Eliza M Bergin

Admitted:
2000


Signed Bar Role: 2017

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) LLM in Environmental Law BSc

Areas of Practice

- Appellate Advocacy

- Commercial and Civil

- Estates

- Public


Details:

Member of the South Australian Bar Association
Member of the Victorian Bar


Description:

Every client is different. Eliza applies a practical approach and identifies early exactly what the client wants from the existing or proposed litigation. She works closely with clients to determine their objectives and to develop a litigation strategy.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Eliza practised as a solicitor for 17 years including senior roles as a Principal Solicitor at VGSO (2010-2017) and Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons (2004-2010). She was Associate to Justice Peter RA Gray AM of the Federal Court of Australia (2001-2002).

Eliza represents clients in all areas of public and commercial law. Her public law experience includes judicial review, FOI, migration law, anti-corruption, regulatory enforcement, civil appeals and disciplinary proceedings. Eliza has considerable experience in IBAC, Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry. Eliza’s commercial law experience includes building and construction litigation and arbitration, leasing disputes, commercial disputes, civil appeals and insolvency. Eliza has particular expertise in land acquisition, planning and environment law.

Recent significant cases:

Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment Law

Urban renewal - Advisory Committee – Fishermans Bend (2018, Led by J Forsyth SC, Instructed by City of Melbourne) Advisory Committee into proposed Planning Scheme Amendment GC81 to Melbourne and Port Phillip Planning Schemes including 45 hearing days and 253 submitters Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel (AC) [2018] PPV 71

Planning - Convenience retail - Appearing for permit applicant before VCAT regarding proposed service station ‘On The Run’ in Horsham (2018, unled) OTR 129 Pty Ltd & OTR 130 Pty Ltd v Horsham Rural City Council [2018] VCAT 1778

Planning - Convenience retail - Appearing for permit applicant before VCAT regarding proposed service station ‘On The Run’ in Mildura (2018, unled) OTR 168 Pty Ltd & OTR 169 Pty Ltd v Mildura Rural City Council [2019] VCAT 27

Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2019) Appointed Counsel to Assist the Royal Commission instructed by the Australian Government Solicitor and the Official Secretary to the Commission established by Letters Patent on 6 December 2018. Led by P Gray QC and T McEvoy QC with E Hill, B Hutchins and P Bolster

Board of Inquiry (2017) Solicitor Assisting the Building Practitioners Board on secondment for 6 months for VGSO while a Principal Solicitor

IBAC (2016) Solicitor acting for the State of Victoria before Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission in Operation Ord regarding corruption in the education (IT) sector

IBAC (2015) Lead Solicitor acting for the State of Victoria before Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission in Operation Fitzroy regarding corruption in the public transport (bus) sector
Inquiry (2014) Solicitor instructing senior and junior counsel before the Inquiry into the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire on behalf of the State of Victoria while a Principal Solicitor at VGSO

Royal Commission (2009) Acting for the Municipal Association of Victoria and 77 Local Councils in the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission while a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons
Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation