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
> Appearing 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.
> Acting for the ACCC in civil penalty proceedings concerning alleged cartel conduct and exclusive dealing.
> Acting for the ACCC in civil penalty proceedings concerning alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.
Building & Construction
> Appearing on applications under the Subcontractors’ Charges Act.
> 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.
> Advising (as solicitor) on a number of building and construction claims, including the construction of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal; residential, commercial and retail redevelopments; major regional shopping centres; and underground infrastructure including tunnels and gas pipelines.
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 a Native Title Claim involving issues of succession, coalescence and multiple Indigenous claim groups.
> Acting for banks in relation to disputes over loan agreements.
> Acting for a leading property investment firm to obtain urgent search and freezing orders in the Queensland Supreme Court.
> Appearing on bankruptcy matters in the Federal Circuit Court.
> Advising a large Australian bank in civil penalty proceedings brought by AUSTRAC.
Doyles Guide to the Australian Profession
2020-21 – 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)
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