Profile

Full Name: Miss Erica Lawson
Email: lawson@vicbar.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: 0419576788
Chambers: Dawson Chambers
Date of Admission: 8 Nov 2011
Called to the Bar: 2 May 2019
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), LLM (App Law)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor

Profile

Erica is a strong advocate who tenaciously advances her clients' interests.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Erica practised as a solicitor for over 7 years, where she practised predominantly in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance law, developing a passion for defamation, professional indemnity and common law claims.

Erica’s diverse practice has also included corporate and personal insolvency, property and leasing, building and construction, wills and estates, banking and finance disputes, personal injury litigation, and regulatory actions and disciplinary proceedings against professionals. 

Having acted for some of Australia's largest banks, insurers and corporations, Erica brings a wealth of commercial and strategic acumen to her litigation practice.  She has a thorough understanding of civil procedure and particularly enjoys complex problem solving.

Since coming to the bar, she has been briefed to provide advice on complex disputes spanning various practice areas, to draft pleadings and evidence and assist in interlocutory applications. 

As a confident advocate, she appears regularly in the Supreme Court, County Court, Federal Court and Magistrates Court as well as the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  She has also appeared in the High Court of Australia. 

In 2016 Erica was the Victorian state winner of a public speaking competition, the Ron Shorter Award, held annually by the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association (AILA) and has been actively involved with the AILA (Vic) committee since her success.  

Erica is reading with David Klempfner and her senior mentor is Maryanne Loughnan QC. She is located in Dawson Chambers, 405 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Erica is available to be briefed in all areas of commercial law, common law, criminal law and quasi-criminal law.

In her first month at the Bar, Erica was briefed to appear (unled) in a 7 day trial in the Commercial Divison of the County Court and appeared (unled) in the High Court of Australia in its original jurisdiction before a single judge. 

Areas of Practice

  1. Common Law
  2. Commercial Law
  3. Civil Law & Procedure Law
  4. Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  5. Banking & Finance
  6. Corporations Law & Securities Law
  7. Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
  8. Contractual Disputes
  9. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  10. Criminal Law & Quasi Criminal Law

 

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Expert Determination
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Neutral Evaluation
  • Referees

Appellate

  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Merit Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Building Law & Construction Law
  • Civil Procedure Law
  • Class Actions
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • International Commercial Law
  • Property & Probate
  • Sports
  • Superannuation

Common Law

  • Class Actions
  • Dust Diseases
  • Insurance Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Judicial Review
  • Motor Vehicles & Transport
  • Negligence
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation

Criminal Law

Defamation

Energy Law & Resources Law

Environmental Law & Planning Law

Equity & Trusts

Family Law

Government

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Domestic Building Tribunal
  • Fair Work Commission
  • Military Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions
  • Superannuation Complaints Tribunal
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Civil Liberties
  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Health & Medical
  • Human Rights Law
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review

Tax Law & Revenue Law

Technology Law & Media Law

From 3 May 2019, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


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