Caroline Goulden practises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, primarily in the Supreme, Federal and appellate Courts.
She has acted for public and private companies as well as high-net-worth individuals in a variety of matters, including corporate governance disputes, regulatory investigations by regulators — including ASIC, ACMA and the EPA — shareholder actions, class actions and contract and trust disputes.
Caroline has also acted on behalf of numerous pro bono clients in contract and intellectual property disputes, defamation proceedings and applications for judicial review.
Caroline graduated from The University of Melbourne with a combined degree in law (with honours) and commerce, majoring in banking and finance. She joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2003, was appointed as a senior associate in 2008 and then as a partner in 2011.
Recommended for Dispute Resolution in Australia
Caroline’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- commercial litigation, principally in the Supreme, Federal and appellate Courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution and private arbitrations
- contract and trust disputes, including wrongful dismissal, restraints of trade and breach of trust
- corporate governance, including board and shareholder disputes, directors’ duties, shareholders’ oppression claims, continuous disclosure obligations, just and equitable winding up applications and ASIC investigations, and
- intellectual property and consumer protection, including passing off, misleading and deceptive conduct, trademark infringement and breach of confidence.
Caroline has acted in a range of matters, including on behalf of:
- Pacific Equity Partners: in defence of Federal Court proceedings relating to the sale of the Independent Liquor business to Asahi;
- Sunsuper Ltd: in proceedings in connection with the collapse of property development trusts;
- Syncora Guarantee Inc and FGIC UK Limited — the financial guarantors to the creditors of Reliance Rail in relation to the restructure of that project;
- Funtastic Ltd: in proceedings to challenge the decision of an independent expert;
- Melbourne Football Club: in relation to tanking allegations and drugs in sport;
- Jones the Grocer: for founder and entrepreneur John Manos;
- Nufarm Limited: in class action proceedings relating to continuous disclosure;
- Horizon Science: in a private arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Act 1984 (Vic);
- Just Group: in breach of confidence and restraint of trade proceedings commenced in the Federal Court;
- DKSH Australia: in a passing off and misrepresentation case commenced by Bodum Australia and the subsequent appeal by Bodum to the Full Federal Court;
- Szencorp: in relation to a shareholders’ oppression action against the Clean Energy Council in the Federal Court;
- TPI Enterprises: in Supreme Court litigation by GlaxoSmithKline Australia regarding breach of confidence;
- Primelife Corporation: in wrongful dismissal claims brought by the former CEO and deputy CEO of Primelife Corporation in the Supreme Court;
- Challenger Managed Investments Limited: in defence of a class action brought in the NSW Supreme Court in relation to alleged misleading and deceptive conduct claims;
- Conneq Infrastructure Services: in relation to the defence of a prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act;
- Parissen Capital and Scarborough Pacific Group: in litigation against the former trustee of property development trusts in both the Victorian and NSW Supreme Courts;
- the administrators of Ansett Airlines: in relation to Federal Court proceedings regarding the pooling of all assets and liabilities of the Ansett Group into one entity;
- Baiada Poultry: in defending litigation commenced by its Victorian contracted chicken growers for alleged breaches of contract and the Trade Practices Act in the Federal Court of Australia;
- Breville: in defending a misleading and deceptive conduct action in the Federal Court of Australia commenced by one its competitors;
- River Capital: in relation to ASIC examination notices regarding collapse of Babcock & Brown;
- Make-A-Wish Foundation: in relation to its fundraising activities, including fundraising campaigns in affiliation with major corporate sponsors; and
- public interest law clients: in judicial review proceedings in the Federal and High Courts.
Directorships & memberships
Caroline is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was formerly a member of the board of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust.
Awards & recognition
Caroline is recognised as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and law firms, including:
- Doyle’s Guide: commercial litigation
- Best Lawyers® International: insolvency & reorganisation law, and
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific: dispute resolution.