Daniel is a client-focused commercial barrister with a broad range of experience. He specialises in insolvency, property, contractual and general commercial disputes.
Daniel has acted for numerous liquidators and bankruptcy trustees. He has appeared in all Victorian and Federal Courts, both at trial level and in numerous appeals. Another area of interest to him is criminal law at both trial and appellate level, especially in relation to white collar crime.
Daniel understands that for non-institutional clients, litigation is a difficult and stressful process. He is mindful of the need to ensure that clients are as comfortable with the process as possible.
In his Master of Laws, which he completed in 2004, Daniel focused on equity, contractual remedies, professional indemnity insurance and minority shareholders’ remedies.
Daniel has long provided advice at community legal centres and on a pro bono basis. He believes that those who have benefited from the law have the obligation to return that benefit to the community. To that end, he is always prepared to consider requests from solicitors to act on a pro bono basis in appropriate matters.
Type of Practice
Trial and appellate advocacy, pleadings and opinion work, principally in the Supreme Court, County Court and bankruptcy courts. Daniel has often appeared as junior counsel.
Examples of Cases
- In the Matter of Wyndham Park Estate Pty Ltd  VSC 92. Shareholder oppression relief.
- R.G. Murch Nominees Pty Ltd v Paul David Annesley  VSC 107. Application for injunctions and to remove ASIC and PPSR registrations.
- Watts Eagle Services Pty Ltd v Passon  VSC 682. Supreme Court appeal.
- Earthworks Today Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) v Butler  FCA 1386. Freezing order and liquidator's claims for recovery from a director and his wife.
- Brujah v Wolf  VCC 19. Claim for money owed.
- Kuek v Phillips  VSC 332; on appeal  VSCA 332 and  HCASL 70. Claim for payment arising from employment.
- Re Amerind Pty Ltd (rec and mgrs apptd) (in liq) (No 2)  VSC 169. Application by liquidators for directions.
- BB Australia Pty Ltd v Constanti  VSC 114. Supreme Court appeal over franchising agreement.
- Mourik v Von Marburg  VSC 601. Application of the indemnity principle in relation to pro bono representation.
- GW & R Mould Pty Ltd v Mould  VSC 330. Caveat removal application.
- Erskine and Gooding v Elan Media Partners Pty Ltd  VSC 493. Liquidators' application for directions and PPSA claims.
- Patmore v Hamilton  VSC 275. Sale of land dispute.
- Arnold Thomas & Becker Pty Ltd v Finch  VSCA 45;  VCC 819;  VCC 1269;  VSCA 86;  VCC 1431;  VSCA 117. Claim by solicitors for fees and counterclaim for professional negligence.
- In the Matter of Meares Nominees Pty Ltd (In Liq)  FCA 631. Application to extend time under s 588FF of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
- Ali v Retail Decisions Pty Ltd  FCA 1130. Appeal against a sequestration order.
- Westside Real Estate Investments Pty Ltd v Nguyen  VCAT 1830. Leasing dispute and relief against forfeiture.
- Kousal v Suncorp-Metway Limited  VSC 312 and Zhou v Kousal  VCS 187. Application to compel delivery up of a duplicate certificate of title following the purchase of property at a Sheriff’s auction, and application to set aside Sheriff's sale.
- BM2008 Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) v Iliopoulos  FMCA 203;  FMCA 249;  FMCA 267. Creditor’s petition; substituted service
- Re BM2008 Pty Ltd (in liq) (2010) 244 FLR 17;  VSC 337. Application to compel liquidators to register a transfer of shares in a company in liquidation.
- Re Perth Freight Lines Pty Ltd  VSC 395; on appeal  VSCA 277 (2010 80 ACSR 240); on re-hearing  VSC 593 ((2010) 246 FLR 235); on further appeal  VSCA 62. Application to set aside a statutory demand; offsetting claim; recall of unauthenticated orders.
- Iliopoulos v BM2008 Pty Ltd (in liq)  FMCA 376; on appeal  FCA 787 and   HCATrans 326. Application to set aside bankruptcy notice.
- Bray v Dye (No. 2)  VSC 152. Application for costs against lawyers personally.
- Broleb Pty Ltd v Naranto Pty Ltd  VSC 520. Mortgagee’s claim for possession; costs under the mortgage.
- Porter v Bonarrigo  VSC 500; Porter v Bonarrigo (No. 2)  VSC 302. Claim against bankruptcy trustee for an equitable charge or equitable lien over property.
- Bonleaf Pty Ltd v Harmony Imports Pty Ltd  VCAT 2475. Claim by landlord against tenant and guarantors for unpaid rent and outgoings.
- Perth Freightlines Pty Ltd v BM2008 Pty Ltd (in liq)  VSC 542; on further appeal  VSCA 218. Application for leave to appeal from an arbitrator's award; application for leave to enforce the award as an order of the Supreme Court.
- Motium Pty Ltd v Arrow Electronics Australia Pty Ltd  WADC 184; on appeal  WASCA 65. Sale of goods; allegedly defective goods; questions of causation and proof of damage.
- Gurappaji v Penhalluriack  VSC 609. Application to enforce terms of settlement.
- Everest Project Developments Pty Ltd v Mendoza  V Conv R 54-755;  VSC 366. Sale of property “off the plan”; requirements of the Sale of Land Act 1962; recission of contracts of sale; payment of deposits; natural surface level of land.
- Keirl v Kelson (2004) 21 VAR 422;  VSC 224. Three day appeal from the VCAT; apprehended bias because of comments made out of court by VCAT member; unreasonableness of decision; failure to accord procedural fairness by the exclusion of evidence.
- Tankard v Chafer  VSC 171. Two day appeal from the Magistrates' Court; defamation claim; scope of qualified privilege; malice; interest and costs calculations.
- Re the will of G G Sitch (dec'd)  VSC 308 and  VSC 383. Application under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act 1958 for testator’s family maintenance.
- Tsapepas v Rhino Strategic Communications  VSC 55; Appeal to the Supreme Court; limitation of actions; part payment. Further appeal to the Court of Appeal.
- Protec Pacific Pty Ltd v Cherry  VSC 76. Injunction application; expert witnesses; legal professional privilege and confidential information; principle of no property in a witness.
- Protel Communications International Pty Ltd v Chen  FMCA 1135; on appeal  FCA 1374. Application to stay proceedings under the Trade Practices Act 1974 because of related criminal proceedings.
- Johnson v Morrison  VSC 72. Injunction; adverse possession; adequacy of damages; injunction against the Registrar of Titles.
- Tasic v Barro Group Pty Ltd  FMCA 61: application for annulment of a sequestration order.
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Banking & Finance
Property & Probate
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Corporate / White Collar Crime
Proceeds of Crime
Equity & Trusts
Wills & Probate
Powers of Attorney
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law
Costs Court & Taxing Master
Technology Law & Media Law
Admitted to the Legal Profession:
04 Nov 1998
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
22 Nov 2001
BSc, LLB (Hons) (Monash), LLM (Melb)