Mark Livesey QC

Mark Livesey QC

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Admitted

15 December 1986: Supreme Court of South Australia
High Court of Australia
Victoria
Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales
Queensland

Signed Bar Roll

July 2000

Appointed QC

2 February 2006

Academic Qualifications

LLB, University of Adelaide 1986
LLM, University of Adelaide 1989

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Advocacy
    • Appellate Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation
    • Common Law - General
    • Professional Liability Law
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Commercial Law - General
    • Corporations and Securities Law
    • Equity and Trusts
    • Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Liquidation Law
    • Trade Practices and Competition Law
  • Insurance
    • Insurance matters
  • Medical Negligence
    • Medical Negligence matters
  • Wills, Probate and Family Inheritance
    • Wills, Probate and Family Inheritance matters

 Professional Experience

1986 Supreme Court Associate, the Honourable Justice R.F. Mohr, RFD
1987 Commenced practice at Ward & Partners, Barristers & Solicitors. Partner Commercial and Insurance litigation (1989-2000)
1997-2000 Panel member Law Claims
2000 Commenced practice as a barrister at Edmund Barton Chambers
2003 Joined Bar Chambers, Adelaide
2014 Associate member Nine Selborne Chambers, Sydney

 

Principal Litigation

  • Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Ltd v Pain [2016] SASC 121; (2016) 115 ACSR 1; amendment of superannuation trust deed, consideration of ss 24 and 59C Trustee Act 1936 and Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
  • Mondello Farms v Anwar [2015] SASCFC 109, (2015) 123 SASR 321; foreseeability of consequential mental harm, hand injury a cause of schizophrenia, ss 33 and 45 Civil Liability Act 1936
  • A v C [2015] SASCFC 105, (2015) 123 SASR 477; meaning of “public officer” under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA)
  • Y v R [2015] SASC 96, (2015) 123 SASR 298, determination of privilege claims in proceedings under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA)
  • El Masri v Molloy [2015] SASCFC 63, alleged breach of duty to advise regarding risk of pregnancy, s 41 Civil Liability Act 1936, inadequate reasons and operative delay
  • Medical Board of Australia v Henning [2014] SAHPT 15, proceedings for professional misconduct regarding a suicidal patient
  • Prince Alfred College Inc v A, DC [2015] SASC 12, [2015] SASCFC 151, [2016] HCATrans 163; [2016] HCA 37; (2016) 258 CLR 134, alleged breach of duty to student of boarding house in 1960s for unauthorised predatory sexual misconduct, alleged vicarious liability, extension of time
  • Flinders Ports v Woolford [2015] SASCFC 6, (2015) 121 SASR 485; entitlement of a casual worker to long service leave, meaning of “continuous employment” and “unpaid leave”, Long Service Leave Act 1987 (SA)
  • Allen v Chadwick [2014] SASCFC 100; (2014) 120 SASR 350; [2015] HCATrans 154 (2015) 256 CLR 148; Allen v Chadwick (No 2) [2014] SASCFC 130; motor accident, alleged contributory negligence travelling with an intoxicated driver and failing to wear a seatbelt, ‘act of a stranger’ defence, ss 47 and 49 Civil Liability Act 1936; damages and whether GST properly included in future personal care award
