Georgina Costello SC 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
Member of the plaintiff team in the ongoing "Robodebt" class action in the Federal Court.
Fairbrother & Ors v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd (S ECI 2020 00471) for the plaintiffs in an ongoing common law negligence/nuisance case in the Victorian Supreme Court.
Minister for Home Affairs v DUA16  FCAFC 221, appeal regarding the impact of fraudulent conduct on an administrative decision.
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.
Counsel for Australian Education City in judicial review proceedings against Victorian State parties in the Victorian Supreme Court in an ongoing matter (S ECI 2019 03890)
Counsel for the Director of Consumer Affairs in an ongong consumer law case in the Federal Court: Director of Consumer Affairs v Vic Solar Technologies P/L & Anor VID111/2019
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 v Director-General, National Archives of Australia (2017/2115; 2014/1330-1335; 2014/1337; 2014/1342; 2014/5348-5358; 2014/5360; 2014/5362-5364) AAT case (judgment reserved) regarding 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
Chair of the Law Council of Australia's Migration Law Committee