Full Name: Aphrodite Kouloubaritsis
Phone:+61 3 9225 7597
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1601
Date of Admission: 15 Aug 2006
Called to the Bar: 20 Nov 2008
Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons)(Melb)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor, Federal Court Associate, Legal Researcher


At the bar, Aphrodite practices predominately in commercial law, equity and public law.  

A sample of recent matters that she has been briefed in include:

Commercial Law:

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Capuano:(2016 / 2017, County Court of Victoria) - contract variation, security substitution, alleged undue influence. 
  • Acted for a former CFO of a  former ASX listed company in a s.596 examination conducted by the company's receivers: (2016, Federal Court of Australia).
  • BDS House Management Pty Ltd v Asia Pac Holdings Pty Ltd: (2016, Supreme Court of Victoria) - application to set aside a statutory demand under s459J(1)(b) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • You Pack Removals Pty Ltd v Australian Entertainment Logistics Pty Ltd (subject to DOCA): (2015, Supreme Court of Victoria) - acted for a deed administrator in an appeal from his decision to disallow (in part) a proof of debt.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Bastian: (2015, Supreme Court of Victoria) - acted for the CBA in a priorities dispute between competing equitable interests.
  • Benue Minerals Ltd v Banc Qld Pty Ltd (2015, Supreme Court of Victoria) - conversion, detinue, breach of contract.
  • PHD Networks Pty Ltd v Eaglemoss Ltd (2015, District Court of NSW) - conventional estoppel, professional negligence, breach of contract, misleading or deceptive conduct.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Ali: (2014, County Court of Victoria) –  alleged third party fraud, subrogation, construction of  Memorandum of Common Provisions.
  • Primebroker Securities Ltd (receivers & managers appointed) (liquidator appointed) v Douglas Lomas (as trustee of the Centre Management Trust): (2013, Supreme Court of Victoria) - acted for a liquidator in a claim for monies owing under an Australian Securities Lending Agreement; breach of trust and knowing assistance ‘Barnes v Addy’ counterclaim - with Simon Marks QC and thereafter Philip Corbett QC.
  • Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd v Moresi Vineyards Pty Ltd: (2013, County Court of Victoria)defended allegations  that the bank's receiver sold a commercial vineyard at an undervalue; relief sought under s 420A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and s 77 of the Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic).
  • David Mc Lauchlan v Chimaera Capital Ltd: (2012, Supreme Court of Victoria) - acted for a subpoenaed party in relation to whether its litigation funding agreement is subject to litigation client legal privilege.
  • Trust Company of Australia Ltd v Cressey & Ors (2012, Supreme Court of Victoria) – successful removal of four caveats.
  • Somerville v Haboldt: (2011, County Court of Victoria) -undue influence, resulting trust - with Kate McMillan SC (as her Honour then was).

Public / Administrative Law and Commissions of Inquiry

  • Acted for two persons at the Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Commission's public hearings into alleged corruption at the Victorian Department of Education and Training (2015).
  • Acted for the Victorian and Tasmanian Synod of the Uniting Church of Australia in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2014/2015) - with Simon Marks QC.
  • Acted for the National Union of Workers, IR 21 Ltd and other persons in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (2014) - with Richard Attiwill QC.
  • Successfully acted for a real estate agent in relation to disciplinary proceedings commenced by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (2011) – with Kate McMillan SC (as her Honour then was).

Estates, Trust Law and Guardianship Matters

  • In the matter of the estate of Alastair Lucas AO: (2016, Supreme Court of Victoria) - successful application for letters of administration pendente lite - with Rick Wells.
  • Acted for a son in a contested guardianship and administration application involving a beneficiary of a corporate trustee that controls a high-profile Victorian-based company (2011, VCAT) - with Kate McMillan SC (as her Honour then was).
  • In the matter of the estate of Lorraine Lacey: (2011, Supreme Court of Victoria) - lack of testamentary capacity and claim under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (Vic). 
  • Douglas Gardiner v Equity Trustees Ltd: (2011, Supreme Court of Victoria) - application under s 64 of the Trustees Act 1958 (Vic); power of advancement - with Kate McMillan SC (as her Honour then was). 
  • In the matter of Reginald Hedditch: (2010, Supreme Court of Victoria) - application for executorial commission.

Past Experience 

Before coming to the bar, Aphrodite practiced in commercial law and public law at Holding Redlich and at Arnold Bloch Leibler.  

She has worked as a Legal Researcher at the Victorian Court of Appeal (in 2002) and the Federal Court (in 2003). 

Between 2004 and 2005, Aphrodite was Associate to the Honourable Justice Finkelstein at the Federal Court.


Case Note: Walker v D’Alessandro [2010] VSC 15’ (2009) 59 Wills and Probate Bulletin 7 (with Kate McMillan SC).

Executorial Commission and section 65 of the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (Vic)’ (2010) 60 Wills and Probate Bulletin 7 (with Kate McMillan SC).

Past reporter for the Australian Company and Securities Reports (ACSR) and the Federal Law Reports (FLR).

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Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Professional Negligence


  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Competition
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations Law
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Securities and Investments


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review


  • Civil Appeals


  • Family Provision
  • Real Property
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Probate


  • Commissions and other inquiries

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia

Committee Memberships

  • Readers' Course Committee
  • County Court - Banking & Finance Users' Group Meeting (Bar invitees)
From 11 Dec 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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