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Stephen Meade

Partner
+61.3.9205.2073
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Meade has extensive commercial litigation experience across various industries with a particular focus on tort and contractual claims. He has acted in a number of large commercial disputes that have involved class action proceedings, major tort litigation and joint venture and royalty issues. He practises across various industries, including the oil and gas sector, sports, property (in particular retail leasing) and in relation to administrative law issues.

Mr. Meade has advised clients involved in Royal Commissions, boards of inquiry and other governmental investigations as well as in the defence of regulatory offences. He has sat as a member of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal, appeared before the Australian Football League (AFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal and advises a variety of sporting clients on integrity issues. He also has a particular interest in the doctrine of legal professional privilege and regularly presents on the topic to clients and professional organisations.

Mr. Meade works closely with clients to ensure that the appropriate strategy, including the use of alternative dispute resolution, is adopted to achieve the client's objectives in dealing with disputes.

Mr. Meade is currently completing a Diploma of Sports Law at the University of Melbourne.

Achievements

  • Recognised as one of Australia's leading alternative dispute resolution lawyers (2014/15 - 2018) and litigation lawyers (2018), Best Lawyers.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) member 
  • Australian Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA) member
  • Australia New Zealand Sports Lawyers Association (ANZSLA) member
  • Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Sports Law Committee member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Legal Professional Privilege – Overview and Update", Melbourne, February 18, 2014
  • "Legal Professional Privilege in Litigation", presented at CPD Compliance for Litigation Lawyers Legalwise Conference, Melbourne, March 22, 2012
  • "Dealing with Expert Witnesses", presented at the Leo Cussen Institute's Litigation Intensive, Melbourne, March 6, 2012
  • "Update on Class Actions in Australia", presented at the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association's National Conferences, Sydney, November 11, 2010 and Melbourne, November 12, 2009
  • Acting for Centro Retail Trust and Centro Retail Limited (collectively, CER) in relation to aspects of the class action proceedings brought in the Federal Court with respect to alleged misstatements and breaches of disclosure obligations by CER, in particular the preparation of expert evidence concerning the obligations and responsibilities of CER's auditors. The class action settled in June 2012.
  • Acting for Apache Northwest and Apache Energy (oil and gas companies based in Perth, Australia) in relation to various investigations and litigation arising from the Varanus Island explosion in June 2008, including a prosecution and civil proceedings brought in the Western Australian Supreme Court by Alcoa of Australia Limited. The prosecution of Apache was discontinued in March 2012 and the civil proceedings are ongoing.
  • Acting for Mitre 10 Mega and Mitre 10 Australia in relation to contract and negligence claims made in connection with a store in Campbellfield (Victoria, Australia) allegedly caused by a failed slab constructed by the owner/landlord of the property. The proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal involved multiple cross-claims against sub-contractors involved in the construction of the premises. The claims were settled in November 2012.
  • Acting for Esso Australia (subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation) in relation to various litigious matters arising from the Longford accident in September 1998 including the Longford Royal Commission, class action proceedings in the Federal and Supreme Courts (and appeals) that involved cross-claim against various state entities involved in the Victorian gas industry and a related joint venture dispute with BHP Billiton. The class action proceedings were settled in February 2005 and the joint venture dispute settled in July 2008.
  • Advising various State of Victoria entities in relation to claims made by them for their loss and damage caused by the destruction of roads and other infrastructure as a result of the "Black Saturday" bushfires in Victoria in February 2009, in particular discovery/document production issues. The matter is currently at trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Advising a major food company in relation to proceedings brought in the County Court of Victoria in connection with the supply of flour allegedly infested with beetles.
  • Acting for the AFL in connection with infraction notices served on Ahmed Saad (formerly of the St Kilda Football League) for alleged breaches of the AFL's Anti-Doping Code that were heard in 2013.
  • Acting for the AFL in connection with a dispute with a former international rights broadcast holder and payments owed by it.
  • Advising Melbourne Victory Football Club in relation to misconduct charges brought against the club by Football Federation Australia as a result of incidents that occurred in Melbourne on 29 December 2013 prior to and during the Hyundai A League match against Western Sydney Wanderers.
  • Acting for a Landmark Global Exports Pty Ltd in relation to proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria with respect to a dispute as to royalties allegedly owed to former employees/consultants.
  • Acting for Vision Eye Institute Ltd in relation to a claim by a former director in the Supreme Court of Victoria in connection with a loan made for the purchase shares in the company.
  • Acting for Porter Davis Homes and affiliates in relation to various proceedings in the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal with respect to disputes arising from the construction of residential properties.
  • Advised a major oil and gas company on a price review dispute under a gas supply agreement including advising on contractual interpretation issues.
  • Advising the manufacturer of thermal ticketing products in relation to their loss and damage caused by the supply of defective ink applied to tickets that were then on-supplied to an overseas racing club.
  • Advised Tennis Australia on a complex ticketing/corporate hospitality dispute relating to the 2008 Australian Open.
  • Acted for Esso on various claims for compensation for personal injuries incurred in the course of their employment.
  • Advising numerous clients in relation to retail leasing disputes.