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 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, shareholders, engineers, architects, developers & builders.  

Vanessa's trial practice includes disputes in the following areas: contract, corporations, shareholder oppression, directors duties, banking, securities trading, corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, guarantees, retail leases, domestic/commerical building, trusts and international commercial arbitration.

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Areas of Practice


  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Building and Construction
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Securities and Investments


  • Civil Appeals


  • Real Property
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Probate


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

International Law

  • Choice of Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Public International Law

Also Entitled to Practise 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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