Profile

Full Name: Ms Eliza M Bergin
Email: embergin@vicbar.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9225 7827
Fax: +61 3 9225 8480
Mobile: 0430 011 038
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Date of Admission: 2 Oct 2000
Called to the Bar: 27 Jul 2018
Qualifications: LLM (Environmental Law); LLB (Hons); BSc
Previous Occupation: Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons, Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Profile

Every client is different.  Eliza applies a practical approach and identifies early exactly what the client wants from the existing or proposed litigation.  She works closely with clients to determine their objectives and to develop a litigation strategy. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Eliza practised as a solicitor for 17 years including senior roles as a Principal Solicitor at VGSO (2010-2017) and Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons (2004-2010).  She was Associate to Justice Peter RA Gray AM of the Federal Court of Australia (2001-2002).

Eliza represents clients in all areas of public and commercial law.  Her public law experience includes judicial review, FOI, migration law, anti-corruption, regulatory enforcement, civil appeals and disciplinary proceedings.  Eliza has considerable experience in IBAC, Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry.  Eliza’s commercial law experience includes building and construction litigation and arbitration, leasing disputes, commercial disputes, civil appeals and insolvency.  Eliza has particular expertise in land acquisition, planning and environment law.  

Recent significant cases:

Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment Law

Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry

  • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2019) Appointed Counsel to Assist the Royal Commission instructed by the Australian Government Solicitor and the Official Secretary to the Commission established by Letters Patent on 6 December 2018.  Led by P Gray QC and T McEvoy QC with E Hill, B Hutchins and P Bolster
  • Board of Inquiry (2017) Solicitor Assisting the Building Practitioners Board on secondment for 6 months for VGSO while a Principal Solicitor
  • IBAC (2016) Solicitor acting for the State of Victoria before Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission in Operation Ord regarding corruption in the education (IT) sector
  • IBAC (2015) Lead Solicitor acting for the State of Victoria before Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission in Operation Fitzroy regarding corruption in the public transport (bus) sector
  • Inquiry (2014) Solicitor instructing senior and junior counsel before the Inquiry into the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire on behalf of the State of Victoria while a Principal Solicitor at VGSO
  • Royal Commission (2009) Acting for the Municipal Association of Victoria and 77 Local Councils in the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission while a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons

Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation 

Areas of Practice

Appellate

  • Civil Appeals
  • Merit Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Building Law & Construction Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Property & Probate
  • Transport Law

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Environmental
  • Planning

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Agricultural Law
  • Animal Welfare
  • Civil Enforcement
  • Maritime Environmental Law
  • Merit Appeals
  • Mining
  • Planning Offences
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Sewage & Drainage
  • Town Planning
  • Water

Government

  • Local Government
  • Military Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Civil Liberties
  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Health & Medical
  • Immigration
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
  • Migration Law

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia


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