Full Name: Mr Michael K Gurvich
Phone: +61 3 9225 8120
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 0217
Date of Admission: 7 Apr 1999
Called to the Bar: 25 May 2000
Qualifications: LLB


Michael Gurvich has a broad commercial practice.  He advises and appears on behalf of banks, companies, trustees and individuals in relation to:

  • General commercial litigation concerning contractual, equitable, property and trade practices claims
  • Banking & finance matters
  • Corporations and insolvency matters
  • Shareholder and oppression disputes
  • Retail lease disputes
  • Discrimination disputes
  • Owners corporation disputes


Some notable cases in which Michael has appeared include:

Zenith 500 Pty Ltd v Stavrakis and Alexopoulos [2016] VCC 1146 led by J Tsalanidis - acting for a guarantor in a dispute between co-guarantors as to the payment of a debt to Westpac Banking Corporation.

Risi Pty Ltd v Pin Oak Holdings (Building and Property) [2016] VCAT 1112 - acting for a landlord in a dispute as to the enforceability of an unsigned retail lease. 

Reaper v Baycorp Collections PDL (Australia) Pty Ltd (No. 3) [2014] FCA 729 - contempt of court action against a bank employee for failing to produce documents in breach of a subpoena served upon a bank.

IOOF Building Society Pty Ltd v Foxeden Pty Ltd; IOOF Building Society Pty Ltd v Taylor & Anor (2009) 23 VR 536 led by Macaulay S.C. (as he then was) - acting for the Building Society in relation to a claim by a branch operator for reasonable notice of termination and compensation.

Walter & Anor v National Australia Bank [2004] VSC 36 led by Mukhtar Q.C. (as he then was) - acting for the bank in a breach of mortgage dispute where allegations of unconscionability and breaches of the mortgagee’s duties in exercising its power of sale were made.

Kyriackou v Shield Mercantile Pty Ltd [2004] FCA 1338 - acting for the Official Trustee in respect of the consequences to the Official Trustee when a successful appeal is made to the Federal Court to have a sequestration order set aside.

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Mediation


  • Civil Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Civil Procedure Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Property & Probate

Common Law

  • Negligence

Equity & Trusts

  • Real Property

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • All Australian States and Jurisdictions
From 1 May 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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