Sefton Powrie

Baker & McKenzie


Sefton Powrie is an associate in the Melbourne office of Baker McKenzie, focusing on dispute resolution, insolvency and competition.

Practice Focus

Sefton's practice involves acting in complex commercial disputes before state, federal and appellate courts in relation to claims involving negligence, breach of contract, judicial review, equitable relief, misleading and deceptive conduct and other contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law, fraud and insolvency.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for a group of global fund managers in a dispute regarding the entitlement of a trustee to fees following the sale of an agricultural asset in Victoria.

  • Acting for a publically listed company in a dispute in the Supreme Court regarding entitlement to possession of an industrial premises and related construction law issues.

  • Acting for and advising a global technology company in relation to the voluntary administration of Virgin Australia Airlines.

  • Representing the ACCC in an enforcement proceeding against a private health insurance provider relating to systematic errors in a claiming system.

  • Acting for and advising the ACCC in an enforcement proceeding against a travel company for misleading and deceptive advertisements.

  • Advising and representing a payment solutions provider in a dispute with a global oil company regarding termination of a services agreement.

  • Acting for an investment firm in defending a claim for recovery of a success fee by way of equitable relief.

  • Advising and acting for employers impacted by employee fraud or misappropriation of corporate funds including obtaining urgent injunctive relief in the form of freezing orders (Mareva injunctions) and search orders (Anton Pillar orders).

  • Advising the ACCC with respect to a potential enforcement action against internet service providers in relation to misleading and deceptive advertisements.

  • Acting for residential and commercial property developers in disputes relating to various matters including defective construction.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • New Zealand Law Society

Corporate Responsibility

  • Refugee Legal
  • YouthLaw LegalPod


  • Supreme Court of Victoria~Australia (2018)
  • High Court of Australia (2018)
  • High Court of New Zealand (2014)