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Albert Ounapuu

About Albert

Albert Ounapuu practises in the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution group. He has acted for individuals, family groups and companies in commercial disputes.

While he is regularly involved in the conduct of large and complex proceedings in various jurisdictions, wherever possible, he assists clients to resolve their disputes without the need for litigation. When litigation is necessary, Albert utilises court processes to achieve a resolution with diligence and efficiency.

Albert graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with honours. He joined the firm as a graduate trainee in 2009 and was admitted to practice in 2010. From March 2012 until June 2013, Albert served as Associate to the Honourable Justice Gordon of the Federal Court of Australia (now of the High Court). During his time at the Court, among other matters, Justice Gordon heard two major investor class actions (Centro and GPT) and delivered the first significant judgment considering the bid rigging provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. He returned to Arnold Bloch Leibler in August 2013 and was appointed senior associate in July 2014.

Practice focus

Albert’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • litigation in the Supreme and Federal Courts, particularly in the fast track list of the Federal Court and the Commercial Court;
  • assisting clients to resolve disputes without resort to litigation, including by use of alternative dispute resolution; and
  • responding to regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Experience

Albert has acted in a range of matters, including on behalf of:

  • Grant Samuel & Associates: in class-action proceedings concerning the merger of Zinifex and Oxiana;
  • Taxpayers: in objection proceedings before the Federal Court concerning the deductibility of expenses associated with the use of an aircraft and the application of the same business test to the sale of a cold storage business;
  • Land owners: in proceedings concerning land tax payable on land used for primary production and stamp duty payable on the acquisition of development sites in the Docklands;
  • An individual, and associated companies: facing investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and subsequent prosecution for alleged market manipulation;
  • Trade mark and copyright owners: in disputes concerning trade mark revocation and misuse of intellectual property;
  • A publicly listed toy distributor: in proceedings against the US-based manufacturer of Bratz dolls involving allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct and breach of contract; and
  • The estate of Rolah McCabe: in proceedings commenced by two tobacco companies concerning the right of the McCabe estate to reinstate a judgment for damages given in favour of Mrs McCabe in 2002.