  • King v Philcox [2014] SASCFC 38; (2014) 119 SASR 71; [2014] HCATrans 253; [2015] HCA 19; (2015) 255 CLR 304; mental harm or nervous shock; duty of care - effect of ss 33 and 53 Civil Liability Act 1936
  • Johnson v Leader Computers Pty Ltd as Trustee for the Leader Computer Wholesale Trust; Johnson v Synex Australia Pty Ltd [2014]HCATrans 129; transfer made with intent to defeat creditors, whether a 'defence' under s 86(2) of the Law of Property Act 1936 (the Statute of Elizabeth)
  • Little Miss Miami and Little Miss Mexico [2014] SALC 41, application for special circumstances liquor licence, prior application resolved on agreed conditions, non-compliance with agreed conditions
  • NT Pubco Pty Ltd v Strazdins; Strazdins v Clarke [2014] NTSC 8, summary judgment based on asserted immunity from civil liability of counsel and solicitors
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Greenhill International Pty Ltd (2013) 117 SASR 213; [2013] SASCFC 76; [2014] HCATrans 46; Instruments, implied terms; letters of credit and silent confirmation; bills of exchange
  • BHP Billiton Ltd v Hamilton [2013] SASCFC 75; (2013) 117 SASR 329; [2014] HCATrans 45; negligence; breach of duty of care; causation; effect of s 8 Dust Diseases Act 2005; general damages for mesothelioma, review of interstate damages awards
  • Rasch Nominees Pty Ltd v Bartholomaeus (2013) 115 SASR 473; [2013] SASCFC 23; land contracts; fraud exception to indefeasibility; competing equities; misleading conduct; knowing assistance
  • Burrage v Rural Press Ltd [2013] TASSC 43; workers' compensation; appeal against arguable case finding in a stress claim
  • Koufos v Northern Territory of Australia [2013] NTSC 25; negligence; landlord's duty of care; exposure to lead, allegation of lead induced autism in a child
  • WorkCover/Employers Mutual Ltd v Mericka [2012] SAWCT 42 (Full Bench); (2014) 120 SASR 317 (Full Court); [2015] HCATrans 64; error of law, redemption agreement, meaning of s 42 of Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986; [2013] SAWCT 20; appeal; remittal to different trial judge
  • C Convenience Stores Pty Ltd v Wayville Plaza Retirement Pty Ltd (2012) 114 SASR 299; land contract, contracts in restraint of trade, Tulk v Moxhay covenants, severance, damages for breach of contract
  • Moore v AI Automotive Pty Ltd (2012) 113 SASR 123 (Full Court); determination of costs in summary matters
  • Martin v Employers Mutual Ltd (2012) 112 SASR 436 (Full Court); workers compensation question of law; dux litis
  • Gerah Imports Pty Ltd v The Duke Group Ltd (in liq) [2012] SASC 63; liquidator's directions regarding entitlement of shareholders to surplus
  • Blue Sky Private Equity Ltd v Crawford Giles Pty Ltd (2012) 279 LSJS 247; [2012] SASC 28; trustee's application for judicial advice and declarations
  • Elders Rural Services Australia Pty Ltd v Registrar of Plant Breeder's Rights (2012) 95 IPR 229; [2012] FCAFC 14; (2012) 199 FCR 520; statutes; interpretation; s 82 Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (Cth)
  • Pandolfi v Carlsund (2012) 32 NTLR 60; (2012) 61 MVR 132; [2012] NTSC 36; anti-suit injunction to restrain the commencement of proceedings in the United Kingdom where proceedings previously commenced in the Northern Territory in relation to the same matter
  • Terry v Leventeris (2011) 109 SASR 358; [2011] SASCFC 26; [2011] HCATrans 274; personal injury; negligence; contributory negligence; damages
