Stephen Parmenter QC

Bar Roll: 2001 Silk: 2017
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Stephen practises in the Supreme and Federal Courts throughout Australia in most areas of commercial law, but particularly in contractual disputes and claims for misleading or deceptive conduct.

In more than 20 years at the Bar, Stephen has extensive experience in acting for major corporations in significant and long-running complex commercial disputes, for example acting:

– for CITIC Ltd and related corporations since 2012 in numerous related proceedings in Western Australia in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal against Mineralogy Pty Ltd and Clive Palmer concerning the Sino Iron Project, including a 10 week trial in 2022;

– for Viterra Ltd and related corporations since 2014 in a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria brought by Cargill Australia Ltd concerning a sale of business, including a trial of 113 days in 2018 and 2019; and

– for Rio Tinto Ltd and related corporations between 2007 and 2013 in proceedings in the Australian Competition Tribunal, Federal Court, Full Federal Court and High Court brought by Fortescue Metals Group Ltd concerning access to rail infrastructure, including a 42 day hearing in 2009 and 2010.

Stephen has appeared in a number of other significant trials and appeals, and he regularly provides advice in relation to commercial issues.

His particular areas of interest include competition, conflicts of laws, contracts, corporations, equity and trusts, mining, energy and resources and restitution.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Stephen obtained a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied conflicts of laws, corporate insolvency and restitution.  He is also a former editor of the Melbourne University Law Review.  He was a Senior Associate in the litigation department of Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens), and an associate to the former Chief Justice of the Federal Court.

Stephen regularly works as part of a large team with other counsel, solicitors and client representatives.  He enjoys working with others, and had seven readers before taking silk.  He acts diligently and with dedication, and seeks to proffer strategic solutions, in order to obtain the best possible results for his clients.

 

 

*Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

ArbitrationBanking & FinanceBanking, Finance & InsolvencyClass ActionsCommercialCompetitionConfidential InformationConflict of LawsConstructionCorporate & CommercialCorporationsEnergy RegulationEquity & TrustsInsolvencyInsuranceLeasesMediationMining and ResourcesPrivate International LawProfessional NegligencePropertyProperty, Planning, Environment & ResourcesPublic LawRoyal Commissions/Government InquiriesSecuritiesStructured FinanceTrade Practices/Consumer Protection

QUALIFICATIONS

BComm, LLB (Hons) (Melb), BCL (Oxon)
Stephen obtained his undergraduate law and commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, where he was an editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. He also has a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied conflicts of laws, corporate insolvency and restitution.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

Stephen is a member of the Commercial Bar Association.
He regularly assists in marking pleadings exercises for the Victorian Bar Readers' Course.
Stephen was a member of the Preliminary Evaluation Committee in 2019 and 2020.
He was a member of the Court of Appeal Civil Reference Group in 2015.

Stephen Parmenter QC

Bar Roll: 2001 Silk: 2017
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Profile

Stephen practises in the Supreme and Federal Courts throughout Australia in most areas of commercial law, but particularly in contractual disputes and claims for misleading or deceptive conduct.

In more than 20 years at the Bar, Stephen has extensive experience in acting for major corporations in significant and long-running complex commercial disputes, for example acting:

– for CITIC Ltd and related corporations since 2012 in numerous related proceedings in Western Australia in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal against Mineralogy Pty Ltd and Clive Palmer concerning the Sino Iron Project, including a 10 week trial in 2022;

– for Viterra Ltd and related corporations since 2014 in a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria brought by Cargill Australia Ltd concerning a sale of business, including a trial of 113 days in 2018 and 2019; and

– for Rio Tinto Ltd and related corporations between 2007 and 2013 in proceedings in the Australian Competition Tribunal, Federal Court, Full Federal Court and High Court brought by Fortescue Metals Group Ltd concerning access to rail infrastructure, including a 42 day hearing in 2009 and 2010.

Stephen has appeared in a number of other significant trials and appeals, and he regularly provides advice in relation to commercial issues.

His particular areas of interest include competition, conflicts of laws, contracts, corporations, equity and trusts, mining, energy and resources and restitution.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Stephen obtained a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied conflicts of laws, corporate insolvency and restitution.  He is also a former editor of the Melbourne University Law Review.  He was a Senior Associate in the litigation department of Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens), and an associate to the former Chief Justice of the Federal Court.

Stephen regularly works as part of a large team with other counsel, solicitors and client representatives.  He enjoys working with others, and had seven readers before taking silk.  He acts diligently and with dedication, and seeks to proffer strategic solutions, in order to obtain the best possible results for his clients.

 

 

*Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

Areas of Practice

ArbitrationBanking & FinanceBanking, Finance & InsolvencyClass ActionsCommercialCompetitionConfidential InformationConflict of LawsConstructionCorporate & CommercialCorporationsEnergy RegulationEquity & TrustsInsolvencyInsuranceLeasesMediationMining and ResourcesPrivate International LawProfessional NegligencePropertyProperty, Planning, Environment & ResourcesPublic LawRoyal Commissions/Government InquiriesSecuritiesStructured FinanceTrade Practices/Consumer Protection

Cases

Qualifications & Memberships

QUALIFICATIONS

BComm, LLB (Hons) (Melb), BCL (Oxon)
Stephen obtained his undergraduate law and commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, where he was an editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. He also has a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied conflicts of laws, corporate insolvency and restitution.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

Stephen is a member of the Commercial Bar Association.
He regularly assists in marking pleadings exercises for the Victorian Bar Readers' Course.
Stephen was a member of the Preliminary Evaluation Committee in 2019 and 2020.
He was a member of the Court of Appeal Civil Reference Group in 2015.