Cameron J. Charnley
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My Practice

My practice covers a broad range of corporate and commercial law, including banking and finance law, insolvency, real property, consumer law, equity and trusts, and wills and probate. I accept briefs to advise and to appear in all Victorian and federal jurisdictions, and am also admitted in New Zealand.

Before coming to the Bar, I was an associate to his Honour Judge Cosgrave, Judge in Charge of the Banking and Finance List at the County Court of Victoria. In that role, I gained experience in commercial litigation across a number of practice areas and assisted with legal research. Prior to that time, I worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where I advised Australian and foreign large business clients on a range of domestic and foreign income tax issues. My clients included Top 100 ASX listed companies in most industry sectors.

I studied at the University of Melbourne and hold a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chinese Mandarin. I am also self-taught in Korean. As a result of these language studies, I possess basic conversational skills in both Korean and Mandarin as well as a strong awareness of the respective cultures.

I am a reporter for the Victorian Reports, a publication of significant judgments handed down by the Supreme Court of Victoria and a valuable resource for legal practitioners. I have published articles and given papers on various developments in corporate and commercial law.

I signed the Bar Roll in April 2015 and read with Christopher Archibald QC. My senior mentor is Paul Santamaria QC.

I am a member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria.

For further details about my experience, please visit my page on LinkedIn.

Publications and papers

‘Recent Developments in Property Law’, presented to members of the Eastern Solicitors Law Association, Box Hill, 18 June 2019 (view)

‘Recent Decisions: Morris Finance Ltd v Brown [2017] FCAFC 97’ (2017) 15(3) Personal Insolvency Regulator 13 (view)

‘Caveats, Covenants and Couch-surfers: Recent Developments in Property Law’, presented to members of the Goulburn Valley Law Association, Shepparton, 26 October 2016 (view)

‘Equitable Defences: An Overview’, presented at Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, 19 November 2015 (view)

‘An Appealing Change’ (2015) 89(10) Law Institute Journal 40 (view)

‘Striking the Balance: Victoria’s Open Courts Act 2013’ (2014) 88(1–2) Law Institute Journal 40 (view)

 Some recent cases in which I have appeared

Carlig v M H Heath & M P Jones (t/as Allmand Jones & Partners) [2019] VCC 1175 (view)

Toh & Anor v Wu & Anor [2018] VSC 36 (view)

Comino v Juratowitch (in His Capacity As Trustee of the Bankrupt Estate of Comino) [2017] FCCA 1563 (view)

Lockwood v Ecoliv Buildings Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 109 (view)

Law Blog

My blog features case notes and commentary about developments in corporate and commercial law, focusing on key decisions of the courts in both state and federal jurisdictions.





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Melbourne VIC 3000

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