Scott practices in commercial litigation. He acts for private clients, regulatory bodies and revenue agencies in matters involving insolvency (both corporate and personal); banking; corporate disputes (oppression proceedings); disciplinary proceedings; revenue disputes; and disputes with the ACCC.
Scott came to the Bar in 2013 having practiced as a Solicitor in the private and government sectors. From 2011 until he came to the Bar in 2013, Scott was a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Taxation Office conduting litigation in the areas of Director Penalties; tax disputes; remission of penalties; corporate and personal insolvency; and unfair preference claims.
From 2005 until 2011 Scott was engaged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in its Enforcement & Compliance Division (Victoria). He was appointed as an Assistant Director of the Victorian Division in 2007 and led a team investigating and prosecuting breaches of the competition and consumer protection provisions of the then Trade Practice Act 1974. From 1999 to 2005 Scott practiced as a Solicitor in private practice (including a major law firm).
Scott has been a nationally accredited mediator since June 2013 and is regularly engaged to mediate disputes.
Some of Scott's cases that have proceeded to judgment include:
- Islamic Society of Victoria v Ozyurek & Ors (No 1)  VSC 662 (led by N Magee QC) - Application to restrain solicitor from acting.
Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- Turner as Trustee of the bankrupt estate of Wallace v Wallace  FCCA 3044 (led by J Twigg QC) – creditors' remedies - transactions to defeat potential creditors - void transactions - resulting and constructive trusts - equitable interest between husband and wife - section 120 and 121 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966.
- Woods & Lombe as trustees of the bankrupt estate of Ulusoylu v Ulusoylu  FCCA 935 - sale proceeds - transfer of money void pursuant to s.120 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 - no resulting trust - no express trust - no constructive trust.
- Turner in his capacity as trustee of the bankrupt estate of Wallace v Wallace  FCCA 963 (led by J Twigg QC) – transfer of property 10 years prior to bankruptcy - void pursuant to s.121 Bankruptcy Act 1966.
- Polytrade Pty Ltd v Glass Recovery Services Pty Ltd  VSC 164 – statutory demand withdrawn prior to application – costs.
- Brancatisano v Brancatisano  FCA 1424 – application to set aside bankruptcy notice.
- Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Mericka (Legal Practice)  VCAT 103 - appropriate order based on finding against practitioner.
- Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Mericka (Legal Practice)  VCAT 1648 - disparaging comments - disciplinary charges - unsatisfactory professional conduct.
- Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Mericka (Legal Practice)  VCAT 493 - disparaging comments - disciplinary charges - application for summary dismissal.
- Victorian Legal Services Commissioner v Waters (Legal Practice)  VCAT 1835 - failure to notify client of Calderbank offer - providing misleading information to the VLSC - professional misconduct.
Banking and Finance
- Melbourne Linh Son Buddhist Society Inc v Gippsreal Ltd  VSCA 198 - whether costs of trial should be remitted to trial judge - whether issues based cost order should be made.
- Melbourne Linh Son Buddhist Society Inc v Gippsreal Ltd  VSCA 161 - loan agreement - construction of contract - penalties - set off.
- Gippsreal Ltd v Melbourne Linh Son Buddhist Society Inc  VSC 324 - caveat - injunctive restraining orders - deeds - agency - contract - liquidated damages.
- Permanent Custodians Limited v The Deceased Estate of the Late Leonard Tagg & Ors (4 May 2015) Supreme Court of Victoria – mortgage - banking - set aside judgment.
- Fegen v Rahme and Ors - Ruling (5 June 2014) Supreme Court of Victoria, Practice Court – mortgagee - injunction - mareva.
Retail & Commercial Tenancies
- Trevorah v ANS Investments Pty Ltd  VSC 149 - interlocutory injunction - lease to company - company in liquidation - licence agreement.
- Ellijoy Investments Pty Ltd v Hart Brothers Pty Ltd (Retail Tenancies)  VCAT 321 – costs – vexatious proceedings.
Competition and Consumer Advice
- Scott provides advice to clients in respect of competition and consumer issues; responses to ACCC investigations and notices.
Tax Related Matters
- Hope v Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 877 – excess (superannuation) contributions tax – reallocation of contributions to another tax year.
- Scott provides advice, prepares objections and appears for clients in their dealings with the ATO and SRO and related proceedings.
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Chambers: Room 0415
Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William Street
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Property & Probate
Equity & Trusts
Wills & Probate
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law
Tax Law & Revenue Law
Goods & Services Tax
Admitted to the Legal Profession:
04 Nov 1998
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
24 Oct 2013