  • Campbell v M & I Samaras Pty Ltd (2011) 110 SASR 57; 281 ALR 155; [2011] SASCFC 58; workers compensation, questions of law; whether compensating authority empowered to refer medical questions to Medical Panel; whether referral amounted to impermissible conferral of judicial power on non-judicial body
  • Provident Capital Ltd v Szlasa (2010) 273 LSJS 262; [2010] SASCFC 65; [2011] HCASL 97, land contract, special condition and substitution of party
  • Seal v Transfield Services (Australia) Pty Ltd (2010) 108 SASR 312 (Full Court); [2011] HCATrans 163; workers compensation questions of law; breach of mutuality; total impairment; causation
  • Palios Meegan & Nicholson Holdings Pty Ltd v Shore (2010) 108 SASR 31 (Full Court); legal practice; solicitors; alleged breach of duty; evidence of professional practice
  • Rickus v Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Ltd (2010) 265 ALR 112; [2010] FCAFC 16; contract; interpretation; construction of director's Deed of Indemnity
  • Gwam Investments Pty Ltd v Outback Health Screenings Pty Ltd (2010) 106 SASR 167 (Full Court); sale of goods, implied term, assessment of damages
  • National Australia Bank v Norman (2009) 180 FCR 243; (2009) 74 ASCR 561; [2009] FCAFC 152; [2010] HCATrans 134; managed investments; winding up; whether unregistered managed investment scheme within meaning of s 9 in the Corporations Act 2001
  • Strazdins and Cooper (in their capacity as joint and several deed administrators of DNPW Ltd (subject to DOCA)) v Birch Carroll and Coyle Ltd (2009) 178 FCR 300; 72 ACSR 563; [2009] FCA 731; deed of company arrangement; property
  • Symbion Medical Centre Operations Pty Ltd v Thomco (No 2113) Pty Ltd (2009) 103 SASR 354 (Full Court); application to set aside demand; construction of contracts
  • Leader v Martin-Leader (No 2) [2009] Fam CA 979; application for permission to issue a subpoena against group of corporate entities in the Family Court
  • Brogan v Territory Insurance Office Board (2009) 24 NTLR 159; (2009) 227 FLR 447; whether heart failure an accident or occurrence on a public street under s 4 of the Motor Accidents (Compensation) Act (NT)
  • Ascot Four v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (2009) 255 ALR 441; [2009] FCAFC 61; trade and commerce; trade practices; dual pricing
  • Garrett v Mildara Blass Ltd and Foster's Wine Estates; Attorney-General for the State of South Australia v Garrett [2009] SASC 19; vexatious litigant declarations; effect of earlier declaration
  • W & R Pty Ltd v Birdseye (2008) 102 SASR 477 (Full Court); [2009] HCATrans 79; land contracts; implied term, breach, termination and estoppel by convention
  • Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Ltd v Rickus (No 3) (2008) 69 ASCR 264; [2008] FCA 1986; directors; liability; costs orders
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Ascot Four Pty Ltd (2008) 250 ALR 467; [2008] FCA 1295; trade and commerce; trade practices; dual pricing
  • Ceneavenue Pty Ltd v Martin (2008) 106 SASR 1; 67 ASCR 130 (Full Court); companies; procedure under rules of court; expert determination, share transfer and summary judgment
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission v West (2008) 100 SASR 496; 66 ACSR 143; unregistered managed investment scheme within meaning of s 9 Corporations Act; winding up; disqualification orders and injunctions
  • Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Ltd v Australian Prudential Regulation Authority [2008] FCA 828; judicial review
  • Re Magarey Farlam Lawyers Trust Accounts (2007) 99 SASR 40 (Full Court); payment of claimant's costs out of guarantee fund under Legal Practitioners Act 1991 on supervisor's directions application
  • McVicar v S & J White Pty Ltd t/as Arab Steed Hotel (2007) 97 SASR 160 (Full Court); occupiers liability, reasonable foreseeability and asserted non-delegable duty of care
  • Andrew Garrett Wines Resorts Pty Ltd v National Australia Bank Ltd (2007) 248 LSJS 349; [2007] SASC 173; vexatious litigant declaration
  • Re Magarey Farlam Lawyers Trust Accounts (No 3) (2007) 96 SASR 337; (2007) 246 LSJS 417; payment out of trust following defalcations, whether trust funds should be pooled
  • Mondello Farms Pty Ltd v Annatom Pty Ltd (subject to deed of company arrangement) (2007) 64 ACSR 91; [2007] SASC 296; application for termination of deed of company arrangement
  • Garrett v Westpac Banking Corporation [2007] FCA 439; bills of exchange
  • Re Riverland Fruit Co-operative (in liq) (2006) 203 FLR 310; (2006) 59 ACSR 518; [2006] SASC 3 (Full Court); exercise of examination powers by liquidator of co-operative
  • Duncan (as trustee for the bankrupt Estate of Garrett) v National Australia Bank Ltd (2006) 95 SASR 208; (2006) 235 ALR 385 (Full Court); injunctions, basis upon which order made for payment out of monies paid into Court
  • Harris Scarfe Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) (in liq) v Ernst & Young (No 11) (2006) 246 LSJS 317; [2006] SASC 389 (Full Court); discovery and production; appeal against order for production and inspection of masked portions of settlement documents
  • Hamilton-Smith v George [2006] FCA 1551; bankruptcy, proof of debt, admissibility of evidence of improper purpose
  • Harris Scarfe Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) v Ernst & Young [2005] SASC 113, (2005) 239 LSJS 126; (No 2) [2005] SASC 168; [2005] SASC 255 (Full Court); (No 3)(2005) 242 LSJS 378; [2005] SASC 407; (No 4) (2005) 93 SASR 300; (No 5) [2005] SASC 476; (No 6) [2006] SASC 148; (No 7) [2006] SASC 164; (No 8) [2006] SASC 317; (No 10) (2006) 204 FLR 165, [2006] SASC 325: audit duties; professional negligence; causation; damages; pleadings, discovery and evidence issues, for an auditor.
  • Andrew Garrett Wine Resorts Pty Ltd v National Australia Bank Ltd (No 6) (2005) 92 SASR 419; whether Court has jurisdiction to order registration of discharge of mortgage
  • Sunburst Properties Pty Ltd (in liq) v Agwater Pty Ltd [2005] SASC 335; [2005] 393; (Supreme Court of SA); directors, apparent authority, fictitious, back-dated transactions.
  • Andrew Garrett Wine Resorts Pty Ltd v National Australia Bank Ltd [2004] SASC 229; (2004) 236 LSJS 342; [2005] SASC 105; [2005] SASC 171; [2005] SASC 172; [2005] SASC 292; [2006] SASC 38 (Full Court and Supreme Court of SA); injunctions, real property, securities and related issues
  • Kapunda Road Royal Commission, representing a legal practitioner
  • Dawes and Marsh v The Attorney-General for England & Wales (the Man in Black case) (Supreme Court of SA); charities, private international law, testator family maintenance, for the Attorney-General
