RODNEY M GARRATT QC

Bar Roll – 1983    
Admitted – 1980

Phone – (03) 9225 7698
Email – rmgarratt@vicbar.com.au
Chamber – Room 2107, Floor 21, ODW, 525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

RODNEY M GARRATT QC

Bar Roll – 1983    
Admitted – 1980

Phone – (03) 9225 7698
Email – rmgarratt@vicbar.com.au
Chamber – Room 2107, Floor 21, ODW, 525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Admitted to practice in

  • Victoria
  • New South Wales
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Federal Jurisdictions
  • England; Wales

Area of Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract
  • Corporations (Company) Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Leases : Commercial and Retail Tenancies

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  • Mediation : Accredited Mediator
  • Probate/Wills/Family Provision
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law/Sale of Land
  • Securities Commission
  • Sports Law
  • Superannuation
  • Trade Practices

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About

Rodney is a senior silk with a substantial commercial practice which spans advocacy, mediation and arbitration and advice primarily in the areas of trade practices, arbitration law, international sale of goods, contract disputes, equity, corporations law, land law and intellectual property.

Rodney conducts and appears in arbitrations and mediations, and has appeared in hundreds of reported cases at trial, appeal and final appellate levels.  They include Castel Electronics Pty Ltd v TCL Airconditioner (Zhongshan) Co Ltd; Maguire v Makaronis; Acohs Pty Ltd Ucorp Pty Ltd and National Australia Bank Ltd v Bond Brewing Ltd.

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Originally training (and establishing practice) in London, Rodney returned to  Australia to practice as a solicitor in the banking and finance practice of a leading national law firm before becoming a barrister in 1983. Rodney speaks French, German and Italian. This coupled with his international experience and networks, makes him is a valuable resource to clients who need a commercially astute, globally aware legal counsel.

A skilled mediator and arbitrator Rodney was integral in significant arbitrations in 2011 concerning a Victorian traffic camera software development contract, and a breach of an exclusive distribution agreement for Chinese white goods, and conducted Federal Court of Australia proceedings to determine its jurisdiction to enforce a non-foreign international arbitral award.

 

Overview of legal expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporations and Securities
  • Equity/Trusts/Superannuation/Wills
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sale of land/landlord & tenant
  • Trade Practices

 

Professional associations and instruction

 

Teaching / lecturing

  • Victorian Bar’s Readers Course – head of written advocacy section and has instructed in pleadings and drafting for past 10 years
  • Leo Cussen Institute  – lecturer
  • Australian Bar Association – teaches in the advanced advocacy residential courses.

 

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow.
  • The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA)
  • Lincoln’s Inn (www.lincolnsinn.org.uk)
  • Victorian Bar
  • New South Wales Bar Association.

From 1/07/2008: Professional Standards Act 2003 [Vic] “Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.”

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