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Kess Dovey

Bar roll 2015 Admitted 2005
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
  • Tort Law
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Kess Dovey is an experienced commercial litigator with a broad practice

Kess's particular expertise includes competition and trade practices, class action, energy/resources and construction litigation in Federal and State courts, as well as commercial arbitration. 

Prior to joining the Bar, Kess was a Senior Associate in the commercial litigation team at King & Wood Mallesons (previously Mallesons Stephen Jaques), where she worked for over 10 years.  Kess has experience in a wide range of disputes including large scale and high profile litigation, as well as highly sensitive disputes. 

Kess holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne/Victorian College of the Arts. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 11 Room 16

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Private International Law
  • Real Property
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies
Intellectual Property
  • Confidential Information
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Telecommunications
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Creative Arts

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Master of Laws (Melb)

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Recent Cases

Commercial Law

Australian Gas Networks v Goldman Sachs, acting for AGN in a Supreme Court claim for restitution of moneys allegedly paid by mistake, led by Philip Crutchfield QC.

Cargill Australia v Viterra Malt, acting for Viterra and Glencore in a Supreme Court action brought by Cargill in relation to representations made in the course of a business acquisition transaction, led by Alan Archibald QC and Stephen Parmenter.

Kurban v Mamounia, acting for an incorporated trust and a trustee in relation to an application for an interlocutory injunction, led by Andrew Hanak.

Mitic v OZ Minerals Limited, acting for Clayton Utz in a Federal Court class action in respect of allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct, led by Peter Jopling QC and Jeremy Slattery.

Acting for a contractor in an ICC arbitration in respect of a construction dispute over a major infrastructure project in Queensland.

Acting for the owner in a VCAT construction dispute, unled.

Acting for the lessee in a VCAT commercial lease dispute, unled.

Acting for the defendant in a Magistrates’ Court debt matter, unled.

Advice in relation to a restraint of trade dispute between a law firm and a departing partner of that firm, led by Philip Crutchfield QC. 

Some of the matters in which Kess acted prior to joining the bar include

ACCC v Yazaki Corporation & Australian Arrow Pty Ltd: Kess acted for the defendants in a Federal Court proceeding brought by the ACCC in relation to an international car parts cartel.

Telstra Corporation Limited v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd: Kess acted for Telstra in a Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding claiming Optus was broadcasting a misleading and deceptive television advertising campaign.

Kess acted in a domestic arbitration relating to alleged defects in the construction of a gas distribution network.

Kess acted for a joint venture in a complex international arbitration concerning the alleged repudiation of a charter party contract relating to an offshore oil production and storage vessel.

ACCC v Fisher & Paykel Customer Services Pty Ltd & Domestic & General Services Pty Ltd:  Kess acted for the second defendant in a Federal Court proceeding brought by the ACCC in relation to alleged breaches of extended warranty regulatory legislation.

Aquila Coal Pty Ltd v Bowen Central Coal Pty Ltd: Kess acted for Aquila in proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal in relation to a coal mining joint venture dispute with Vale.

Kess has provided ongoing advice to a food manufacturer in relation to various disputes arising out of a perishable food distribution franchising network.

Kess advised an officer of a large corporate client in relation to an appearance before a Senate inquiry.

ICM Investments Pty Ltd v San Miguel Corporation & Berri Limited: Kess acted for the second defendent in relation to a claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria for alleged failure to pay a dividend on sale of business.

Kess has acted for the partnerships of several law firms in relation to disputes with out-going partners, including in a proceeding brought in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

BHP Billiton Bass Strait Pty Ltd & Anor v Esso Australia Pty Ltd & Anor: Kess acted for BHP Billiton in a Victorian Supreme Court claim brought against Esso in relation to the fire and explosion at the Longford Gas Plant.

ACCC v Telstra Corporation Limited: Kess acted for Telstra in a Federal Court claim brought by the ACCC against Telstra in relation to Telstra’s ‘Next G’ advertising campaign.

Memberships

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association