  • Ewins v BHP Billiton Ltd (2005) 91 SASR 303 (Supreme Court of SA); assessment of damages in connection with mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos; consideration of interstate damages awards
  • Battye v Shammall (2005) 91 SASR 315 (Full Court); new points on appeal, breach of fiduciary duty as between intending partners
  • Hamilton-Smith v Bernsteen Pty Ltd (in liq) (2004) 89 SASR 87; application to set aside default judgment, whether liquidated claim, exercise of costs power
  • Viscariello v Bernsteen Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) [2004] SASC 266 (Full Court); [2005] HCATrans 435, leave to proceed, allegation of proprietary claim as beneficiary of a trust over monies, alleged Quistclose trust
  • Gerah Imports Pty Ltd v Duke Group Ltd (in liq) (2004) 88 SASR 419 (Full Court); entitlement to post-liquidation interest, application of 'common law of bankruptcy'
  • Boothey v Morris (2002) 219 LSJS 379; [2002] SASC 126 (FC); [2003] HCATrans 685, assessment of damages, proof of assumptions in expert evidence
  • Emanuel Management Pty Ltd (in liq) v Foster's Brewing Ltd and Coopers & Lybrand [2000] QSC 430; (1999) 73 SASR 303; [2003] QSC 205; (2003) 178 FLR 1 (Supreme Courts SA and Qld); public examinations, cross-vesting; conspiracy, breach of directors and fiduciary duties, dividends etc other than out of profits, audit duties, liquidator's claims and avoidance under Bankruptcy and Corporations Acts, insolvent trading and de facto directorship, for the liquidator
  • SECL (in liq) v Arthur Andersen (the Bond Audit case) [2001] SASC 58; [2001] SASC 335; [2002] SASC 20; (2002) 82 SASR 53; [2002] SASC 118; (2002) 82 SASR 63; audit duties; professional negligence; bias allegations, discovery and evidence issues, for the liquidator
  • SECL (in liq) v Bond and Others (the Bond Paintings case) (No 4) [2000] SASC 358; (2000) 78 SASR 339 (Full Court); (2000) 78 SASR 554; interlocutory hearings including of bias allegations; conspiracy, conversion, breach of directors' duties, evidence rulings, for the liquidator
  • Calvaresi v Beare (2000) 76 SASR 300 (Full Court)); torts, liability of council
  • Collie v Motor Accident Commission (1999) 30 MVR 379; [1999] SASC 323 (Full Court); motor accident claim by Gypsy Joker; finding of fraud
  • Fenbury Ltd (in liq) and Others v Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp and Others and Bedell & Cristin (the Bond Boat case) [1998] SASC 6659 (Supreme Court SA, Royal Court, Jersey); breach of directors and fiduciary duties, professional negligence, for a Lloyds syndicate
  • Shipard v MAC (1997) 70 SASR 240 (Full Court); summary judgment; nervous shock, self-inflicted harm
  • Pham v Lawson (1997) 68 SASR 124; [1998] HCATrans 61 (High Court, Full Court); nervous shock
  • Bland v Taylor [1997] HCATrans 9; principles to be applied to the determination of future loss of earning capactiy
  • Townley v Vadipile (1996) 66 SASR 356 (Full Court); double insurance, equitable contribution between statutory insurers
  • Rahim v Crawther (1996) 17 WAR 559; [1997] HCATrans 403 (High Court, Full Court): intra-national choice of law, torts
  • Nalpantidis v Stark (1996) 65 SASR 454; [1996] HCATrans 315 (High Court, Full Court): intra-national choice of law, torts
  • SGIC v Switzerland Insurance (1995) 64 SASR 537 (Full Court): double insurance, equitable contribution
  • Rigney v Rigney (1987) 48 SASR 291 (Full Court): Court's powers, practice and procedure

