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Travis Mitchell


  • Telephone: 9225 6109
  • Fax: 9225 8485
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  • Chambers: Level 14, Room 14, Castan Chambers
  • Admitted to Practice: 03 April 2002
  • Signed Victorian Bar Roll: 10 November 2005
  • Nationally Accredited as Mediator: 27 June 2013
  • Also admitted in: Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia
From 01/07/2008, Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Barrister Profile

Travis provides clear and accurate advice to allow clients to make fully informed decisions.

Travis appears in all jurisdictions in trials and appeals, with Senior Counsel or unled. He conducts litigation strategically to achieve commercial and practical results, recognising when resolving the problem will be better than winning an argument.

Through his experience in cases involving equitable issues, Travis is skilled at deploying equity in commercial disputes.

Click here to visit Travis' blog, 'Equity, Trusts and More'

Travis' clarity of thinking and persuasive legal reasoning are well-suited to appeals.  He is often briefed to advise on prospects of success and to appear in appeals.

Travis read with Samantha Marks SC.

Areas of Practice

Travis has recently advised or appeared in proceedings in which the following issues were involved.

Commercial/Property -Breach of contract, contractual interpretation, misleading or deceptive conduct, sale of land, leases, licences and franchise agreements, sale of business, joint venture disputes, debt recovery.

Corporations Act / ASIC Act - oppression, corporate governance, insolvency and external administration, managed investment scheme regulation, financial services regulation, misleading or deceptive conduct, company reinstatement, appeals against decisions of liquidators, waiver of irregularities.

Equity and trusts - undue influence, unconscionable dealing, estoppel, applications to remove a trustee, oppression in unit trusts, breach of confidence, Barnes v Addy claims, breach of fiduciary duties, subrogation, mistake, rectification of contracts, laches, election.

Appeals - in the Full Federal Court and in State Courts of Appeal, Travis has been briefed to advise and appear in appeals concerning estoppel, pre-emptive rights, breach of confidence, contracts, costs, discrimination, environment protection, administrative law and habeas corpus.  Appeals on a question of law under s. 148 of the VCAT Act and s. 109 of the Magistrates Court Act.

Administrative law - judicial review and merits review in many contexts: prisons and the Adult Parole Board, immigration, vocational training registration, housing, environment protection, planning.

Professional negligence - claims against builders, engineers, arhictects, accountants, auditors and solicitors, including proportionate liability claims.

Other Languages

Travis speaks and reads Mandarin.

After studying Chinese language, history and culture in Melbourne for 10 years, including Chinese legal translation at the University of Melbourne, Travis travelled to China to enhance his language skills. Travis lived in Beijing for one year while studying Chinese language at Beijing Normal University (北京师范大学).

Travis has acted for several Chinese clients using his language skills and cultural understanding.


Vermillion Resources Pty Ltd v Gibbins Investments Pty Ltd
A Federal Court appeal raising equitable estoppel, laches, pre-emptive rights
(with Philip Crutchfield SC)

Kotzmann v Adult Parole Board of Victoria
A challenge to the constitutional validity of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria
(with Peter Hanks QC)

A claim by Solomon Lew to beneficial ownership of loan accounts held by his children
(with Noel Magee QC)

Sino Oakleigh International Development Pty Ltd v Mainland Projects (Oakleigh) Pty Ltd
A proceeding seeking winding up under the oppression provisions of the Corporations Act
(with Tony Nolan SC)

Vigliaroni & Ors v CPS Investment Holdings Pty Ltd & Ors
An oppression proceeding involving unit trusts
(with Noel Magee QC, Albert Monichino SC)

Brown v Forestry Tasmania
A Federal Court trial and an appeal seeking to protect Tasmanian forests under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
(with Debbie Mortimer SC and Peter Tree SC)

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