Michael K Gurvich


Barrister | Accredited Mediator

Admitted:
7 Apr 1999
Bar:
25 May 2000
Location:
Room 0217, Owen Dixon Chambers West,
525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Michael has a broad commercial practice.  He advises and appears on behalf of individuals, companies, banks and trustees, 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

He is a Nationally Accredited mediator.

Some notable cases in which Michael has appeared include:

Aust Cafe Pty Ltd v Thushara de Soysa [2019] VCC 237 - acting for an employer in opposing an application for the removal of a caveat in relation to the tracing of misappropriated funds used by an employee to purchase property.

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.

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 Westpac employee for failing to produce documents in breach of a subpoena served upon the 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 for the Official Trustee when a successful appeal is made by a bankrupt to the Federal Court to set aside a bankruptcy order.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Appellate
Commercial Law
Common Law
Equity & Trusts
Public Law & Administrative Law

Profile1

Michael has a broad commercial practice.  He advises and appears on behalf of individuals, companies, banks and trustees, 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

He is a Nationally Accredited mediator.

Some notable cases in which Michael has appeared include:

Aust Cafe Pty Ltd v Thushara de Soysa [2019] VCC 237 - acting for an employer in opposing an application for the removal of a caveat in relation to the tracing of misappropriated funds used by an employee to purchase property.

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.

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 Westpac employee for failing to produce documents in breach of a subpoena served upon the 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 for the Official Trustee when a successful appeal is made by a bankrupt to the Federal Court to set aside a bankruptcy order.