Kristine Hopkins, LLB(hons), LLM (Monash)
(03) 9607 8279
(03) 9607 8526
0450 310 351
Kristine was admitted as an Australian Legal Practitioner by the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2006 and is experienced in a wide range of commercial litigation matters including contractual disputes, large and small scale debt recovery and bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Most recently, Kristine was involved in a commercial matter involving the rights of a creditor in the Family Court.
Kristine completed her undergraduate degree with Honours in 2005 in trade practices law with University of New England under the supervision of the late Dr Peter Hemphill. In 2012, she completed her Masters degree in Law (Commercial Law) with Monash University achieving grades of high distinction in expert evidence (under the supervision of Dr. Ian Freckleton SC) and distinction in Commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution, credits in advocacy theories (under the supervision of Prof. The Honourable George Hampel QC AM), corporate insolvency (Dr Oren Bigos), negotiation and mediation techniques (under the supervision of CMA (including Harvard negotiation techniques)), anti money laundering (AML), commercial negotiation techniques and principles of construction law.
Kristine is based and practises law in Melbourne, Victoria and has practical experience in the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court and has acted for various financial institutions, liquidators, trustees, creditors, debtors, large and small companies/businesses and individuals and a litigation funding company. Kristine takes a practical approach to legal issues in business and considers herself to be an approachable and reasonable negotiator.
Kristine has worked on million dollar cases (and on many much smaller cases) involving the most simple or the most complex areas of law. Three cases in particular have established and clarified legal principles in relation to :
– s. 459 of the Corporations Act 2001 – High Court authority on the power of the Master of the Supreme Court to extend time for compliance with a statutory demand nunc pro tunc;
– s. 49 and 52 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 – Full Federal Court authority on the discretion of the Court granting substitution to a creditor in bankruptcy proceedings;
– s. 75 and 79 of the Family Law Act 1975 – the discretion of the Family Court to allow a creditor to intervene in a Family Law proceeding where a consent settlement may prejudice the creditors rights;
Aussie Vic Plant Hire Pty Ltd v Esanda Finance Corporation Ltd (2007) 63 ACSR 300 (s. s 459F(2)(a)(i) Corporations Act 2001)
BP Australia Pty Ltd v Menzies & Anor  FMCA 375 (11 June 2010) appealed in Menzies v Paccar Financial Pty Ltd  FCA 460 (10 May 2011) (s. 49 Bankruptcy Act 1966)
Martin v Martin  FamCA 869 (17 October 2012) (Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) Part VIII; ss 75(2), 75(2)(ha), 79, 79(2), 79(6), 79(10)).
Kristine enjoys keeping fit and healthy in her spare time. Kristine can be contacted on 03 96078279 and by email [email protected].