Suresh Senathirajah Portrait

Suresh Senathirajah QC

Bar roll 1998 Silk 2017
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Suresh Senathirajah QC has a general commercial litigation and regulatory practice

Since coming to the Bar in 1998, Suresh has been briefed in a range of commercial and regulatory matters, including in the areas of corporations and securities law, superannuation, bankruptcy, equity and trusts, insolvency, statutory regulation, professional discipline (legal profession and medical (and allied) profession), professional negligence, insurance (professional indemnity and general commercial), trade practices, banking and finance, telecommunications and intellectual property. 

Before coming to the Bar, Suresh practised as a Solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, as part of their Commercial Disputes and Litigation Group. In this role, he practised predominantly in the areas of commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, banking litigation, corporations and securities law, telecommunications and product liability matters.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Ninian Stephen Chambers
Level 38 Room 19

140 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Building & Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Consumer Credit
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies
  • Superannuation
  • Wills & Probate
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Judicial Review



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)(Melb)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Commercial Law

Secure Funding Pty Ltd (previously known as 'Liberty Financial Pty Ltd') v Insurance Australia Ltd t/as 'NRMA Insurance' [2010] FCA 1094

Idameneo (No 123) Pty Limited v Sutherland, Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial Court), proceeding No S CI 10308 of 2009

Multiplex West Melbourne No 1 Pty Ltd v Bennelong Value Funds Pty Ltd, Supreme Court of Victoria, No 2009 of 2007 F6069

Liberty Oil Holdings Pty Limited v Woolworths Limited, Supreme Court of Victoria, No 2097 of 2006 F 6054

Victorian Securities Corporation v Hay Property Consultants  [2009] VCC 0248

Far Horizons Pty Ltd v McDonald's Australia Ltd [2000] VSC 310

Corporations and Securities

Digital Cinema Network Pty Ltd v Omnilab Media Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 509

Lindholm, in the matter of Munday Group Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (in liq) v Tsourlinis Distributors Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 195

ASIC v Primelife Corporation Limited, proceeding No V1199 of 2004

13 Coromandel Place Pty Ltd v C L Custodians Pty Ltd (in liq) [1999] FCA 144


Prime Ceramics Property Group Pty Ltd (in liq), Supreme Court of Victoria, proceeding No S CI 2011 00875

Lindholm, in the matter of Munday Group Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (in liq) v Tsourlinis Distributors Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 195

Neil v Reward Property Group Pty Ltd [2008] FMCA 1583

Insurance Law

Secure Funding Pty Ltd (previously known as 'Liberty Financial Pty Ltd') v Insurance Australia Ltd t/as 'NRMA Insurance' [2010] FCA 1094

Mechanical and Construction Insurance Pty Limited v Christie Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, proceeding No 3732 of 2009

S Smith & Son Pty Ltd v Vallunga, Supreme Court of Victoria Proceeding No 5931 of 2009

Bruce Arthur Building Services Pty Ltd v The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Limited, Supreme Court of Victoria (Bendigo Registry), proceeding No 132 of 2007

Commercial Arbitration

Clough Engineering Limited v Origin Energy Resources Limited No 8316 of 2006 (ie BassGas litigation), Supreme Court of Victoria (underCommercial Arbitration Act 1984)

Truenergy Pty Ltd v Simply Energy (2009) (decision of a Panel constituted under the Victorian Gas Industry Market and System Operation Rules)

Administrative Law

Carabott v Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) Supreme Court of Victoria, proceeding No 9590 of 2009 (decision of Pagone J on 29 April 2010)

Casement v Department of Primary Industries (General) [2005] VCAT 2510

VBN v Australian Prudential Regulation Authority [2006] AATA 718; (2006) 44 AAR 231; 92 ALD 475

Government Employees' Health Fund Ltd v Private Health Insurance Administration [2001] FCA 322

Professional Negligence

Hay Property Consultants Pty Ltd v Victorian Securities Corporation Ltd [2010] VSCA 247

Webb v JPH Taxation Services Pty Ltd (Civil Claims) [2010] VCAT 88

Victorian Securities Corporation Limited v Hay Property Consultants Pty Ltd [2009] VCC 0248

Professional Discipline

Forster v Legal Services Board J102 of 2010 (VCAT)

Legal Services Commissioner v Owens (Legal Practice) [2010] VCAT 1686

Legal Services Board v Bourozikas [2009] VSC 382

Re OG [2007] VSC 197

Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries v Carabott, decision of the Fisheries Licensing Appeals Tribunal of 21 August 2009

Appearances before the Board of Examiners

Statutory Regulation

Legal Services Board v Forster [2010] VSC 102

Vaughan v Legal Services Board [2009] VSCA 187

Vaughan v Legal Services Board [2008] VSC 200

ASIC v KPMG (Westpoint litigation)

ACCC v Guirguis, Federal Court of Australia proceeding No VID of 2007



Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association - Equity