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Full Name: Ms Luisa F Alampi
Email: alampi@vicbar.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: 0431 173 567
Date of Admission: 8 Nov 2000
Called to the Bar: 20 Nov 2008
Qualifications: B.A. (Social Sciences); LLB
Previous Occupation: General Manager, Legal Services Branch, Consumer Affairs Victoria; Senior Advocate, Legal Services Branch, Consumer Affairs Victoria

Profile

Luisa returns to the Bar after two and a half years at Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) where she occupied the roles of General Manager, Legal Services Branch and Senior Advocate.  She specialises in the areas of general commercial and regulatory law, including consumer protection and disciplinary matters.

During her time at CAV, Luisa had the privilege of advising and representing the Director in a breath of consumer protection matters under the Australian Consumer Law and Australian Consumer Law (Vic) including product safety, misleading or deceptive conduct, false or misleading representations, unconscionable conduct, and unfair contract terms.  She was the lead lawyer in the estate agent “underquoting” matters, together with key prosecutions, applications and disciplinary inquiries under the Australian Consumer Law (Vic), Estate Agents Act, Retirement Villages Act, Motor Car Traders Act, Fundraising Act, Sex Work Act, Domestic Building Contracts Act, Conveyancers Act and Residential Tenancies Act.

Luisa’s matters at CAV resulted in pecuniary penalties and fines in excess of $2m, together with injunctions, declarations, compliance programs and adverse publicity orders.  She was also appointed as the Director’s Delegate and lawyer assisting the Director in numerous coercive examinations held under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act.

Prior to her experience at CAV, Luisa was at the Bar for over seven years where she had a broad commercial practice which included building and construction, negligence, torts, contracts, insurance, property, environmental and planning law.  She regularly advised and appeared for local councils, water authorities and construction professionals which was a large part of her private practice experience before being called to the Bar in 2008.

Luisa appears in all Victorian jurisdictions as well as the Federal Court of Australia. 

30 May 2016 – November 2018 as General Manager and Senior Advocate, Legal Services Branch, Consumer Affairs Victoria (Department of Justice and Regulation)

 

  • Director of Consumer Affairs v ADG Windows Pty Ltd and John Heath (ACL(Vic)) – Magistrates’ Court - applications for interim and final injunctions;
  • Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Wens Bros Trading Pty Ltd & Anor – Federal Court of Australia [2019] FCA 39 - product safety breaches under the (ACL) and (ACL(Vic));
  • Criminal prosecutions (various Magistrates’ Courts):
    • Ezy Lite Pty Ltd and Adnan Dennaoui (ACL(Vic)) – false or misleading representations;
    • Aldergate Nominees Pty Ltd and Tracey Smith - Estate Agents Act 1980 trust account defalcation;
    • Stephen Snowden – s17 of the Retirement Villages Act 1986;
    • Andrew Renn - Domestic Building Contracts Act and ACL(Vic));
  • Instructing in the matter of Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Hocking Stuart (Richmond) Pty Ltd ­- Federal Court of Australia (No.2) [2016] FCA 1435 and [2016] FCA 1184 - (ACL) and (ACL(Vic)) – false or misleading representations concerning the price payable for the sale of land;
  • Instructing in the matter of Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Fletcher and Parker (Balwyn) Pty Ltd – Federal Court of Australia [2017] FCA 1521 including developing case strategy, witness statement drafting, evidence collection and settlement (ACL) and (ACL(Vic)) – false or misleading representations concerning the price payable for the sale of land;
  • Instructing in the matter of Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Manningham Property Group Pty Ltd & Ors – Federal Court of Australia [2017] FCA 1448 including developing case strategy, witness statement drafting, evidence collection and settlement (ACL) and (ACL(Vic)) – false or misleading representations concerning the price payable for the sale of land;
  • Acting as the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria’s Delegate/Appointee in coercive examinations under section 126(1)(c) of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012;
  • Acting as examiner/lawyer assisting in examinations under section 126(1)(c) of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012;
  • Drafting Enforceable Undertakings – L&L Dardha Real Estate (Hocking Stuart Yarraville), CTM Australia Pty Ltd, JRW Property International Pty Ltd and Superior Realty Pty Ltd (Barry P lant Glenroy).

 

March 2019 to present; November 2008 – May 2016

Barrister, Victorian Bar

 

  • Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria & Anor ats Advisory Services Pty Ltd (trading as Ray White St. Albans) – liability of a statutory authority – led by D Klempfner (Supreme Court); 
  • Wheelahan & Ors v City of Casey & Ors – commercial, environmental, false and misleading conduct led by J Gleeson QC and D Klempfner (Supreme Court);
  • Solid Investments Pty Ltd v Vibro- pile (Aust) & Ors – building and construction, false and misleading conduct led by the Hon. Tony Graham (VCAT and Supreme Court);
  • Geotech Pty Ltd v Riva Hawthorn Pty Ltd – an arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Act 2011, led by M Whitten (now QC). Building and construction, false and misleading conduct;
  • Guirguis & Anor v Owners Corporation 17424 – owners’ corporation dispute (VCAT);
  • Cripps v Director of Liquor Licensing – merits review, planning (VCAT);
  •  XYC v Secretary, Department of Justice – merits review, Working with Children application (VCAT);
  • 2G Developments v Hue Boutique Living Pty Ltd & Ors – merits review, planning (VCAT);
  • Bendat v Commissioner for Gambling Regulation and Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc – merits review, planning/gaming (VCAT);
  • Klepfisz v Owners’ Corporation 4105 – owners’ corporation dispute (VCAT);
  • City of Yarra v Cardamone – prosecution under the Building Act (Magistrates’ Court);
  • Tivoli Apartments Pty Ltd v Melbourne City Council & Anor – merits review, planning (VCAT);
  • City of Yarra & Ors v Young - Water Act, negligence (VCAT);
  • Bounce Australia v TR Pty Ltd & Ors – merits review, planning (VCAT);
  • Valos v Valos Black & Associates – solicitor negligence (County Court);
  • Beachley Street Pty Ltd v Grain Haul Pty Ltd – commercial, lease agreement (County Court);
  • Betts v City West Homes & Ors – building and construction, false or misleading conduct (VCAT);
  • Sarkissian v City West Homes & Ors – building and construction (VCAT);
  • Di Pietro v Rose – building and construction (VCAT);
  • Latchen Pty Ltd v Mae Pacific Pty Ltd – building and construction (VCAT);
  • Brown v Cardona [2009] VCAT 910– building and construction dispute (VCAT);
  • Patten v Melbourne Water & Anor – Nuisance, planning (Supreme Court);
  • Numerous appearances for VicRoads in s26AA Road Safety Act appeals (Magistrates’ Court)’
  • Numerous covenant removal cases – Supreme Court.

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Other Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Commercial Law

  • Building Law & Construction Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Property & Probate

Common Law

  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence

Criminal Law

  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Environmental
  • Planning

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Civil Enforcement
  • Merit Appeals
  • Planning Offences

Government

  • Local Government

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review


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