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Video 4: LIV CPD 2021 – Succession Law Intensive – Issuing Proceedings in the Supreme Court v County Court: Panel discussion

Video 4: LIV CPD 2021 – Succession Law Intensive – Issuing Proceedings in the Supreme Court v County Court: Panel discussion

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CPD Units 1
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law
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Recorded 19 March 2021 | Runtime: 01:00:08

What is the process you go through to decide whether to issue proceedings in the Supreme Court or the County Court? Do you have a clear matrix you follow or is a decision made more on an ad hoc, case-by-case basis?

Deciding which court to issue in is an everyday decision for succession law practitioners, but it’s not always as straightforward as it may seem. In this highly practical panel discussion, our panellists engage in an open discussion about how they make this important decision. We will look at the matrix or criteria they go through when deciding whether to issue in the Supreme Court or the County Court, the rationale for the decision and why some practitioners seem to prefer one court over the other.

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  • Panelists

    Moderator: Helen McGowan, Principal Legal Director, Halliday Solicitors

    Helen is the principal in a small law practice in Yackandandah in north east Victoria. She is a cross border lawyer – practicing in NSW and Victoria with a particular interest in supporting rural communities to in the practice of Wills and Estates. Helen has a PhD from the ANU College of Law which explored how country lawyers identify and respond to conflicts of interest. She is active in the North East Law Association (Vic) and the Albury & District Law Society (NSW)

    Panelist 1: Louise Gehrig, Partner, Piper Alderman

    Louise Gehrig is a highly experienced litigator with more than 20 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution in corporate and commercial law, trust and estate litigation, particularly at Supreme and Federal Court level.

    Louise’s areas of expertise include wills, estates and trust disputes, property and commercial disputes, Australian Consumer Law including unconscionable conduct in business.

    Louise also has a keen interest in elder abuse and has worked on a variety of pro bono claims defending seniors’ rights.

    Louise’s recent projects have included acting for Stamford Hotel in the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, continuing to act for the Fourth Defendant in the Estate of Gardiner litigation (including: Hughes v Gardiner [2016] VSC 541 & Gardiner v Hughes (2017) 54 VR 394) and acting in the $500m Estate of Cleeve, where she is engaged in advising a trustee of a minor’s trust arising out of an intestacy.

    Panelist 2: Eleanor Coates, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Eleanor signed the bar roll in October 2012 having spent 13 years as a solicitor with a broad practice heading up the Wills and Probate department of Kenna Teasdale Lawyers.

    Eleanor has vast experience in Testator’s Family Maintenance claims and broader Probate cases including caveat proceedings, informal wills, revocation applications, o54 proceedings and other such matters. She also undertakes work in the criminal jurisdiction having obtained her Indictable Crime Certificate and appears in Coronial Inquests.

    Eleanor regularly accepts briefs as a mediator, having completed her accreditation as a Mediator in December 2010 being described by the assessors as “a natural mediator”.

    Eleanor is also a member of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”).

    Eleanor has a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Eleanor has been named on the Doyle’s Guide Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Barristers annually since 2015

    Panelist 3: Bibi Amidzic, Director, Zion Legal, Accredited Specialist, Wills & Estates

    Bibi Amidzic is an Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estate by the LIV. For the past 10 years, Bibi has headed up the Estate Litigation Practice at Slater & Gordon. During her time at Slater & Gordon, Bibi represented numerous clients from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom presented with a long history of mental health issues or substance abuse issues. Her experience spans all Australian jurisdictions with a focus on will disputes and more complex property and estate litigation. She has represented family provision claimants in most Australian jurisdictions and continues to have a keen interest in representing vulnerable members of the community involved in estate disputes and litigation. In early September 2020 Bibi co-founded Zion Legal, a firm specialising in estate disputes throughout Australia.

  • Professional Development

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