Bianca McCormack

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB, BA

Practices

 

Bianca specialises in commercial dispute resolution, commercial litigation and public law. Bianca has experience practising in Victoria and New South Wales.

Bianca’s commercial dispute resolution and litigation practice extends to include acting for entities and individuals in large equitable disputes, estate disputes, contractual disputes, high quantum intellectual property disputes, breach of confidence and restraint of trade matters and partnership disputes.

Bianca’s practice sees her acting in matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Court.

Experience

Commercial
  • Acting for the plaintiffs in a high quantum equitable dispute brought against an estate and a company in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Acting for the defendant trustees in a claim brought against them by a beneficiary in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Successfully defending a proprietary estoppel claim in Re Connock (No 3)[2023] VSC 420.
  • Acting for multiple respondent trustees in a high quantum proceeding in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
  • Acting for a respondent in a Federal Court proceeding arising out of alleged breaches of confidence, restraint of trade and copyright.
  • Acting for a defendant shareholder in relation to a shareholder oppression claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Acting for a partner in a dissolved partnership in relation to a dispute between the former partners and a proceeding brought by an alleged creditor of the partnership in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Acting for the applicant and DomaCom Australia Limited in Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Commissioner of Taxation[2018] FCAFC 122.
Public law
  • Acting for a Victorian Government authority in respect of various acquisition claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria and VCAT, pursuant to the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic).
  • Acting for a Victorian Government authority in respect of claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria, pursuant to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic).
  • Advising a Victorian Government department in respect of potential claims under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic) arising out of a proposed compulsory acquisition project.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2023 & 2024
Recognised – Litigation ('Ones to Watch')

Latest thinking

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