Contact me

T: +61 3 9225 6204

Clerk: +61 3 9225 7222

lionel@vicbar.com.au

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© Lionel Wirth

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the content of this blog is accurate, it should not be taken as legal advice. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

About me

 

I have a broad commercial practice with a focus on insolvency, building and construction disputes and property disputes.

  • I have appeared and advised in a variety of insolvency and related matters, including claims of phoenixing conduct, directors’ liability, preference payments, insolvent trading and practitioners’ remuneration. I have advised and acted in matters relating to creditors’ claims, including guarantees, matters involving the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 and interests in land.

  • Building and construction disputes form a significant part of my practice. I have appeared frequently in domestic building disputes for owners, builders and subcontractors and has experience with claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 and insurance claims.

  • I have extensive experience with property disputes. He has appeared or advised in disputes concerning contracts of sale of land, leases (retail and commercial), equitable interests (including trusts and claims arising by estoppel), caveats and mortgages.

 

I also have an interest in disciplinary, licensing and regulatory prosecutions. My experience includes matters brought by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, the Building Practitioners Board, the Victorian Racing Club Ltd’s disciplinary subcommittee, the Migration Agents Registration Authority and under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

Other general matters in which I have appeared include contract disputes, professional negligence claims, banking and finance disputes, partnership disputes and claims of oppressive conduct in corporate affairs. I have also appeared several times in the Court of Appeal (led and unled) and conducted appeals on questions of law in the Trial Division of the Supreme Court.

I graduated with first-class honours in law from Monash University. I received the Peter Twining Prize for the Best Honours Thesis in Common Law, the topic of which concerned the law of restitution.

If you have any queries about my practice or anything arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact me or my clerk. My contact details can be found at my Victorian Bar profile page.