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Full Name: Mr Cam H Truong QC
Email: camtruong@vicbar.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9225 8388
Mobile: 0417 306 638
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1013
Date of Admission: 3 Apr 2000
Called to the Bar: 10 Nov 2005
Appointed Silk: 29 Nov 2018
Qualifications: BA, LL.B (Hons), LL.M
Previous Occupation: Associate at Slater & Gordon Lawyers (2002 - 2005); Articled Clerk and Solicitor at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers (1999 - 2002)

Profile

Cam took silk in November 2018 after 13 years at the Bar.  He is one of the first Chinese-Australian barristers to take silk in Australia. 

He is an experienced and highly regarded commercial barrister practicing in all areas of commercial law, with particular expertise in trade practices and consumer protection,  corporations and securities law including directors' duties and trusts disputes.

His practice also includes professional negligence, insolvency, property and retail leases disputes, intellectual property, contractual disputes and defamation.

He is briefed by private law firms, government lawyers and directly by in-house Counsel.

Cam has been in the last two editions of the "Best Lawyers List for Australia" in the area of Commercial Law.

Cam regularly advises and appears in Supreme Court, County Court and Federal Court matters and accepts briefs from private law firms, government agencies and directly from in-house lawyers.

Cam's recent and current briefs include:

  • acting and appearing in relation to a copyright claim brought by Microsoft;
  • acting and appearing on behalf of a national pet franchise in relation to a partnership and corporate dispute in which freezing and injunctive orders were obtained;
  • acting and appearing in relation to a complex trust dispute between members of an Australian/Taiwanese family;
  • acting and appearing on behalf of Thermomix in Australia Pty Ltd in relation to civil penalty proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (led by Charles Scerri QC);
  • acting and appearing in relation to a complex trusts dispute between members of an Australian-Malaysian family (led by Peter Bick QC) (currently on appeal).

 

Testimonials:

"I have worked extensively with Cam both in private practice and as in-house lawyer.  Cam is very responsive, thorough and provides high quality work, often within tight deadlines.  He has always struck me as an approachable, extremely organised and competent counsel, providing excellent drafting and advocacy skills, making him my first port of call for any litigious or advice work."

 

David Hopwood, General Counsel, Adaptalift Group (former inhouse Counsel, United Petroleum)

 

Cam is currently undertaking a doctoral thesis examining the effectiveness of Australia's trade practices laws.  He obtained  excellent academic results in both his Masters of Laws at Melbourne University and his Bachelor of Laws at Monash University . 

Prior to signing the Bar Roll, Cam worked as a commercial lawyer and litigator at Corrs Chambers Westgarth (with a particular focus on competition and trade practices law) and Slater and Gordon, working in all jurisdictions.

Cam is a founding member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA – aala.org.au). AALA is the first incorporated association in Australia to focus on the growing number of Asian Australian lawyers in the legal profession, as well as other lawyers with an interest in Asia.

A selection of Cam Truong’s cases:

  • ACCC v Thermomix in Australia Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 556 (misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the supply of kitchen appliances – contraventions admitted)(led by Charles Scerri QC)
     
  • ASIC v Geary [2018] VSCA 103 (civil penalty proceeding against former officer of AWB) (led by Michael Colbran QC and Jonathon Moore QC)
     
  • Ying Mui Pty Ltd v Frank Kiang Ngan Hoh [2018] VSC 214 (relief ordered following earlier findings of breaches of directors’ duties and trust) (led by Peter Bick QC) (currently on appeal)
     
  • Heaney Enterprises Pty Ltd v Just Cuts Franchising Pty Ltd [2018] VSCA 25 (appeal from County Court judgment – allegation of fraud) (without leader)
     
  • Hi-Rise Access Pty Ltd v Standards Australia [2017] FCA 604 (alleged misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with statements made about new Australian standard – trade or commerce) (led by Charles Scerri QC)
     
  • Heaney Enterprises Pty Ltd v Just Cuts Franchising Pty Ltd [2017] VCC 654 (franchising dispute involving Just Cuts hairdressing franchise)
     
  • ASIC v Flugge (No 2) [2017] VSC 117 (civil penalty hearing against former Chairman of AWB following finding of contravention of s.180) (led by Michael Colbran and Claire Harris)
     
  • Raptis v City of Melbourne & Anor [2017] VSC 247 (lease dispute arising out of ‘legality’ of leased premises – summary dismissal because of VCAT’s exclusive jurisdiction)
     
  • Ying Mui & Ors v Frank Kiang Ngan Hoh & Ors [2017] VSC 29 Supreme Court proceeding involving complex trust dispute between members of Malaysian-Chinese family, led by Peter Bick QC.
     
  • ASIC v Flugge & Geary [2016] VSC 779 Supreme Court proceeding involving civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC against former officers of AWB, led by Norman O’ Bryan SC and Jonathon Moore QC.
     
  • He v Huang [2016] VCC 1658 County Court proceeding involving breaches of employment and fiduciary duty.
     
  • United Petroleum Franchise Pty Ltd v Gold Fuels Pty Ltd [2016] VCC 292 County Court proceeding concerning a franchise dispute, led by Peter Bick QC.

 

  • Woodcroft-Brown v Timbercorp Securities Ltd & Ors [2013] VSCA 284 Junior Counsel for the Appellants, led by Julian Burnside QC. Managed investment scheme.
     
  • Bogart Lingerie Ltd v Steadmark Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 212 Supreme Court proceeding between luxury French lingerie label Simone Perele’s Australian subsidiary and Hong Kong manufacturer concerning defective product claims.

 

 

  • Woodcroft-Brown v Timbercorp Securities Limited (in liq) & Ors (2010) 77 ACSR 361; [2010] VSC 68 Junior Counsel for plaintiff in Group proceeding, led by Norman O’Bryan SC and Philip Crennan. Application for leave to proceed against a company in liquidation.

 

To view some of Cam’s papers please click here.

To view Cam's CV please click here.

Further details about Cam can be found on his website: http://www.camtruongbarrister.com.au/

Areas of Practice

Appellate

  • Civil Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Class Actions
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • International Commercial Law
  • Property & Probate

Common Law

  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence

Defamation

Equity & Trusts

  • Real Property

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Employment Contracts
  • Restraint of Trade

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Royal Commissions

International Law

  • Choice of Law / Jurisdiction
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Private International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
From 27 Oct 2011, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


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