1508, counsel for the applicant in a s39B application for judicial review of a decision by the Federal Circuit Court not to extend time under s477(2) of the Migration Act 1958. 

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.

Dyankov v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 81, (2017) 251 FCR 93counsel for the Appellant 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.

Akouch v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCCA 673, (2017) 318 FLR 189, counsel for the Appellant in a judicial review case regarding an extension of time to apply for judicial review and issues regarding a last remaining relative visa.

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

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.

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.

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.

ARG15 v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2016] FCAFC 174, (2016) 154 ALD 221 counsel for the appellant 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.

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.

Primaxis Pty Ltd v Fiona Lea [2015] VCC, counsel for the plaintiff in a County Court trial regarding fraudulent misappropriation of funds.

Sandhu v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2015) 236 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.

Cremona v Administrative Appeals Tribunal [2015] FCAFC 72; (2015) 230 FCR 1, counsel for the appellant  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.


Co-Editor - Victorian Bar News 

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association