Versatile, client focused and approachable, Mei practises predominantly in the areas of construction, competition and property (including Native Title). She advises and appears (both led and alone) for public and private corporations, State and Federal Government agencies, and individuals on contentious matters in all State and Federal courts. She also has experience in mediation, negotiation and domestic arbitration, and is admitted to practice in Australia and New York. Mei is listed in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession as a recommended junior counsel for construction & infrastructure disputes.
Mei previously worked as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, as the associate to the Hon. Justice Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and in house at the Commonwealth Department of Resources and Energy. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar.
She is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee, and a sessional academic in Dispute Resolution at the Queensland University of Technology.
Competition & Consumer
> Acting for a respondent to a class action brought in respect of alleged misuses of market power under the Competition and Consumer Act.
> Acting for the ACCC in civil penalty proceedings concerning alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law, and in proceedings concerning alleged cartel conduct and exclusive dealing.
> Acting for a retailer and distributor of fitness products in a claim against an international supplier for alleged misuse of market power, exclusive dealing and misleading and deceptive conduct.
Building & Construction
> Acting for a global design and consultancy firm in a dispute with a building contractor regarding a water treatment facility.
> Appearing for and advising a Tier 1 construction company in relation to a licencing dispute with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
> Advising construction companies on delay and defective work claims arising on commercial and public infrastructure projects.
> Acting for a government entity in arbitration proceedings concerning delay and variation claims in the construction of a major road.
> Advising a global design and consultancy firm in relation to potential liability associated with the use of aluminium composite panels.
> Appearing on applications under the Subcontractors’ Charges Act.
Land Law & Property
> Appearing and advising on residential and commercial property disputes in the Supreme Court of Queensland.
> Acting for a large farming business in a claim for breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct arising from the sale of the business.
> Appearing for and advising an Australian commercial property developer in relation to a major residential property development in Mango Hill, Brisbane.
> Appearing for a leading property investment firm to obtain urgent search and freezing orders in the Queensland Supreme Court.
> Appearing for and advising for pastoralists in northern Queensland resisting a Native Title Claim particularly involving issues of succession.
> Acting for the State of Queensland in Native Title claims involving issues of succession, coalescence and multiple Indigenous claim groups.
> Acting for a seed manufacturer in respect of a negligence class action brought by end users of the seed.
> Acting for the plaintiff and group members in a negligence and nuisance claim brought against the Commonwealth Government in respect of the outbreak of White Spot Disease in Queensland.
> Acting for an electricity generator in a class action concerning alleged misuse of market power under the Competition and Consumer Act.
Doyles Guide to the Australian Profession
2020-22 – Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel (QLD, ‘Recommended’)
Bar Association of Queensland
Member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee
Member of the Society of Construction Lawyers Australia
Member of the New York State Bar Association (Antitrust Section)
Member of LawRight
2017 Master of Laws (James Kent Scholar), Columbia University
2013 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University
2012 Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Australian National University
2012 Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University
2017 James Kent Scholar
2017 Parker Certificate for International and Comparative Law
2009-2012 ANU Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence
2011 International Alliance of Research Universities Scholarship – Cambridge University