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Gayann
Walker

Gayann brings to the Bar over 19 years of litigation experience in the practice of law both in Australia and overseas in the United States, Massachusetts and Florida.  Gayann has worked for large, multi-office firms, medium sized partnerships, solo practitioners and government, bringing a high level of organisational awareness to her work.  Her litigation training enables her to cut to the core of legal issues quickly to develop case strategy.  Gayann’s amiable, outcomes-focused approach is compatible for a broad array of clients.  She is available to assist clients requiring advocacy or advisory expertise in a wide range of practice areas within Australia and overseas. 

Sports Law

Tribunals: Gayann has appeared in a number of anti-doping and disciplinary tribunals.  She has familiarity of the WADA Code, Sport Integrity Australia processes and the disciplinary frameworks of multiple international sporting codes.  She is available to act for both sporting organisations and individual athletes domestically and abroad.  Gayann sits as a member on the Football Victoria Disciplinary Tribunal.

Governance: Gayann is available to provide advice to sporting organisations at all levels to support their governance structure and policy development.  She thrives on assisting community sport and has first hand experience as a Board Member of the Southern Football Netball League.

Regulation: Gayann has assisted Racing Victoria in the prosecution of offences and is available for other regulatory prosecutions.

Inquests and Inquiries

Gayann is available for briefs in the Coroner’s Court having considerable experience in this jurisdiction.  Gayann won the 2021 Victorian Bar Pro Bono Team Excellence Award for work in this jurisdiction representing the families of victims of the Bourke Street massacre.  She has provided guidance to organisations navigating the Coronial process.  Gayann has a keen interest in governmental investigations and is available for briefs in IBAC matters and Royal Commissions.

Commercial Law

Contract Disputes:  Gayann has appeared led and unled in matters in the Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts involving various contractual disputes and equitable claims.

Insolvency: Gayann has appeared at the Federal Court in Bankruptcy proceedings.

Commercial Tenancies: Gayann has experience in contractual disputes between landlords and tenants, particularly in the United States, and is keen to assist your corporate clients navigate the changing legislative landscape.

Public and Administrative Law

Gayann acts for, and counsels, various government entities in relation to appropriate decision making and matters involving the best interests of children.  She has appeared in VCAT for the Department of Fairness, Families and Housing (unled): http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2020/1293.ht....

Gayann is a panel lawyer for the Australian Government Solicitors Office, the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecution and the Victorian Office of Public Prosecution.  In addition to her busy practice, Gayann is also a member of the Victorian Bar’s Innovation and Technology Committee and the Women Barristers’ Association Committee.

Gayann holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Molecular Biology, cum laude in addition to her Juris Doctor, cum laude (top 7%).  At law school, Gayann was an editor of the Moot Court Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy.  Gayann also received numerous academic accolades including the Carol DiMati Memorial Scholarship, Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Environmental Law and was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honours fraternity.

Prior to coming to the Bar Gayann was a Senior Solicitor at the State of Victoria Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Department of Health and Human Services.  In Perth Gayann was Head of Personal Injuries at Dwyer Durack.  Before her Australian admission, Gayann was an Investigator for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Gayann read with Alistair Pound and her senior mentor is Rob Heath, QC.

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Contact

PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6777
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room 0338
Dawson Chambers
405 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Appellate
Civil Appeals
Merit Appeals
Commercial Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Sports
Common Law
Criminal Law
Corporate / White Collar Crime
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Agricultural Law
Animal Welfare
Civil Enforcement
Maritime Environmental Law
Merit Appeals
Mining
Planning Offences
Equity & Trusts
Guardianship & Administration
Family Law
Child Disputes
Children's Court
Health & Medical
Aged Care
Mental Health
Prosecutions
Industry Regulations
Food Industry
Gaming Industry
Health Industry
Pharmaceuticals
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Coronial Inquests
Disciplinary Tribunals
Royal Commissions
Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Maritime Environmental Law
Fishery Licenses & Commercial Fisheries
Public Law & Administrative Law
Civil Liberties
Compliance & Investigations
Constitutional Law
Costs Court & Taxing Master
Customs
Disciplinary Proceedings
Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
Extradition
Freedom of Information (FOI)
Health & Medical
Human Rights Law
Immigration
Industry Regulations
Judicial Review
Liquor Licensing
Merits Review
Migration Law
Social Security
Veterans' Entitlements
Sports
Contract Disputes
Disciplinary Tribunals
Doping / Drugs in Sport
Liability of Medical Practitioners
Racing Appeals
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
Technology Law & Media Law
Broadcasting
eCommerce
Entertainment
Information Technical (IT) & Computing
Telecommunications

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
02 Apr 2012
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
02 May 2019

Qualifications

BS, cum laude (Stonehilll College) JD, cum laude (Suffolk University Law School)

Committee Memberships

Innovation and Technology
Women Barristers' Association