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Melanie Szydzik

Bar roll 2010 Admitted 2008
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law Intellectual Property
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Melanie Szydzik practises in commercial and administrative law in the Federal and State courts

Melanie has particular experience in representative proceedings or ‘class actions’.  She has also undertaken a wide variety of advice work including in commercial, consumer and administrative law. 

Before 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).  Prior to that, Melanie worked as a scientific researcher, predominantly in synthetic organic chemistry.

Recognition

Winner of the 2016 Victorian Bar Public Interest / Justice Innovation Award

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Expertise

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

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

Manus Island Class Action – Kamasaee v Commonwealth & Ors

  1. Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing, negligence and false imprisonment, with David Curtain QC
  2. Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia (No 6) [2016] VSC 605 – Public interest immunity – Foreign relations and International Committee of the Red Cross documents
  3. Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia (No 5) [2016] VSC 595 – Public interest immunity – Cabinet documents, with Bret Walker SC
  4. Ruling No 4 [2016] VSC 492 - Public interest immunity - Sample foreign relations claims, with Bret Walker SC
  5. Ruling No 3 [2016] VSC 438 – Public interest immunity - Cross examination in relation to cabinet documents, with Bret Walker SC
  6. Ruling No 2 [2016] VSC 404 – Client legal privilege

Money Max Int Pty Limited v QBE Insurance Group Limited – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, securities class action, with Michael Lee SC

Weber v Greater Hume Shire Council – Supreme Court of New South Wales, ongoing, negligence, with Tim Tobin SC

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

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

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

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

Earglow Pty Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, securities class action, with Julian Burnside QC and Lachlan Armstrong. 

Commercial and Consumer Law

IOOF Holdings Limited v Maurice Blackburn Pty Limited – Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing, confidentiality in whistleblower documents, with Richard Attiwill QC

GW & BR Crameri Pty Ltd Byford Equipment Pty Ltd – County Court of Victoria, ongoing, contractual dispute

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

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

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

Hamayan Learning Institute v Glen Eira CC [2011] VCAT 1665 – Application for removal of restrictive covenant

Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Operation Smile (Australia) Inc & Ors (No 2) [2011] VSC 153 – Misleading and deceptive conduct, with 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), with 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 athttp://hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au/201516-report/volume-ii-investigations-into-2009-2014-deaths

Memberships

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association - Class Action Committee 

Victorian Bar - Sustainability Committee