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Kristin Watkins

Expertise

Kristin is a senior associate in the Melbourne Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group.

Kristin acts on behalf of corporations, directors, small businesses, partnerships and individuals. Her areas of expertise include:

  • valuation disputes in relation to council rates and land tax objections
  • acting for trustees of superannuation funds in relation to claims by members, including total and permanent disablement claims and claims arising from the payment of death benefits
  • contractual disputes
  • disputes arising under the Corporations Act
  • disputes as to ownership of real estate
  • multi-party disputes and class actions.

Kristin’s clients include Scentre Management Ltd (formerly Westfield), Boral Bricks and Legalsuper.

Experience

Kristin has a broad range of litigation experience in both small and large scale litigation in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court and VCAT.  She was recently engaged in the matter of Demi Nominees Pty Ltd v Maroondah CC [2016] VCAT 1680, acting on behalf of the owner of a large shopping centre in successfully objecting to the valuation of her client’s property for land tax and rating purposes. The tribunal were in favour of her client, agreeing entirely with the proposed valuation in relation to capital improved value (CIV), and substantially decreasing the Site Value (SV) on the site. Her client also achieved an order for costs in its favour.

In relation to land valuation disputes, Kristin’s experience includes:

  • Scentre Group – acted in valuation disputes for Westfield shopping centres in Victoria including:
    • Westfield Doncaster – in relation to most recently the 2016 dispute as to the SV of the property. 
    • Westfield Fountain Gate - a SV and CIV dispute a involving a multi-titled property and different retail precincts outside of the shopping centre property. 
    • Westfield Geelong – a SV and CIV dispute which focused on the relevant capitalisation rate to be applied and required careful consideration in relation to the exchange of highly confidential client materials. 
  • Boral/CSR – acted in a case concerning the valuation of a clay pit and brick manufacturing facility in Thomastown. The SV, CIV and Net Annual Value were all disputed.

Kristin also has extensive experience dealing with large scale multi-party disputes. This included assisting the Supreme Court of Victoria in the matter of Kamasaee v The Commonwealth of Australia and Others, otherwise referred to as the Manus Island Class Action, in which Holding Redlich was appointed as the amicus curiae, or friend of the Court. 

Kristin plays an active role in Holding Redlich’s risk management practices and is responsible for risk management policies, practices and training throughout the firm. 

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.