Georgina Costello QC appears in trials, appeals and judicial review applications in a broad range of areas, including:
- professional liability, torts and insurance matters
- property law
- administrative law and migration cases
- proceeds of crime matters
- regulatory proceedings
- cases about fraud/ forgeries
Georgina did articles at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 2000 and was a property lawyer there before coming to the Bar in 2003. She was appointed Silk in and for the State of Victoria in 2019.
She is admitted to the New York Bar, and worked as a commercial litigator at US law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson LLP in 2006-2007.
In 2007-2008, she worked for the World Bank in Washington DC, and then the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Italy, on matters related to fraud, misconduct and corruption investigations.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation
- Building & Construction
- Contractual Disputes
- Corporations & Securities
- Equity & Trusts
- Real Property
- Class Actions
- Professional Negligence
- Administrative Law
- Freedom of Information
- Judicial Review
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Examples of current and recent cases:
Uren v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd  VSC 145, common law nuisance case regarding sleep disturbance from a wind farm.
Heng Yang Developments Pty Ltd v Red Earth Developments (Aust) Pty Ltd  VSC 231, appeal from VCAT in the context of a building contract dispute.
BD78 Pty Ltd v FGK3GEN Pty Ltd  VSC 361, caveat removal matter in the context of a mortgage against real property.
Ripani v Century Legend Pty Ltd  FCA 242, property law matter regarding claims of misleading or deceptive conduct and for rescission in the context of an off the plan sale of a luxury apartment.
Chen v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCAFC 41, Full Court appeal regarding apprehended bias affecting a Tribunal decision.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs v CRS20  FCA 579, appeal regarding apprehended bias and illogical reasoning in an IAA decision.
Mamatta v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 637, judicial review from a Tribunal decision regarding character cancellation.
Director, Consumer Affairs Victoria v Vic Solar Pty Ltd (No2)  FCA 26, consumer law case in the context of door to door sales of solar panels and inverters.
C & F Nominees Mortgage Securities Ltd v Karbotli  VSCA 134, property law appeal involving a fraudulent mortgage and indefeasibility provisions.
Dadashy v Scholte  VSC 246, judicial review of a County Court criminal conviction.
Fire Rescue Commissioner v Building Appeals Board  VSC 217, judicial review of a fire safety decision.
DVO16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection; BNB17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 12, High Court appeal regarding impact of interpreter errors in a migration case.
Minister for Home Affairs v DUA16; Minister for Home Affairs v CHK16  HCA 46, High Court appeal regarding the impact of fraud in a migration case.
Chetcuti v Commonwealth of Australia  HCA 42, constitutional law case regarding the aliens power.
Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd v South Gippsland Shire Council  VSC 512, regarding judicial review of a Council decision about nuisance and wind farms.
Full Joy Foods Pty Ltd v Australian Dairy Park Pty Ltd  VSC 672, regarding setting aside a commercial arbitration.
Australian Education City v Victorian Planning Authority  VSC 177, regarding judicial review of a decision made by Cabinet.
Member of the plaintiff team in the ongoing "Robodebt" class action in the Federal Court involving unjust enrichment and negligence claims.
Counsel for a former member of the Victorian Police in the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.
ERY17 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 357, appeal regarding judicial review principles around "internal relocation" within a refugee's country of origin.
Minister for Home Affairs v DUA16  FCAFC 221, Full Federal Court appeal regarding the impact of fraudulent conduct on an administrative decision.
Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions in a series of proceeds of crime matters including a county court trial in Nguyen v Director of Public Prosecutions  VCC 165.
McGrath and Director-General, National Archives of Australia  AATA 1790, a case about access to documents in the National Archives regarding the Timor Gap and oil negotiations.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v CPA16  FCAFC 40, migration appeal (Full Federal Court).
Kio v Minister for Home Affairs (No 2)  FCA 1293 and Kio v Minister for Home Affairs  FCA 579, judicial review case concerning a visa refusal on character grounds.
Chetcuti v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCAFC 112, migration appeal (Full Federal Court).
Counsel for an industry superannuation fund in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
CEU19 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 1050, case concerning negligence claims and transfer of a refugee from Nauru
MZAOL v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCAFC 68, migration appeal (Full Federal Court).
Counsel for the plaintiffs in a Victorian Supreme Court case alleging negligence regarding land contamination and nuisance: Samawi v Wellington Shire Council & Anor | S CI 2017 01949 (resolved out of court in 2018).
Lam v Lam & Ors; Lam v Nguyen & Ors  HCASL 282, Lam v Lam (No 2)  VSCA 247, Lam v Lam  VSCA 173, Lam v Lam & Ors  VSC 298, counsel for the respondents at trial and in subsequent appeals in a case concerning alleged fraud and forgeries in the context of property law matters.
Majid Karami Kamasaee v The Commonwealth of Australia & Ors (Victorian Supreme Court) member of the Counsel team for the plaintiff in the Manus Island class action, which settled in 2017.
AGG17 v Commonwealth of Australia  FCA 242, case involving public interest immunity claims in the context of an ADJR Act proceeding concerning seizure and forfeiture of an alleged bogus document.
Shrestha v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Ghimire v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Acharya v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 35; (2018) 359 ALR 22, counsel for the three appellants in High Court appeals concerning the construction of student visa related legislation.
BXK15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCAFC 76, counsel for the appellant in a Full Federal Court appeal in relation to judicial review of a protection visa decision.
BRF038 v Republic of Nauru  HCA 44, (2017) 349 ALR 67, Counsel for the appellant in a High Court appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru regarding procedural fairness in judicial review.
Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association
Victorian Bar - Common Law Bar Association
Victorian Bar - Migration Law Bar Association
Treasurer of the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council of Australia