PROFILE

Full Name: Mark R Champion
Email: mchampion@vicbar.com.au
Phone:+61 3 9225 8781
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 0125
Date of Admission: 11 Apr 1994
Called to the Bar: 25 May 2000
Qualifications: B.A., LL.B. (Hons)

Profile

Mark Champion has a diverse practice and specialises in all aspects of industrial and employment law. Before the bar, Mark was a Senior Associate at Holding Redlich. In 1998, he was a winner of a pro bono award for "stolen generations" litigation.

His aim is to achieve for his clients the best results circumstances permit. Sometimes that best result is achieved in court and other times by out-of-court resolutions. In his experience clients value frank, commercial and timely advice.

He is also the father of 3 rambunctious boys, a slow cyclist and yearns to return to San Francisco where he was lucky enough to live for 6 months in 2007.

Some of Mark’s matters include:

In the Supreme Court

Carter v Dennis Family Corporation [2010] VSC 406 The employment of the managing director of DFC was terminated on grounds of alleged serious misconduct. The hearing occupied some 26 sitting days. The Plaintiff was awarded damages of $916,774.00 (with Charles Gunst, QC).

Veitch v Director of Housing [2008] VSC 442) Appeal about construction of Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

International Flavours & Fragrances & Hoff [2008] VSC 5 (Byrne J) (as junior counsel to Appeal as to whether employee’s employment redundant (with Nick Green, QC):.

In the Federal Magistrates Court

Kozarova v Secretary, Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2009) 234 FLR 304; [2009] FMCA 888: Pro bono. Appeal as to how domestic violence was relevant to whether a woman was a member of a couple under the Social Security Act 1991

Hughes v. Loy Yang Power Management Pty Ltd. [2010] FMCA 81; Dispute about proper taxation treatment of a settlement sum.

In FWA or the AIRC (Full Bench)

Dundovich v P & O Ports, Print PR923358, Ross (VP), Hamilton DP and Commissioner Eames (8 October 2002) Appeal about an employer’s obligations to a worker who was absent from work and entitled to payments under the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic.)

Smith v Barwon Region Water Authority [2009] AIRCFB 769; (2009) 187 IR 276: Appeal about the concept of whether an application had reasonable prospects of success.

Liu v. NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty Ltd Print PR953845; (2005) EOC 93-376 Hingley C) (at first instance): PR956111 (Giudice J, Ives DP, Eames C) 28 February 2005 Case as to an employee’s entitlement to a redundancy payment when the worker could not re-locate his workplace because of family responsibilities.

Others:

Melbourne City Council v. ASU [2007] AIRC 116 (Grainger C) (20 March 2007) Industrial dispute as to heat policy for MCC parking inspectors. Sunita Kore v. Ipex ITG Pty Ltd PR926555 (Tolley C) 10 January 2003: Employee reinstated after temporary absence from work because of pregnancy related illness.

Re: DRH (A teacher) (Victoria Institute of Teaching) (Formal hearing) (27/10/2009): Teacher convicted of an indictable offence and hearing as to whether teacher fit to teach.

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Areas of Practice

Commercial

Public/Administrative

  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information

Criminal

  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

Industrial/Employment

  • Employment Contracts and Restraint of Trade
  • Industrial Disputes and statutory employment rights

Inquests/Inquiries

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


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