Georgina Costello Portrait 2019

Georgina Costello

Bar roll 2003 Admitted 2001
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Georgina Costello appears and advises in commercial and property matters, common law cases involving negligence and nuisance claims, regulatory and administrative law matters, and proceeds of crime matters.

After graduating from Melbourne University Law School, Georgina started her career at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (2000 to 2003) until she came to the Bar in November 2003.

In 2004, she researched human trafficking and organised crime in Italy and the USA on a Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship.

In 2006 she relocated to New York to work as a commercial litigator at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP; then to Washington DC as associate counsel to a panel headed by US economist Paul Volcker for a fraud and corruption related inquiry at the World Bank; and then to Rome, as an internal investigator of fraud and corruption at the United Nations FAO. She returned to the Bar in 2008.

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Georgina was recognised in the Australian Financial Review in the category of Best Lawyers - Australia, Immigration lawyers. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation 

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Ninian Stephen Chambers
Level 38 Room 10

140 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

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

Examples of common law, regulatory and commercial cases

Counsel for the Director in an ongoing consumer law case in the Federal Court: Director of Consumer Affairs v Vic Solar Technologies P/L & Anor VID111/2019.

Counsel for Environment Protection Authority Victoria in an ongoing matter concerning negligence claims and judicial review in the Victorian Supreme Court: Hi-Quality Quarry Products v EPA S CI 2015 4418 (led by Tomo Boston SC).

Counsel for the Director in a county court trial in Nguyen v Director of Public Prosecutions [2019] VCC 165, a case regarding whether to exclude property from a civil forfeiture application to seize tainted property.

Counsel for an industry superannuation fund in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, in 2018.

FLH18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCAFC 188, counsel for the applicant in a Federal Court negligence case for a child transferred to Australia from Nauru (led by Chris Horan QC). 

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).

Sellars v Matthews (Trustee), in the matter of Sellars [2018] FCA 1475, Federal Court case concerning costs, in the context of a bankruptcy related appeal.

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 at trial in the Victorian Supreme Court, on appeal to the Court of Appeal, and on special leave to the High Court, in litigation concerning alleged fraud and forgeries in relation to real properties.

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.

Klein v National Australia Bank [2016] VSCA 144 and Klein v National Australia Bank [2015] VSC 460, counsel for NAB in an appeal (and the case below) 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.

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

Core Health Club Pty Ltd v Gillmoore Pty Ltd [2016] VCC 721, counsel for the respondent in a trial about leases and car parking rights.

Jarrold v Registrar of Titles & Anor [2015] VSCA 45, appeal concerning property law and fraud allegations (led by Gina Schoff QC).

Examples of migration, citizenship and other public law cases

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v CPA16 [2019] FCAFC 40, migration appeal (Full Federal Court).

Paszkiewicz v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 390, judicial review of character cancellation decision.

CKV16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2019] FCA 342, migration appeal arguing that the IAA's decision was affected  by a reasonable apprehension of bias.

BFE15 v Minister for Home Affairs  [2019] FCA 414, migration appeal.

BKQ16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2019] FCA 40, migration appeal.

AGG17 v Commonwealth of Australia [2018] 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.

TWWH and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2018] AATA 4877, case concerning Australian citizenship of a  child in China.

FPU18 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 1606,  judicial review of a character cancellation decision.

BAO16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 1463, migration appeal.

CKC16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 1260, migration appeal.

Shrestha v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Ghimire v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Acharya v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] HCA 35; (2018) 359 ALR 22, counsel for the three appellants in a High Court appeal concerning the construction of student visa related legislation.

CPN16 v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCA 872, migration appeal.

BXK15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCAFC 76, Full Federal Court appeal in relation to judicial review of a protection visa decision.

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

Singh v Minister for Immigration & Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 220; (2017) 255 FCR 135 (Full Court migraton appeal).

Dyankov v Minister for Immigration & Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 81; (2017) 251 FCR 93 (Full Court migration appeal).

Singh v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 105 (Full Court migration appeal).

ARG15 v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2016] FCAFC 174, (2016) 250 FCR 109, counsel for the appellant in a Full Federal Court appeal.

H v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCAFC 119; (2010) 188 FCR 393. 

Appearances in Federal Circuit Court migration cases include: Nguyen v Minister for Immigration [2019] FCCA 572, Abdelfattah v Minister for Immigration [2018] FCCA 3540, DWS16 v Minister for Immigration [2018] FCCA 3164, CPA16 v Minister for Immigration [2018] FCCA 2700, AST16 v Minister for Immigration [2018] FCCA 1850, COU15 v Minister for Immigration [2018] FCCA 838, CBI15 v Minister for Immigration [2018] FCCA 1462, Akouch v Minister for Immigration [2017] FCCA 673, CBH15 v Minister for Immigration [2017] FCCA 2462, Sapkota v Minister for Immigration [2016] FCCA 2837, MZZWW v Minister for Immigration [2014] FCCA 2811 and Zhu v Minister for Immigration [2013] FCCA 1490.

Memberships

Co-Editor - Victorian Bar News 

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association