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Professional Experience

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As counsel

  • O’Dea & Anor v Westpac Banking Corporation [2019] NSWSC 1078: Acting for former clients of “Ponzi scheme” operator Anthony Famularo in a class action against St George Bank (now Westpac), alleging involvement in an unregistered managed investment scheme, knowing assistance in breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt of trust property, and entering unjust loan contracts. Appeared unled at mediation and appeared on settlement approval application led by Nick Kidd SC.

  • TW McConnell Pty Ltd as trustee for the McConnell Superannuation Fund v SurfStitch Group Ltd (subject to deed of company arrangement) (No 3); Nakali Pty Ltd v SurfStitch Group Ltd (subject to deed of company arrangement) (No 2) [2018] NSWSC 1749: Appearing as junior to G Donnellan, the contradictor in relation to a settlement of a shareholder class action, successfully resisting application for settlement approval without permitting group members to opt out.

  • Luke v Aveo Group Ltd (FCA Case No. VID996/2017): Acting for current and former residents of retirement villages in a class action against a publicly listed retirement village operator, alleging unconscionable conduct and misleading or deceptive conduct. Led by Dr Kristine Hanscombe QC.

  • In the matter of Order of AHEPA NSW Inc [2019] NSWSC 1329: Acting on behalf of members of an incorporated association in a Corporations List application seeking to set aside a new constitution and various resolutions passed at meetings of the members. Led by Mark Ashhurst SC and James Willis at first instance and by Mark Ashhurst SC on appeal.

  • Sergienko v AXL Financial Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 1611: Acting for a crypto currency trader in proceedings arising out of an aborted backdoor listing. Published judgment concerned security for costs application (unled). Led by Sean Docker in the main proceeding.

  • Naumburger v Berger (NSWSC Case No. 2013/327799): Acting on behalf of a member of a partnership in complex and long-running claim concerning the dissolution of the partnership. Appeared unled and successfully resisted a motion for security for costs.

  • Zhao v Bonheur Holdings Pty Limited (NSWSC Case No. 2019/209069): Acting for a property developer defending a claim alleging breach of contract and proprietary estoppel. Appeared unled at return of motion for freezing orders, and successfully obtained substantially less onerous orders.

  • Kuroda & Ors v Lusby & Ors (NSWSC Case No. 2017/348186): Acting for 65 investors in an alleged "Ponzi scheme" run by Tony Lusby, alleging that Macquarie Bank was liable as an accessory for Mr Lusby's negligence and breaches of trust. Led by Martin Einfeld QC.

  • Complaint concerning the death of Ms Dhu: Acting for the family of the late Ms Dhu in high-profile complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission against the State of Western Australia and the Western Australian Country Hospital and Health Service regarding Ms Dhu's untimely death in police custody, alleging racial discrimination and sex discrimination by certain police officers and medical staff. Included acting as counsel in a conciliation with the State and the Health Service.

As a solicitor:

 

  • Pavlovic v Universal Music Australia [2015] NSWCA 313; (2015) 90 NSWLR 605: successfully defended claim against shareholder seeking to enforce settlement agreement alleged to have been entered into. Also acted in related shareholder oppression, breach of trust, and trade mark disputes.

  • Wotton v Queensland: Acting for 447 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Palm Island in a class action alleging racial discrimination by the Queensland Police Service. Included:

    • a 22-day hearing, which established liability in favour of the applicants: [2016] FCA 1457;

    • applications during the trial to adduce expert evidence and to close the Court: [2015] FCA 1073; [2015] FCA 1074; and [2015] FCA 1075; (2015) 333 ALR 466).

    • successful 2-day mediation, resulting in a $30 million settlement, which was subsequently approved in [2018] FCA 915;

    • application to adjourn hearing: [2017] FCA 1315;

    • application in relation to the form and content of orders regarding common questions in representative proceeding: [2017] FCA 639;

    • application for approval of notification and registration regime for group members: see [2017] FCA 406;

    • application for award of costs and interest: [2017] FCA 245;

    • interlocutory application to amend pleading and originating application:  [2015] FCA 910.​

  • Lee v Westpac Banking Corporation: Acting for former clients of Storm Financial in a class action against Westpac, alleging breach of contract, unconscionable conduct, and liability as a linked credit provider for Storm’s misrepresentations and breaches of contract. Including:

    • successful 2-day mediation resulting in $7.5 million settlement, subsequently approved in [2017] FCA 1553; and

    • interlocutory application to amend statement of claim: [2016] FCA 901.

  • Re: Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry Limited (National Court of Justice of Papua New Guinea Case No. MP 41/2017): Acting for a minority shareholder and director in a shareholder oppression claim in Papua New Guinea.

  • Lanai Unit Holdings Pty Ltd v Mallesons Stephen Jacques: Acting for the investors in a development of 80 luxury apartments in a claim for professional negligence against the developers’ former solicitors. Included:

    • successful mediation of the dispute;

    • application for leave to amend claim: [2017] QSC 251;

    • defence of strike out application: [2016] QSC 242; and

    • response to application for security for costs: [2016] QSC 2.

  • McBride v Christie’s Australia: Acting for art dealership in defence of claim alleging misleading or deceptive conduct and contractual mistake in sale of allegedly forged artwork. Included:

    • 10-day final hearing: [2014] NSWSC 1729; and

    • complex multi-party costs dispute: [2015] NSWSC 231.

Professional experience and qualifications

Qualifications

  • Called to the Bar, 2018

  • Admission to NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia, 2014

  • LLB (First Class Honours) University of Technology Sydney, 2013

  • BSc (Financial Mathematics & Statistics) University of Sydney, 2009


Awards

  • Finalist (Pro Bono), Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards 2017

  • Finalist (Dispute Resolution), Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards 2015 and 2016

Prior experience

2014-2018: Solicitor at Sydney law firm

2009-2014: Policy analyst and staff writer at not-for-profit

2009-2013: Director, AUJS Ltd (not-for-profit organisation focussed on student leadership activities and overseas tours)

2009: National Vice President, Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Publications

  • Levitt and Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Setting an Important Restraint on Retirement Village Operators: The Matter of Luke V Aveo Group Ltd’, Precedent (upcoming: October 2018).

  • Levitt and Meyerowitz-Katz, Levitt Robinson Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders (9 August 2018).

  • Brady and Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Protest Prohibited’, Law Society of NSW Journal (March 2017), p91.

  • Brady and Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Binding Clients in Contract’, Law Society of NSW Journal (December 2015), p74.

  • Levitt and Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Wotton v Queensland and Palm Island’s Quest for Justice’, (2014) 8 Indigenous Law Bulletin 3.

  • Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech’, The Australian (9 December 2013), p12.

  • Glass and Meyerowitz-Katz, Submission to the Commonwealth Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Review of Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding (30 November 2013).

  • Meyerowitz-Katz, ‘Defend those who are bullied’, The Australian (15 July 2013), p10.