Rebecca Howe Portrait

Rebecca Howe

Bar roll 2015 Admitted 2007
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Rebecca has a broad practice primarily focused on commercial law including the areas of corporations and securities, corporate governance, insolvency, trade practices, equity and class action litigation.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rebecca was a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Baker & McKenzie Melbourne and in 2013 was seconded to that firm’s London office.  During her time at that firm she worked exclusively in litigation and dispute resolution and was involved in many large commercial and public law disputes including complex receiverships, cross-border IT and banking disputes, public interest environmental litigation and regulatory proceedings commenced by ASIC.

Rebecca undertook her articles at Allens Arthur Robinson (as it then was). She was also an associate to the Honourable Justice Buchanan in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 23 Room 10

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Real Property
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Judicial Review



Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Class actions

Fernbrook (Aust) Investments Pty Ltd v AMP Limited (led by Richard Attiwill QC and Melanie Szydzik): securities class action (Federal Court of Australia).

Wigmans v AMP Limited (led by Robert Weber SC): acting for group member in an application to transfer a representative proceeding to the Federal Court and resisting an application for an anti suit injunction (Supreme Court of NSW).

Majid Karami Kamasaee v The Commonwealth of Australia & ors (led by David Curtain QC, Georgina Costello, Fiona Forsyth and Melanie Szydzik): counsel for the plaintiff in a class action regarding negligence allegations and false imprisonment claims in respect of persons detained at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, PNG (Supreme Court of Victoria).

Money Max Int Pty Limited v QBE Insurance Group Pty Limited (led by Michael Lee SC; Bernard Quinn QC): securities class action, actuarial and US crop insurance (Federal Court of Australia).

General commercial

Monash IVF Pty Ltd v Dr Lynne Burmeister (led by Jon Davis QC): restraint of trade (Supreme Court of NSW).

Network Ten Pty Ltd v Centriq Insurance Company Limited (led by Nicholas De Young): construction of a performance bond (Supreme Court of Victoria).

Garden City Planters Pty Ltd v Master Distributors Pty Ltd (unled): breach of contract (County Court of Victoria).

In the matter of Mamounia Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (unled): liquidators' examination (Supreme Court of Victoria).

Commercial arbitration

IAMA Arbitration (led by Michael Wise): arbitration proceedings before the Honourable Susan Crennan QC.


Lam v Lam; Lam v Nguyen (led by Georgina Costello): proceedings relating to allegations of forgery of documents effecting the transfer of land, resulting and constructive trusts (Supreme Court of Victoria).

Lam v Lam; Lam v Nguyen (led by Georgina Costello): proceedings relating to fraud and forgery allegations and whether incontrovertible facts rendered trial judge’s factual findings glaringly improbable (Court of Appeal).

Lam v Lam; Lam v Nguyen (led by Georgina Costello): stay pending application for special leave (Court of Appeal).

Judicial review and appeals

BSA Ltd v Victorian WorkCover Authority (led by Claire Harris QC): appeal pursuant to s. 478 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) regarding calculation of WorkCover premium payable (Supreme Court of Victoria).

BSA Ltd v Victorian WorkCover Authority (led by Claire Harris QC): appeal pursuant to s. 85 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) regarding deemed worker provisions of that Act (Supreme Court of Victoria).

AS v Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (led by Michael Wise QC): review of Trustee's decision regarding TPD status (Superannuation Complaints Tribunal).

Plaintiff M22/2018 v Minister for Home Affairs & Anor (led by Georgina Costello): application for constitutional writs; Part 7AA of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and fast track reviewable decisions (High Court of Australia).

Dirckze v Holmesglen Institute (led by Andrew Clements QC): resisting an application under s. 148 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act for leave to appeal from orders made relating to claims pursuant to the Equal Opportunity Act  (Supreme Court of Victoria).

Dirckze v Holmesglen Institute (led by Andrew Clements QC): appeal from decision of Associate Justice, reinstatement (Supreme Court of Victoria). 


Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association