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Expertise

Alana is a senior associate in the Melbourne Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group. She is experienced in managing complex commercial disputes and investigations for corporate and individual clients. Alana has conducted litigation in all Victorian courts and tribunals (including in the Court of Appeal), the Federal Court and the High Court.

Alana’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • Corporate crime and regulatory investigations – foreign bribery, corruption, ASIC investigations, fraud
  • Retail and commercial leasing –  advising some of Australia’s largest retail and commercial landlords and tenants in matters of strategy, risk assessment and management, alternative dispute resolution and litigation
  • Property disputes – land valuations, market rent determinations and disputes relating to land or property
  • Deceased estates – testator family maintenance claims, testamentary capacity and competing wills.

Experience

Since being admitted to practice in 2009, Alana has acted in a number of high profile disputes and investigations.

Some examples of her recent work include:

Corporate crime and regulatory investigations

  • acting for the former CEO of Note Printing Australia Limited in Australia’s first foreign bribery prosecution
  • acting for persons of interest in AFP investigations relating to foreign bribery and corruption
  • acting for persons of interest in ASIC investigations
  • acting for former Essendon FC staff and players in ASADA’s investigation into the use of banned substances.

Retail and commercial leasing

  • advising and representing Scentre Group (owner and manager of Westfield shopping centres in Australia) in relation to retail leasing disputes
  • advising and representing ISPT in relation to retail and commercial leasing disputes.

Deceased estates

  • acting for beneficiaries in a complex estate dispute involving issues of competing wills, testamentary capacity, family law and valuation of assets
  • acting for executors and beneficiaries in testator family maintenance claims.

Commercial/contractual disputes

  • acting for insurers, directors and officers in relation to disputes arising out of insurance contracts and deeds of indemnity (for example, Note Printing Australia Limited v Leckenby [2015] VSCA 105).


In 2013/2014, Alana spent a year working for ASIC as a lawyer in its Financial Services Enforcement team. Whilst at ASIC, Alana was involved in a number of investigations arising out of suspected breaches of the Corporations Act and the ASIC Act, particularly in relation to superannuation and self-managed super funds. In this role, Alana conducted numerous ASIC Act examinations of persons of interest, used ASIC’s compulsory powers to gather evidence from corporations and individuals and participated in the execution of an ASIC search warrant in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police. As a result of this work, Alana has gained a unique insight into ASIC’s enforcement operations and the way in which it approaches its investigations and prosecutions.

Publications

18 April 2018 - Blog

Australian companies take note: You could be liable for failing to prevent your associates from engaging in foreign bribery

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Australian companies who conduct business abroad need to be aware of the imminent substantial change to the law regarding foreign bribery offences. If Australian companies fail to prevent their associates from engaging in foreign bribery, they could be subject to large penalties.

12 February 2018 - Blog

Key cases that transformed the legal landscape in 2017 - and how they will impact your business

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

With 2017 now behind us, it is timely to reflect upon significant decisions in the past year which will impact your business. From a record award of damages for defamation, to the first decision under...

22 January 2018 - Blog

Why executives - and former executives - in the banking, superannuation and financial services sectors should be on standby for scrutiny

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

As the business world kicks into action for the new year, there may have been little rest over the holidays for directors and officers in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry.