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  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Property
  • Retirement Living
  • Business Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy and Corporate Insolvency
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Debt Recovery
  • Defamation
  • Insolvency
  • Litigation
  • Finance litigation
  • Property Disputes

Suzanne is a general commercial litigator, focusing on the Property, Retirement Living, Construction and Education industries. She has over 15 years of experience in a vast range of disputes relevant to these industries, including with respect to retail and commercial leasing, property status and ownership disputes, road disputes, judicial review, easement disputes, breach of contract, Australian Consumer Law matters, , defective building work, novation and assignment of contracts, expert determinations, retirement living resident complaints, fee disputes and defamation. Suzanne also has experience in Corporations Act related matters including oppression, breach of director’s duties and insolvency. She has significant experience in alternative dispute resolution, providing strategic advice with a focus on practical outcomes.

Experience

  • Acting for clients in a range of Property disputes including those related to ownership rights, easements, covenants, leases and adverse possession

  • Assisting clients to navigate retail and commercial lease disputes

  • Acting for Councils, builders, developers and owners in building and construction disputes both domestic and commercial regarding defect claims, breach of warranty claims, contribution claims, Building Act cost recovery claims and challenges to expert assessments

  • Acting for Retirement Village operators regarding resident complaints, contract claims and Australia Consumer Law claims in both VCAT and the Courts

  • Providing advice on contract disputes including breach of contract and assessment of damages, and the impact of the Australian Consumer Law in contract disputes

  • Acting for creditors and liquidators in insolvency related proceedings

  • Representing clients in all Victorian Courts, VCAT and the Civil Federal Court system

  • Defamation claims by individuals and Not-For-Profit Organisations 

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Leadership

  • Member, Victorian Women Lawyers
  • Member, Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria
  • Committee Member, Russell Kennedy Women’s Network