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Gayann
Walker

Gayann brings to the Bar over 18 years of litigation experience in the practice of law both in Australia and overseas in the United States, Massachusetts and Florida. Her litigation nous enables her to cut to the core of legal issues quickly to develop case strategy. 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. 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.

Commercial Law

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

Sports Law: Gayann is a Board Member of the Southern Football League where she assists in not-for profit governance and risk management. Gayann also has expertise in appearing before sporting tribunals and is a current member of the Football Victoria Disciplinary Tribunal.

Consumer Law: Gayann has pursued claims on behalf of clients to enforce statutory warranties and guarantees afforded under the Australian Consumer Law.

Building and Construction: Gayann has assisted in a number of large scale litigation matters providing strategic advice and litigation support.

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

Coronial Inquests: Gayann has acted as junior counsel in a high profile inquest involving Victoria Police. Gayann acts for, and counsels, various government entities in relation to appropriate decision making and matters involving the best interests of children.

Migration: Gayann has provided advice and acted on an appeal in the Federal Circuit Court.

Disability: Gayann has appeared extensively before administrative law judges in Social Security Disability Appeals in the United States.

Common Law

Public Liability: Gayann has extensive experience in the United States in torts and negligence matters.

Workers’ Compensation: Gayann has acted in the United States for both insurance companies, employers and injured individuals, and in Australia for plaintiffs and is available for matters at both the state and Commonwealth level.

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
Sports
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Common Law
Criminal Law
Corporate / White Collar Crime
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Civil Enforcement
Maritime Environmental Law
Merit Appeals
Mining
Planning Offences
Animal Welfare
Agricultural Law
Equity & Trusts
Guardianship & Administration
Family Law
Child Disputes
Children's Court
Health & Medical
Prosecutions
Mental Health
Aged Care
Industry Regulations
Gaming Industry
Health Industry
Pharmaceuticals
Food Industry
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
Industry Regulations
Judicial Review
Liquor Licensing
Merits Review
Migration Law
Social Security
Immigration
Human Rights Law
Health & Medical
Freedom of Information (FOI)
Extradition
Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
Disciplinary Proceedings
Customs
Veterans' Entitlements
Constitutional Law
Compliance & Investigations
Civil Liberties
Costs Court & Taxing Master
Sports
Doping / Drugs in Sport
Disciplinary Tribunals
Contract Disputes
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