PROFILE

Full Name: Klaus D Mueller
Email: kmueller@vicbar.com.au
Phone:+61 3 9225 8296
Chambers: William Crockett Chambers
Room: Level 6
Date of Admission: 1 Apr 1973
Called to the Bar: 30 Nov 1989
Qualifications: LLB

Profile

Klaus Mueller (LL.B.) was admitted in Victoria in 1973 and signed the Bar Roll in 1989.

Prior to coming to the Bar Klaus was the senior common law partner with Warren Graham & Murphy, Bairnsdale. He represented plaintiffs in many significant common law actions including Stevens v Brodribb (1986) 160 CLR 16. His Supreme Court practice included a wide range of commercial disputes and the landmark litigation against Esso & BHP on behalf of commercial fishermen arising from the seabed pollution of Bass Strait.

Klaus now practices mainly in personal injuries and appears regularly on circuit at Ballarat. He has appeared at trial and on appeal in a number of lengthy and complicated Personal Injuries, Malicious Prosecution and False Imprisonment cases. He also practices in White collar Crime, Occupational Health and Safety and Coronial inquests. He has appeared for environmentalists, including the successful defence of Bob Brown and documentary film maker, Peter Vaughan.

Klaus also regularly appears at mediations in a broad range of areas including torts, personal injury and commercial matters.

Klaus is President of Cycling Australia. He has frequently chaired Disciplinary Tribunals, Selection Appeals and other inquiries.

Significant cases

Yarra Ranges Bushfire Coroner's Inquest [1998]
Appeared for the Shire of Yarra Ranges at the comprehensive coronial inquest into the 1997 Yarra Ranges bushfires.

Toomey v Scolaro's Concrete [2001] VSC 279
Appeared for 9th Defendant in 57 day trial and subsequent appeal. Plaintiff fell over balustrade resulting in quadriplegia; negligence under Building Act; contribution between defendants.

Wright v Commonwealth [2005] VSCA 309
Appeared for plaintiff in this and a number of Melbourne-Voyager trials..
Court of Appeal: Application of s5(1A) Limitation Act; Clark v Stingel considered and explained.
High Court: intervenor in Stingel v Clark before HCA.

Skrijel v Mengler & Ors [2003] VSC 270
Appeared for National Crime Authority.
Malicious prosecution - Alleged fabrication of evidence by National Crime Authority; whether nolle prosequi a favourable termination of criminal proceedings.

Whittaker v Delmina Pty Ltd [1998] VSC 175.
Appeared for applicant before Industrial Relations Commission, Magistrates Court and on appeal to Supreme Court. Occupational Health and Safety Act not confined to the workplace.

White & Ors v State of SA [2010] 95
Appeared in South Australian Supreme Court for 11 plaintiffs who successfully sued the S A police for false imprisonment, assault and related torts in a trial which lasted for 3 or 4 months

Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Intentional Torts
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Work Injury Damages

Commercial

  • Insurance

Public/Administrative

Criminal

  • White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • Work Health and Safety

Inquests/Inquiries

  • Commissions and other inquiries
  • Coronial Inquests

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Mediators

Areas of Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Mediators
From 1 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


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