Judy Heeps

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Judy HeepsB.A., LL.B. – Principal Lawyer

Judy joined the firm in 1986 after completing a combined arts and law degree and today is one of the leaders of our litigation team.

She brings more than 30 years commercial litigation experience to lead our skilled and knowledgeable team of solicitors and support staff. Judy and the litigation team ensure our clients always get the resources and skills they need to achieve the best possible result. Judy has conducted complex litigation in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court and the Supreme Courts of Victoria and NSW as well as the County and Magistrates Courts and VCAT in Victoria and the District and Local Courts in NSW. This litigation has included applications for urgent injunctive and declaratory relief.

Judy’s areas of expertise include:

Commercial Litigation – acting for either plaintiff or defendant

  • contractual disputes including regarding payment of money, quality of work performed and/or goods or services supplied and breach of terms of agreements
  • the breakdown of business relationships involving partnerships, companies and individuals
  • trade practices, including actions for misleading and deceptive conduct/unconscionable conduct and misuse of market power
  • sale property and businesses and leasing disputes;
  • loan and guarantee/mortgage/securities recovery claims
  • insurance claims
  • negligence – particularly professional negligence
  • bankruptcy and insolvency including preference payment; uncommercial transaction and insolvent trading claims
  • general debt collection and enforcement action
  • building and construction
  • franchising

Employment Law – acting for either employer or employee
  • breaches of employment contracts and statutory and common law duties
  • unfair dismissal or adverse protections claims  
  • sexual harassment/discrimination/bullying in the workplace
  • OH&S claims
  • EPA prosecutions

Media/Intellectual Property
  • copyright, defamation and intellectual property claims
  • television and film production disputes
  • preparation and/or review of commercial IP documents including confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements and deeds of assignment

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