Papers, presentations

  • "Employers' Vicarious Liability for Criminal Wrongdoing in Australia: Prince Alfred College Incorporated v ADC" - Seventh SA Bar Association Conference - February 2017 (with B J Doyle)
  • "2016 in Review" - presentation to AILA AGM (SA) - 8 December 2016 (with E Belperio)
  • "Modern Trends in Expert Evidence" - Australian Bar Association Conference - MCG, Melbourne, 28-29 October 2016
  • "Vicarious Liability for Intentional Criminal Wrongdoing by Employees in Australia" - Australian Insurance Law Assocation Conference - October 2016
  • "Barbarians at the gate: the attack on professionalism" - IBA Annual Conference, Washington DC - September 2016
  • "Mental Harm, and other problems" - SA Bar Association CPD Program - April 2016
  • "Proportionate Liability" - Sixth SA Bar Association Conference - October 2015 (chairing paper by Brendon Roberts SC and Ian Thomas)
  • “Always a student, never a master” – IBA Annual Conference, Vienna – October 2015
  • “No independent Courts without independent lawyers” – IBA Annual Conference, Vienna – October 2015
  • "Appellate Advocacy", Law Society Forum, 20 February 2015 (with the Hon J.J. Doyle AC and W.J.N. Wells QC)
  • “Tracing trust assets and lifting the Corporate Veil” – Fifth SA Bar Association Conference – October 2014 (with Tom Besanko)
  • “Directors’ Duties in Insolvency” –  International Malaysian Law Conference 2014  – September 2014 (with Scott Evans)
  • “Recent Developments in Insolvency” – IPAA SA – August 2013 (with Brendon Roberts)
  • “Family Companies” - Fourth SA Bar Association Conference – August 2013
  • “Family Companies:  How to Stop a Spouse Behaving Badly” – Perth Family Law Intensive, Family Law Section – Law Council of Australia – August 2013
  • “Insurable Interests” – AILA SA Breakfast Briefing – December 2012
  • “The Assessment of Damages” – Asbestos Litigation – November 2012 (with Tony Possingham)
  • “Good Faith and Construction Contracts” – Law Society of SA and SOCLA Construction Law Conference – October 2012 (with Philip Adams)
  • “What They Really Mean to Say:  The Use and Abuse of Witness Statements and Affidavits” – Third SA Bar Association Conference – September 2012 (with Tom Besanko)
  • "Civil Trial Preparation" - Essays in Advocacy - the Hon Justice T.A. Gray, M. Hinton QC and D.Caruso (eds) (with Hannah Canham)
  • “The Assessment of Damages” – Asbestos Litigation – November 2011
  • "The Implied Undertaking of Harman Rule" - SA Bar Association CPD Program - February 2011 (with Michael Burnett)
  • “Recent Developments in Insolvency” – IWIRC SA – February 2011 (with Brendon Roberts)
  • “Litigating Proportionate Liability” – Legalwise Seminars – 27 October 2010 (with Ian Thomas)
  • “The Modern Law of Causation - Commentary” – Inaugural SA Bar Association Conference – August 2010
  • “The Game – Indemnity, Subrogation, Contribution” – AILA Conference – August 2009 (with Bill Conor)
  • “The Bell Appeal” – IPAA – April 2009
  • “The Legal Profession Bill 2006” – SA Bar Association CPD Program – April 2007 (with W.J.N. Wells QC)
  • “Legal Professional Privilege” – The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association – In-House Counsel Day – March 2007
  • “Expert Reports and Appeals” – Supreme Court Civil Rules 2006 – August 2006
  • “Death, Nervous Shock and Children” – Law Society Personal Injury Conference – March 2006
  • “Experts beware – new rules regarding ‘shadow’ and other forms of experts” – September 2005
  • “Issues for Secured Lenders” – August 2005
  • “Deeds of Company Arrangement” – IPAA – August 2005
  • Insolvency Practitioners Association of SA – Seminar – June 2005
  • “Some Recent Decisions on Directors’ Duties including Actions Against Directors – Corporate Insolvency Update” – Legalwise Seminars – May 2004
  • “Negligence of Tax Practitioners” – LAAMS – April 2002 (with Hugh McPharlin)
  • “Statutory Aids to the Tender of Documentary Evidence in South Australia” – Seminar – August 2001
  • “Some Damages Issues in Claims for Personal Injury” – 9 April 2001 – Law Society Country Conference

Other

International Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2015
Co-Chairman, Forum for Barristers and Advocates, International Bar Association, 2014-2016
President, Australian Bar Association, 2014-2015
Vice President, Australian Bar Association, 2013-2014
Treasurer, Australian Bar Association, 2012-2013
Member, Australian Bar Association, from 2000
President of the South Australian Bar Association 2010-2012
Vice President of the South Australian Bar Association 2010-2011
Treasurer of the South Australian Bar Association 2009-2010
Member, Bar Council of the South Australian Bar Association, from 2006
Member, South Australian Bar Association, from 2000
Director, Law Council of Australia, 2010-2012
Member, Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, 2010-2015
Member, Council of the Law Society of South Australia
Former Chair, Civil Litigation Committee of the Law Society of South Australia
Former Member, Judges' Rules Advisory Committee
Former Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Member, Australian Insurance Law Association
Member, Insolvency Practitioners Association
Member, JusticeNet

Occasional contributions to Law Society continuing education including on insurance law and practice, the assessment of damages for personal injuries, the assessment of damages in commercial cases, advocacy, pleadings and commercial law issues
Contributor to the Bar Readers course from 2003
Occasional Lecturer to the Legal Practice Course on Pleadings and Civil Litigation
Occasional Instructor, Australian Bar Advocacy Training Council (Advanced Trial Course), Law Society Advocacy training
Occasional lectures to University of Adelaide and Flinders University students on Advocacy and Civil Practice