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Dan
Coombes

Dan practises predominantly in commercial law, common law and equity.

Since coming to the Bar, Dan has developed a broad practice and has appeared and advised on matters in Victoria, Tasmania and Vanuatu.  Dan accepts briefs to appear led and unled in State and Federal superior courts, Magistrates’ courts and tribunals.  Dan is also a nationally accredited mediator.

Prior to joining the Bar, Dan was associate to Associate Justice Daly of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  During this time, Her Honour was the judge in charge of civil listings and determined interlocutory matters and final hearings in the Commercial Court as well as the Common Law and Commercial and Equity divisions.  Prior to this Dan was the Associate to Justice Dixon of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Dan completed the Juris Doctor at Melbourne University and was nominated valedictorian for the graduating class of 2011.  Dan also holds a Bachelor of Arts and GDLP from the ANU.  Dan has been a resident tutor at St Mary’s College, Melbourne University and currently teaches the civil litigation, commercial law and the ‘Becoming a Practitioner’ components of the ANU Masters of Legal Practice (formerly GDLP)  Dan is a case reporter for the Tasmanian Law Reports. 

Notable Cases:

Acted as junior counsel for a Vanuatu registered bank in proceedings directly related to the Robb Evans v. European Bank Ltd litigation in NSW.  This case involved the exclusionary doctrine in international private law in determining whether $7 million USD, being the proceeds of a large credit card fraud committed in the US, should either; be repatriated to the US via a US government appointed receiver, be considered proceeds of crime according to domestic legislation of the Republic of Vanuatu or be retained by the Vanuatu registered bank. See Public Prosecutor v Evans and European Bank Ltd and Ors [2014] VUCA 38

Represented a Vanuatu based power company as junior counsel in proceedings where a decision of the Republic of Vanuatu and the underlying competitive tender process was challenged by judicial review. See Union Electrique Du Vanuatu Ltd v Republic of Vanuatu [2014] VUSC 146

Represented a national insurance company in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and successfully obtained a compensation order of $180,000AUD against a former tenant of the insured residential property, who was convicted of arson. 

Represented applicants in Supreme Court litigation involving an estate valued at over $1 million AUD, consisting primarily of rural land in northern Tasmania.  At issue was whether the testator had the requisite capacity and asserting a ‘Giumelli’ type constructive trust in favour of the applicants. 

Secured the minimum possible penalty for a large national trucking company after it pled guilty to a ‘severe weight breach’ contrary to the Heavy Vehicle National Law

Represented Event Organisers and the Race Director in a coronial inquest into the death of a driver competing in a ‘Targa’ style car race.  

The information referred to above has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither Victorian Bar Inc nor the barrister's clerk have independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information and neither accepts any responsibility in that regard.

Contact

PH +61 3 9225 6777
Email dan.coombes@vicbar.com.au
FAX +61 3 9225 6355

Chambers: Room 1322
Castan Chambers
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Commercial
Real Property
Insurance
Corporations Law
Corporate Insolvency
Contractual Disputes
Consumer Protection Law
Building and Construction
Bankruptcy
Banking
Common Law/Personal Injury
Intentional Torts
Negligence
Equity
Real Property
Trusts
Wills and Probate
Family Law and Guardianship
Parenting Orders
Property
Industrial/Employment
Industrial Disputes and statutory employment rights
Employment Contracts and Restraint of Trade
Public/Administrative
Merits Review
Judicial Review and administrative law
Immigration Law
Disciplinary Proceedings
Tax/Revenue

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
13 Mar 2012
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
27 Mar 2015

Qualifications

JD (Melb); BA GDLP (ANU)

Also Entitled to Practise in

Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Tasmania
Vanuatu