Mr Nick Hopkins QC

  • Mr Nick Hopkins QC

    Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
    Victorian Bar

Overview

Nick is an experienced trial advocate, appearing in proceedings in Victoria and interstate. He has appeared in numerous superior court trials and is also regularly retained in significant and complex commercial arbitrations.

Nick has conducted a commercial practice since 1989 when he completed articles with Mallesons. He worked as a solicitor in the Commercial Disputes departments of both Mallesons and Baker & McKenzie (London and Melbourne offices) before coming to the Bar in 1995.

Recent matters of significance include:

  • Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Ltd [2012] VSCA 95;
  • Texxcon Pty Ltd v Nominexx Pty Ltd [2012] VSC 50;
  • Sunland Waterfront (BVI) Ltd v Prudentia Investments Pty Ltd [2012] VSC 239;
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel (Vic) Pty Ltd and Fish & Company v Crown Melbourne Ltd [2012] VCAT 225;
  • Sunland Waterfront (BVI) Ltd v Prudentia Investments Pty Ltd [2012] VSC 1, [2011] FCAFC 95, (2011) 195 FCR 213, [2011] FCA 221, [2010] FCA 863, [2010] FCA 1512, [2011] FCA 832;
  • Texxcon Pty Ltd v Austexx Corp Pty Ltd [2011] VSC 203, [2012] VSC 50
  • SMEC Australia Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd [2011] VSC 492, [2011] VSC 213;
  • Management 3 Group Pty Ltd (in liq) v Lenny's Commercial Kitchens Pty Ltd (No.1) [2011] FCA 662; (No.2) [2011] FCA 663; (No.3) [2011] FCA 725;
  • Westgate Ports Pty Ltd v Port of Melbourne Corporation [2011] VSC 331;
  • All Saints Estate Pty Ltd v Victorian Alps Wine Company Ltd [2010] VSC 599 (primary proceeding involving Nick's client settled after three days);
  • Huntley Management Ltd v Australian Olives Ltd [2010] FCA 579;
  • Newnham v Davis [2010] VSC 13;
  • Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Ltd [2010] VSCA 102;
  • Kakavas v Crown Ltd [2009] VSC 559, [2007] VSC 526;
  • Kirby v Centro Properties Ltd [2009] FCA 695;
  • Re DKZN and Companies Auditors & Liquidators Disciplinary Board [2009] AATA 313, [2009] AATA 406, [2009] AATA 765;
  • Biota v GlaxoSmith Kline (VSC);
  • Newtronics v Atco Controls Pty Ltd [2008] VSC 566, (2008) ACSR 317;
  • Clough Engineering v Origin Energy Resources ('Chess Clock' Arbitration);
  • Orrong Strategies v Village Roadshow Ltd (2007) 207 FLR 245;
  • Van Ek Contracting v Roads Corporation [2007] VSC 336;
  • Anaconda Operations v Fluor Australia ('Chess Clock' Arbitration);
  • Danidale Ltd v Abigroup Contractors [2007] VSC 391.

Nick also has considerable appellate experience, including a number of appearances in the High Court and the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Teaching

Melbourne Law Masters