Melanie Szydzik Portrait

Melanie Szydzik

Bar roll 2010 Admitted 2008
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
  • Tort Law Public Law
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Melanie practices in commercial, tort and consumer law in the Federal and State courts. Melanie has particular experience in representative proceedings or ‘class actions’.

A sample of cases in which Melanie has appeared, in a variety of jurisdictions, both led and unled, is set out below. Melanie has also undertaken a wide variety of advice work including in commercial, consumer and administrative law.

Melanie is the Deputy Chair of the Class Actions Committee of the Commercial Bar Association. Melanie is also the Deputy Chair of the Competition and Consumer Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Prior to joining the Bar, Melanie was Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Pagone (then Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria) and subsequently Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Davies (also then a Judge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court).

Before commencing in law, Melanie worked as a scientific researcher, predominantly in synthetic organic chemistry. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 13 Room 4

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
Intellectual Property
  • Confidential Information
  • Patents
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Immigration

Qualifications

Qualifications

Master of Laws (Melb)

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Mon)

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Class Actions

Court v Spotless Group Holdings Limited – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, securities class action, led by Peter Collinson QC

Bywater v Appco Group Australia Pty Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, employment class action, led by Kristine Hanscombe QC

Money Max Int Pty Limited v QBE Insurance Group Limited (2018) 358 ALR 382 – settlement approval application, led by Bernie Quinn QC

Manus Island Class Action – Kamasaee v Commonwealth & Ors

  1. [2018] VSC 138 – Settlement distribution scheme
  2. [2017] VSC 537 – Settlement approval application, led by Fiona Forsyth
  3. [2017] VSCA 121 – Scope of issues to be determined in class action trial, led by David Curtain QC and Fiona Forsyth
  4. Ruling No 9 [2017] VSC 171 – Live streaming of evidence to group members, led by David Curtain QC
  5. Ruling No 8 [2017] VSC 167 – Class closure in a group proceeding, led by David Curtain QC and Fiona Forsyth
  6. Ruling No 7 [2016] VSC 770 – Public interest immunity – Foreign relations and Australian Red Cross documents
  7. Ruling No 6 [2016] VSC 605 – Public interest immunity – Foreign relations and International Committee of the Red Cross documents
  8. Ruling No 5 [2016] VSC 595 – Public interest immunity – Cabinet documents: substantive ruling, led by Bret Walker SC
  9. Ruling No 4 [2016] VSC 492 – Public interest immunity – Sample foreign relations claims, led by Bret Walker SC
  10. Ruling No 3 [2016] VSC 438 – Public interest immunity – Cross examination in relation to cabinet documents, led by Bret Walker SC
  11. Ruling No 2 [2016] VSC 404 – Client legal privilege

Murrindindi Black Saturday Bushfire Class Action – Rowe v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd & Ors 

  1. [2015] VSC 232 – Settlement approval application, led by Fiona McLeod SC & Richard Attiwill QC
  2. [2014] VSC 553 – Expert conclaves
  3. [2014] VSC 474 – Appeal, client legal privilege, led by Fiona Forsyth

Kilmore Black Saturday Bushfire Class Action – Matthews v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd & Ors 

  1. [2014] VSC 663 – Settlement approval application, led by Robert Richter QC and Lachlan Armstrong (now QC)
  2. Ruling No 32 [2013] VSC 630 – Role of assessors, led by Andrew Keogh SC (now the Honourable Justice Keogh)
  3. Ruling No 31 [2013] VSC 575 – Application made pursuant to s 138 of the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic) to exclude evidence obtained improperly, led by Andrew Keogh SC
  4. Ruling No 19 [2013] VSC 180 – Appointment of assessors, led by Andrew Keogh SC
  5. Ruling No 10 [2012] VSC 379 – Expert conclaves, led by Tim Tobin SC and Lachlan Armstrong
  6. Ruling No 9 [2012] VSC 340 – Expert evidence, led by Tim Tobin SC and Lachlan Armstrong
  7. Ruling No 6 [2013] VSC 422 – Client legal privilege, led by Andrew Keogh SC
  8. Ruling No 3 [2013] VSC 116 – Obligations under the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) and client legal privilege, led by Andrew Keogh SC
  9. Ruling No 1 [2011] VSC 167 – Application to regularise the proceeding when issued without authority of the representative Plaintiff, led by Robert Richter QC and Michael Lee (now the Honourable Justice Lee)

Earglow Pty Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, securities class action (settled), led by Julian Burnside QC and Lachlan Armstrong 

Commercial and Consumer Law

Cargill Australia Ltd v Viterra Malt Pty Ltd – Supreme Court of Victoria, sale of business, ongoing, led by Richard Attiwill QC

IOOF Holdings Limited v Maurice Blackburn Pty Limited – Supreme Court of Victoria, confidentiality in whistleblower documents (settled), led by Richard Attiwill QC and Fiona Forsyth

Nimbona v Magnaye – County Court of Victoria, misleading and deceptive conduct (settled)

GW & BR Crameri Pty Ltd v Byford Equipment Pty Ltd – County Court of Victoria, contractual dispute (settled)

Bennett v Reid – County Court of Victoria, contractual and partnership dispute (settled)

Westpac Banking Corporation v Anderson [2015] VCC 1117 – Application for judgment for possession

Judd v Milawa Transport Services Pty Ltd – VCAT, retail lease (settled)

Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Operation Smile (Australia) Inc & Ors (No 2) [2011] VSC 153 – Misleading and deceptive conduct, led by Alex Richards QC

Administrative and Migration Law

Deborah Glass (Ombudsman) v President of the Legislative Council and the Attorney-General for the State of Victoria [2016] VSC 507 – Scope of powers under s 16 of the Ombudsman Act 1973 (Vic), led by Peter Hanks QC

MZAIR v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCA 1316 – Appeal

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v Kaur [2014] FCA 1384 – Appeal

Inquiries

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 – Investigation into increased incidence of deaths (report available at http://hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au/201516-report/volume-ii-investigations-into-2009-2014-deaths)

Publications

Memberships

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association - Class Action Committee 

Victorian Bar - Sustainability Committee