Zappia QC

Pat Zappia QC has a broad and diversified commercial practice in both appellate and trial work. He has appeared as counsel in complex commercial disputes throughout Australia involving takeovers, competition law, company law, insurance law, professional negligence, insolvency and trusts. He has particular experience in large commercial litigation including class actions. 

Pat has acted for domestic and international clients in a range of industry sectors including banking and finance, manufacturing, professional services, transport, insurance and media and entertainment. 

Pat has been acknowledged as a leading barrister in dispute resolution by Chambers & Partners since 2012.


Select matters appearing as a Silk:

  • McNee v Lachlan McNee Family Maintenance Pty Ltd [2020] VSC 273 (Equity) (Moore J)
  • TPSC Pty Ltd v Kingston City Council [2019] VSCA 204 (Planning Law) (Victorian Court of Appeal)
  • CPL Notting Hill Pty Ltd v Microsoft Corporation (No 2) [2019] FCA 223: Intellectual Property (Federal Court)
  • Re Mirabela Nickel Ltd (receivers and managers appointed) (in liq); Ex Parte Madden [2018] WASC 335: Receivers (Supreme Court Western Australia)
  • QNI Resources Pty Ltd & Ors v Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd (in liq) [2017] QCA 167: Insolvency/Contract (Queensland Court of Appeal)
  • Ferguson v Ayres (2017) 259 CLR 478: Constitutional Law/Corporations (High Court)
  • Mineralogy Pty Ltd -v- Sino Iron Pty Ltd [2016] WASCA 105: Equity/Injunctions (Western Australian Court of Appeal)
  • Mineralogy Pty Ltd -v- Sino Iron Pty Ltd [No 13] [2016] WASCA 403: Contract/Equity (Supreme Court of Western Australia) 
  • Slaveska v State of Victoria [2015] VSCA 140: Torts/Estoppel/Limitations of Actions (Victorian Court of Appeal)

Select appearances in the High Court:

  • Clone v Players (2018) 92 ALJR 399: Equity/Fraud
  • Ferguson v Ayres (2017) 259 CLR 478: Constitutional Law and Corporations
  • Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Ltd (2013) 298 ALR 35: Equity/Unconscionable Transactions
  • ACCC v Channel Seven Brisbane Pty Ltd (2009) 239 CLR 305: Trade Practices
  • CGU Insurance v AMP Financial Planning (2007) 235 CLR 1: Insurance
  • Pilmer v Duke Group Ltd (2001) 207 CLR 165: Corporations/Equity
  • Melway Publishing v Robert Hicks (2001) 205 CLR 1: Competition Law

Class Actions:

  • Matthews v SPI Electricity: Kilmore Black Saturday Class action (Supreme Court Victoria): Acting for Defendant State Government Entities
  • Rowe v SPI Electricity: Murrindindi Black Saturday Class action (Supreme Court Victoria): Acting for Defendant State Government Entities
  • Mercieca v SPI Electricity: Beechworth Black Saturday Class action (Supreme Court of Victoria): Acting for Defendant State Government Entities
  • Clarke & Ors v Clarke & Southern Finance Pty Ltd (Supreme Court of Victoria): Actng for Defendant
  • The Owners-Strata Plan No 91086 v Fairview Architectural Pty Ltd (ACL Product Liability) (Federal Court): Currently acting for the Respondent manufacturer

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PH +61 3 03 9225 6777
Email [email protected]
FAX +61 3 8600 1725

Chambers: Room 2112
Aickin Chambers
200 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Arbitration
Civil Appeals
Commercial Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Common Law
Insurance Law
Class Actions
Intentional Torts
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Product Liability
Energy Law & Resources Law
Equity & Trusts
Insurance Law
Professional Negligence
Public Law & Administrative Law
Constitutional Law


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
25 Aug 1999
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
25 May 2000
Appointed Silk:
26 Nov 2014


LLB (Hons), LLM (Chicago)