Ms Rebecca M Nelson

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Rebecca Nelson practises in a wide range of commercial matters including corporations, administrative law and major tort class actions. Rebecca also has particular expertise in employment and discrimination matters and is currently ranked by respected peer review publications Best Lawyers and Doyle's Guide for this area of law.  Rebecca is regularly instructed on employment and discrimination law matters, primarily by employers, in the Federal Court. 

Before joining the bar, Rebecca completed her articles at Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks (now Allens) before practising as a Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hong Kong in Commercial Litigation, focussing on cross-border shareholder and joint venture agreement disputes an international arbitration. On her return to Australia, Rebecca practised again in the Commercial Litigation team at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens) where she had carriage of significant employment and discrimination matters.

Rebecca has also appeared in a number of high profile class actions, including the Murrindindi bushfire class action in 2014 and 2015 and the Regent Holdings abalone class action in 2013 as well high-profile commercial litigation such as the litigation involving Asahi Holdings in 2014. 

Recent matters in which Rebecca has appeared include:

Employment and discrimination:

Chen v Monash University [2015] FCA 130 (led by Justin Bourke QC) (successfully defending a claim against Monash University and others)

Chen v Monash University (No 2) [2015] FCA 552 (obtaining a costs award on an indemnity and lump sum basis against an unsuccessful applicant in the amount of $900,000)

CFMEU v Grocon Constructors (Victoria) Pty Ltd and Ors [2015] HCATrans 24 (with Patrick Wheelehan)(successfully opposing an application for special leave for Grocon)

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia v Marmara ([2014] FCAFC 84) (led by Harry Dixon SC acting for the Minister for Employment intervening in the appeal)

Commercial and class action:

Rowe v AusNet Electricity Pty Ltd and Ors (the Murrindindi Bushfire proceeding) (led by John Karkar QC, Wendy Harris QC, Paul Anastassiou QC and James Gorton QC, acting for all three State Parties)

Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd v Pacific Equity Partners Pty Limited(VID 87/2013) (with Andrew McClelland)

Regent Holdings Pty Ltd v State of Victoria and Southern Ocean Mariculture Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 601 (led by Charles Scerri QC and with Claire Harris)

Newtronics Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v Gjerga and Ors (led by Michael Heaton QC and with Stephen Waldren, on behalf of the liquidator)

Oce Australia Pty Ltd v Big Print Pty Ltd (led by Michael Heaton QC and with Trevor Rosen)

National Australia Bank v Norman [2010] HCATrans 134 (High Court- application for special leave)(led by Wendy Harris SC)

National Australia Bank v Norman [2009] FCAFC 152 (Full Federal Court appeal) (led by Wendy Harris SC) 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    07 April 1997
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    20 November 2008
  • Qualifications
    BJuris LLB

Areas of Speciality

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Public Law