Full Name: Michael K Gurvich
Phone:+61 3 9225 8120
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 0217
Date of Admission: 7 Apr 1999
Called to the Bar: 25 May 2000
Qualifications: LLB


Michael Gurvich has a broad commercial practice.  He advises and appears on behalf of banks, companies, trustees and individuals in relation to:

  • General commercial litigation concerning contractual, equitable, property and trade practices claims
  • Corporations and insolvency matters
  • Shareholder and oppression disputes
  • Banking & finance matters
  • Retail lease disputes
  • Discrimination disputes
  • Owners corporation disputes

Some notable cases in which Michael has appeared in include:

Reaper v Baycorp Collections PDL (Australia) Pty Ltd (No. 3) [2014] FCA 729 - contempt of court action against a bank employee for failing to produce documents in breach of a subpoena served upon a bank.

IOOF Building Society Pty Ltd v Foxeden Pty Ltd; IOOF Building Society Pty Ltd v Taylor & Anor [2009] VSCA 138 led by Macaulay S.C. (as he then was) - acting for the Building Society in relation to a claim by a branch operator for reasonable notice of termination and compensation.

Walter & Anor v National Australia Bank [2004] VSC 36 led by Mukhtar Q.C. (as he then was) - acting for the bank in a breach of mortgage dispute where allegations of unconscionability and breaches of the mortgagee’s duties in exercising its power of sale were made.

Kyriackou v Shield Mercantile Pty Ltd [2004] FCA 1338 - acting for the Official Trustee in respect of the consequences to the Official Trustee when a successful appeal is made to the Federal Court to have a sequestration order set aside.

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Areas of Practice


  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Competition
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations Law
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities and Investments


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination


  • Civil Appeals
From 1 May 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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