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.
Recommended in ‘Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers – Melbourne, 2015’
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.
- 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.
Directorships & memberships
Caroline is currently a member of the board of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust.
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.