Year of Call: 2002
Year of Silk: 2020
Over the past 18 years, Gavin has developed a broad commercial practice. He undertakes a wide range of trial and appeal work, as well as arbitrations, inquests, public examinations, alternate dispute resolution and advice work. Gavin is predominantly briefed in corporate and commercial cases in superior State courts and the Federal Court of Australia.
A selection of his recent cases include acting for unit holders in a multitude of cases in the Federal Court concerning the Palmer Coolum Resort, appearing in Goomboorian Transport & Ors v Hanson from first instance to the refusal of special leave to appeal (raising tracing issues in relation to the proceeds of a life insurance benefit), acting in criminal proceedings initiated as a private prosecution under the Corporations Act from first instance through to the refusal of special leave to appeal, and appearing in the inquest concerning the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld.
Gavin is a nationally accredited mediator and a member of the Pro Bono and Self-Representation Service Reference Group for LawRight. He also supports LawRight by undertaking pro bono work for clients, in addition to contributing to sub-committees of the Queensland Bar Association.
Gavin is a keen sportsperson, having represented Australia in volleyball. He now fuses his passion for law and sport in acting as the player advocate for the Brisbane Lions, AFL club.
Gavin has been recognised in the fifteenth edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Australia for 2023 in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Law and Litigation.
Gavin has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide in the following practice areas:
- Commercial Litigation & Disputes Resolution – Recommended (Australia) 2020
- Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution – Recommended (Queensland) 2022
- Insolvency & Restructuring – Leading (Australia) 2020
- Insolvency & Restructuring – Recommended (Queensland) 2021
- Mediation – Leading (Queensland) 2021