Alex is a litigator and, no surprises here, is obsessed with solving problems. She is a strategic and critical thinker, a passionate advocate, and doesn’t take no for an answer (unless instructed to do so, of course). In addition to her litigation capability, Alex is also an experienced commercial lawyer.
Alex has a wealth of experience in litigating complex commercial disputes at both trial and appellate level in all Victorian courts, the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, and the Federal Court.
She has a particular interest and expertise in corporations and consumer law matters, insolvency, shareholder disputes, and working with clients in creative industries, horticulture and agriculture, building and construction, professional services, and retail.
A strong supporter of access to justice, Alex works with a number of clients on a pro bono basis and supports law reform projects aimed at protecting vulnerable individuals and business owners.
Alex is the founder of Atticus Lawyers, which merged with Velocity Legal in September 2020.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Commercial law, disputes and litigation:
- Debt recovery;
- Shareholder disputes;
- Financial products;
- Corporations law;
- Consumer law;
- Building and construction;
- Intellectual property; and
- Administrative law.
- Torts, negligence and nuisance: successfully represented the plaintiff in a negligence and nuisance claim relating to spray drift and crop damage with a total value in excess of $1.5m
(Butler Market Gardens Pty Ltd v GG & PM Burrell Pty Ltd  VSC 768 and GG & PM Burrell Pty Ltd v Butler Market Gardens Pty Ltd  VSCA 31);
- Consumer law and loan facilities: Successfully represented the guarantor of a commercial loan facility in an action brought by the lender for possession of the guarantor’s property
(Prime Capital Securities Pty Ltd v Elizabeth Ann Calleja; Calleja PJC Furniture Freighters Pty Ltd v Prime Capital Securities Pty Ltd; Elizabeth Ann Calleja v Prime Capital Securities Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1694 Capital Securities XV Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v Calleja; Calleja PJC Furniture Freighters Pty Ltd v Capital Securities XV Pty Ltd  NSWSC 301);
- Security for costs: Successfully represented the defendant in an application for security for costs
(Capital Securities XV Pty Ltd v Calleja (No 3)  NSWSC 1501);
- Personal costs order: successfully obtained a personal costs against the director of a plaintiff company placed into liquidation
(Capital Securities XV Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v Calleja; Calleja PJC Furniture Freighters Pty Ltd v Capital Securities XV Pty Ltd (in liquidation)  NSWSC 688);
- Taxation: successfully represented a company director in setting aside the decision of the Commissioner of Taxation to reject his defence in respect of director penalty notices in excess of $900,000
(Brown v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 817);
- Insolvency: acted for the liquidator in examinations of the directors and former advisors of a liquidated company suspected of illegal phoenixing; and
- Insolvency: successfully applied to set aside a statutory demand issued by the Commissioner of Taxation to the applicant company in relation to a debt in excess of $1.2m.
- Acted for the vendor in a sale of business transaction valued at +$30m; and
- Acted for the vendor in a sale of business transaction valued at +$10m.