Full Name: Vanessa E Plain
Phone:+61 3 9225 6940
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Mobile:0408 994 810
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1022
Date of Admission: 17 Apr 2007
Called to the Bar: 20 May 2010
Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons) LLM (Melb)

Other Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German


Prior to coming to the Bar, Vanessa Plain practised in the banking/financial services and commercial litigation departments at Thomsons Lawyers, Melbourne. Vanessa also holds a Master of Laws (Melb) with a focus on banking, securities and corporate law.

Vanessa has broad experience acting for corporate and institutional clients including major banks, insurance companies, stock brokers, insolvency practitioners, company directors and professional athletes.

Vanessa has regularly advised in litigious matters dealing with contractual disputes, corporations law, directors duties, trade practices, banking & securities trading litigation, corporate insolvency, bankruptcy and retail leases. She has conducted proceedings in the Magistrates’, County, Supreme and Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Appeal and VCAT.

Vanessa tutors French, German and Japanese to VCE and university level students and is available to draft advice in French and German.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law (Judicial Review)
  • Administrative Law (Merits Review)
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Building and Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consumer Credit
  • Corporations and Securities
  • Defamation, Media & Entertainment
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Energy and Resources
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Equity/Trusts
  • Industrial Relations
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Probate/Wills/TFM
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Residential/Retail Tenancies
  • Sports Law
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications/IT/Computers
  • Torts
  • Trade Practices
  • Freedom of Information

Also Entitled to Practice in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 13 Sep 2010, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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