Andrew Blogg

Accredited Specialist Commercial Litigation
Principal Lawyer
Phone: +61 3 8600 6036
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Andrew is a principal with Aitken Partners and is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation.

He acts for individuals, partnerships and small, medium and large private companies who are conducting or involved in a wide range of businesses including farming and agricultural enterprises and frequently acts in disputes concerning a family business or enterprise or in a partnership dispute.

Andrew has a particular expertise in advising persons of their entitlements under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic) when their land (or business) is compulsorily acquired.

Andrew’s preferred approach is to resolve disputes (whether at mediation or otherwise) in order to avoid costly (and often emotionally charged) litigation, but is equally adept at representing his clients in all courts.

Andrew has represented his clients in all State Courts from the Magistrates’ Court to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court and in the Commonwealth Courts including the Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and the High Court.

Andrew also advises a number of liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy matters concerning company and personal insolvency.

Key Experience

  • Conducting an international arbitration (Seattle USA) on behalf of a Australian distributor.
  • Conducting proceedings in Bangkok (Thailand) arising out of a Joint Venture arrangement, including a failure to comply with relevant taxation and import legislation.
  • Conducting various Supreme Court Proceeding in relation to the conduct of Trustees of Family and related trusts.
  • Conducting various Supreme Court Proceeding concerning the Conduct by Trustee of a Superannuation Fund.
  • Advising Tata Global Beverages (Tetley Tea) in a dispute over monies owed under a distribution agreement, the dispute was resolved on commercial terms through negotiation.
  • Advising owners of land acquired for most major infrastructure projects in Victoria over the past few years as well as for many owners affected by minor road widening schemes and public acquisition overlays. The firm currently acts for a number of owners affected by the Regional Rail Link and acted for almost all of the properties affected by the desalination plant at Wonthaggi. Other infrastructure projects in which he has been or is still involved also includes:
    • East West Link
    • Craigieburn By-Pass
    • Eastlink
    • Geelong By–Pass
    • North-south pipeline
    • Outer Metropolitan Ring Road
    • South Wharf
    • Springvale Road Nunawading railway underpass
    • The expansion of a bus depot at a Westfield shopping centre
    • Werribee District Grasslands Overlay.
    • Western Highway project
    • Westgate Freeway up-grade
    • Yan Yean Road duplication

including conducting matters in the Land Valuation List of the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal and the Valuation, Compensation and Planning List of the Supreme Court. Advice has covered both land and business valuations and has covered land owners, businesses and tenants.

  • Advising Australian Financial Security Authority (formerly Insolvency and Trustees Service Australia) on a matter involving complex legal issues concerning the administration of a bankrupt estate of which it was Trustee and the ability of the Trustee to assign a chose in action for valuable consideration. This case ran over many years and included a number of appeals to the Federal Court (all of which were resolved in favour of the Trustee).
  • Advising the Royal Society of Victoria on disputes with member in respect of issues relating to the conduct of the society and the preparation and drafting of a new constitution.

 

Andrew speaks French. 

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