Kristine Hopkins

Kristine Hopkins, LLB(hons), LLM (Monash)

Principal Solicitor

(03) 9607 8279
(03) 9607 8526
0450 310 351
[email protected]

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 and distinction in Commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution, advocacy theories, corporate insolvency, negotiation and mediation techniques, anti money laundering (AML), commercial negotiation techniques and advanced construction law.

Kristine is based and practices 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;

Kristine enjoys keeping fit and healthy in her spare time. Kristine can be contacted on 03 9607 8279 and by email [email protected].