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Bridget Camilleri

Special Counsel
Bridget specialises in disputes involving large-scale corporate fraud, contractual liabilities, breaches of fiduciary duties, retail leasing, joint ventures and insolvency. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of commercial disputes which assists her to support her clients in all stages of the litigation process, including with the management of complex procedural matters.

As a special counsel in Cooper Grace Ward’s litigation and dispute resolution team, Bridget specialises in disputes involving contractual liability, professional negligence, corporate fraud, property, leasing and insolvency. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of commercial disputes, which assists her to support clients in all stages of the litigation process. In particular, Bridget has specific experience in the management of complex procedural matters.

Before joining Cooper Grace Ward, Bridget was a senior associate at a global law firm and, subsequently, a commercial adviser at Queensland Treasury Corporation, where she focused on project recovery and managing large-scale client projects.

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (International Business and Economics) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Queensland University of Technology
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor – High Court of Australia.
  • Acting for a national construction company in a high-profile fraud in excess of $20 million, including obtaining urgent freezing orders, conducting fraud investigations and pursuing applications for the administration, collection and realisation of assets held by various entities (including overseas).
  • Advising and representing a national petroleum company with disputes involving contratual liabilities, leasing obligations and other commercial claims.
  • Acting for Australian property fund management companies, together with other investment and development entities, in the management of leasing portfolio disputes of various retail shopping centres.
  • Representing companies and private individuals with respect to shareholder disputes and invalid removal of directors.
  • Acting for private companies and individuals in development contract disputes, including enforcement of contractual obligations.
  • Representing a large Queensland insurer, including advice and representation regarding insurance claims arising from professional negligence.
  • Acting for a private individual defending over 20 related court proceedings alleging claims of misrepresentation, professional negligence, breaches of contractual duties and breaches of fiduciary duties in respect of investment advice.
  • Representing both large companies and businesses on product and liability disputes.
  • Acting for a private company in proceedings against a national fast food franchise involving claims for misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Project recovery and management of large-scale government client projects, including those relating to extensive business support packages, due diligence of proposed mining activities, asset management support planning and the implementation of state-wide legislative changes.

Areas of Expertise

Publications

Defamation perspectives: separate 'serious harm' hearings and the Federal Court

Defamation actions include a ‘serious harm’ threshold that often enables respondents to more readily dispose of complaints that do not result in significant damage to the claimant’s reputation. The recent decision in Peros v Blackburn highlights one pitfall for parties defending defamation actions in seeking separate ‘serious harm’ hearings in the Federal Court, and raises whether the Federal Court Rules require amendment to better align with the defamation legislation of the states and territories.

Digital age pitfalls with BIF Act claims

The digital age has certainly enhanced our ability to convey information, something that is very important in the building and construction industry. However, technology can also create pitfalls, particularly when it comes to claims under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld), where compliance with technicalities is critical. The case of Iris Broadbeach Pty Ltd v Descon Group Australia Pty Ltd gives a recent illustration.

Business sales and Australian Consumer Law disputes – when will a court grant relief?

Business sales are often fertile ground for allegations of contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law, but it will take more than a misleading statement for a court to grant relief. A recent Queensland Court of Appeal case demonstrates a common scenario.