Paul Welling Principal Solicitor

Paul Welling joins KHQ as the leader of our litigation team. He spent over a decade at a top tier national law firm and is a highly experienced litigator specialising in all areas of complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in contractual disputes, actions in tort, equity, injunctive relief and white collar crime.

Paul has acted for clients in all levels of courts and tribunals, including the High Court, Federal Court, State Supreme Courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He has experience in all facets of commercial litigation including devising matter strategies, briefing and instructing counsel, appearing before courts and tribunals, drafting witness statements and negotiating with opposing parties.

Paul has extensive experience in matters involving regulatory bodies, having acted in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Paul is committed to utilising mediation and other alternative dispute resolution strategies as part of, or as an alternative to, litigation. He is experienced in preparing material for mediation, representing clients at mediation and advising clients regarding negotiation and settlement strategies.

Paul has also developed and delivered a range of seminars on areas including misuse of market power, the rules of evidence, and asset freezing orders.

Latest News & Insights

Giving evidence at a Royal Commission

Posted By on 12/02/18 at 9:08 AM

By Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) The first hearing of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will take place today in Melbourne. Although no witnesses will be called at this initial public hearing, we thought that it would be timely to briefly summarise the … Read more

High Court refuses special leave to appeal, “ultimate consumer” test confirmed (for now)

Posted By on 19/12/17 at 4:39 PM

By Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) On Friday the High Court refused an application for special leave to appeal the Victorian Court of Appeal decision of IMCC Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v CB Cold Storage Pty Ltd [2017] VSCA 178 (Appeal Decision).  The Appeal Decision was significant for all landlords and tenants … Read more

Significant changes to the Bankruptcy Act

Posted By on 13/12/17 at 10:28 AM

By Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) Under a bill introduced into Parliament earlier this year, the default period for bankruptcy in Australia is proposed to be significantly reduced from three years to one year (along with various other reforms). According to the Explanatory Memorandum which accompanied the Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) … Read more

AFS licence holder cops penalty for breach of the best interests duty

Posted By on 3/11/17 at 9:26 AM

By Josephine Mammone (Trainee Lawyer), Kate Davey (Senior Associate) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) On 27 October 2017, the Federal Court imposed a significant penalty, totaling $1 million, against financial services firm NSG Services Pty Ltd (NSG) in what ASIC has described as ‘the first civil penalty imposed on a financial services licensee for breaches … Read more