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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Special counsel joins Maddocks in Canberra January 16, 2020

Thursday 16 January 2020 Veena Bedekar has joined Maddocks as a special counsel in the firm’s Canberra office. Veena joined Maddocks this week and will work with the Maddocks Probity and Property teams. She joins … Continued

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Too much of the (Apple) pie? – Screen-time apps and misuse of market power January 16, 2020

Apple’s ‘screen-time’ functionality (and similar apps released by other developers) have changed the way we engage with our screens, allowing users to monitor how long they spend every day checking emails, messaging and their use … Continued

Katherine Styles Special Counsel

Katherine is experienced in advising on high value and complex dispute resolution and litigation. She advises commercial organisations across many industries, as well as private clients, on a wide range of disputes.

Katherine is an experienced litigator, having conducted proceedings before State and Federal Courts, and the Victorian Court of Appeal, many of which involved complex and multi-faceted factual and legal issues.  She has particular expertise with commercial disputes, including claims of misleading and deceptive conduct, oppression and breach of directors duties, and contract related litigation.

Katherine has a calm and considered approach and works with her clients to achieve positive commercial outcomes for them, through alternative dispute resolution and through litigation.

Legal expertise

Katherine has a broad practice including:

  • Corporations law litigation
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Property related litigation
  • Trust disputes

Relevant experience

  • Acting for a former director and Executive Manager in Supreme Court proceedings, which involve allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of warranties and breaches of an employment contract, arising out of the sale of a business.
  • Acted for Kidman Resources Limited in Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings, and successfully defended claims made by Marindi Metals Limited that it had agreed to acquire Kidman’s lithium rights in the Mt Holland Lithium Project in an exchange of emails and text messages. The Court found, within 7 months of the proceeding being commenced, that no binding or concluded contractual agreement was ever reached, and subsequently ordered that Kidman’s costs be paid on an indemnity basis.
  • Acted in a Supreme Court proceeding, regarding the interpretation of a property development services agreement, which also involved issues of estoppel, alleged breaches of directors’ duties and conspiracy, and a referral to a Special Referee.
  • Acted in arbitrations under the Commercial Arbitration Act 1984 (Vic) between a property developer and the State of Victoria, in relation to a proposed tourist resort development under the Port Bellarine Tourist Resort Act 1981 (Vic), and subsequent Supreme Court proceedings.
  • Acted in Supreme Court proceedings for a beneficiary of a number of discretionary family trusts and unit trusts holding funds in Australia and offshore.
  • Acted for a privately owned company in Federal Court proceedings against a former director for breach of directors’ duties, and obtained an urgent injunction in the Queensland Supreme Court restraining the former director from entering the company’s premises.
  • Acted in an urgent injunction application between property developers and Council regarding the construction of a road through a residential development.
  • Acted in Supreme Court proceedings against a former director and shareholder in relation to alleged misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of directors’ duties and breach of warranty under a Share Sale Deed, arising from investigations conducted by IBAC.