- Areas of Law
Litigation , Business Law , Insolvency
- Qualifications LL.B. (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
B.Sc. (Major: Genetics) (University of Melbourne)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Leo Cussen)
Certificate IV (Celebrancy)
Paolo is an experienced solicitor advocate and regularly appears for his clients in Court. He is a Principal Lawyer focusing on Litigation and Insolvency at Aitken Partners.
Having years of experience in all forms of litigation (including commercial disputes, insolvency, crime, defamation and family law to name a few), he is well equipped and prides himself on being able to spot legal issues other lawyers may miss. As examples, he has been involved in advising insolvency practitioners on matters which have included family, criminal and property law issues, as well as complex commercial disputes which have intertwined criminal and family law issues.
Working for many years in small suburban firms, he enjoyed assisting people from all walks of life; from people who were turned away by other lawyers due to their circumstances to corporate clients and professionals including lawyers and insolvency practitioners. Acting for people with diverse backgrounds with varied legal needs, he has appeared and assisted his clients in all State and Federal Courts and Tribunals. He has also assisted people in investigations commenced by regulators, including ASIC and the Fair Work Ombudsman, as well as having administrative decisions made by regulators and other decision makers reviewed.
Recent unreported judgments in which Paolo has appeared which illustrate the diversity of his practice include:
- HGC Properties Pty Ltd  VSC 202
- DPP v Moreno  VSC 675
- Moreno v DPP  VCC 942
- Phillips & Fulton v Greyhound Racing Victoria  VSC 675
- Cary & Dalgard  FCCA 2942
- Abando & Emerton  FCCA 1957
- Laurel Hotel v Moonee Valley CC  VCAT 995
- Marafioti v Gonzalez Pty Ltd  FWC 5484;  FWC 2873
- Yozefovich v AI Insurance Holdings P/L  VCAT 379
- Yathopoulos & Komine  FCCA 267;  FCCA 687
Paolo has also instructed Counsel in the following unreported judgments:
- Cronin & Ors v Lee  VSC 509
- McDermott & Potts (in their capacities as joint and several liquidators of Lonnex Pty Ltd)  VSCA 23
- Meskovski v DPP  VSCA 293
- Tucker v State of Victoria  VSC 389;  VSC 420;  481
- Barry Plant Holdings v Naked Real Estate  ATMO 151
- Access Solutions International v Gamet  VCAT 271
- Access Solutions International v Gamet  VCC 1563
- EMPRJA Pty Ltd v Red Engine Group Pty Ltd  QSC 675
- Bagnato v Moreland CC  VCAT 5
- Bell v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1042;  FCAFC 32;  HCATrans 179
- Acting in complex family law property proceedings which involved issues concerning Capital Gains Tax, whether or not a Trust Deed was executed fraudulently, whether unpaid beneficiary loans in a family trust were a liability and where another party sought to restrain dealings with a property owned by the current wife of the husband where not only was there no evidence of any interest owned by him, but liabilities against the property exceeded the equity.
- Acting for a liquidator in a multi-million dollar uncommercial transaction/unreasonable director related transaction case which included conducting public examinations and an application for judicial advice.
- Acting in complex negligence proceedings against medical and legal practitioners.
- Acting in partnership disputes between legal practitioners .
- Acting for insolvency practitioners in obtaining urgent injunctions to restrain dealings with property as well as warrants to seize property.
- Acting and advising with respect to investigations by regulators (including ASIC and the Fair Work Ombudsman).
- Having a general litigation background, Paolo is well placed to spot legal issues in different areas which other lawyers may miss.
- Dealing with urgent applications, including injunctions, freezing and search orders in both the Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Court of Australia.