ABOUT RIGBY & BEAR

Rigby & Bear was founded by its principal lawyer Benjamin Djung with the idea of providing quality legal services with an eye to detail and practicality, without the added expenses that other law firms might traditionally charge for.

We pride ourselves on a strong commitment to going the extra mile for our clients.



 

ABOUT BENJAMIN

Benjamin is a generalist lawyer practising primarily in business law, administrative law, immigration law and general civil litigation and dispute resolution.  

 

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Asian Studies (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University (ANU). He also holds a Diploma of Management, Diploma of Human Resources Management, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP).

He is also a registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

In his career to date, he has worked in a variety of matters including but not limited to:

 

  • litigious disputes arising - e.g. under the Estate Agents Act 1980 (Vic) and Defamation Act 2005 (Vic)

  • visa and citizenship eligibility advice, and applications

  • defence of criminal charges under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and Domestic Animals Act 1994 (Vic)

  • exclusion application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth)

  • judicial review of government decision making 

  • preparation and lodgment of applications to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)

  • FOI applications under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic)

  • commercial disputes between landlords and tenants, franchisees and franchisors

  • disputes arising under the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth)

  • property, trust and estate disputes

  • human rights disputes arising under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)

  • debt recovery matters

  • enforcement of interstate and foreign judgements

  • applications for grants of probate and letters of administration

  • modification of restrictive covenants


In 2017, he completed a paper on the statutory role of good faith in Australian franchising law (now published in in the Canberra Law Review) under the kind mentorship of  former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon William Gummow AC.

Some recent cases which Benjamin has been involved in his career as a lawyer include:

Kheir v Secretary to the Department of Regulation [2019] VSC 76

Turner & Anor v State of Victoria [2020] VSC 191

Kuek v Wade [2017] VSCA 329

Treloar v Richardson [2020] VSCA 216

Kheir v Secretary to the Department of Justice & Regulation [2018] VSC 222

Cappelleri v Cappelleri [2020] VSC 306

Kartawidjaja v Rowe & Anor [2021] VSC 143

 

His publications include:

Djung, Benjamin --- "The Statutory Role of Good Faith in Franchising" (2017) 15(1) Canberra Law Review, Article 2

Awards, prizes and scholarships:

Clayton Utz Prize for Migration Law

Ethel Tory Scholarship (ANU)

Ann Bates Undergraduate Prize for Indonesian Studies (ANU)

ANU Alumni Honours Association Scholarship

ANU Indonesia Project Research Travel Grant (Crawford School of Public Policy)

 

In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys reading, keeping fit and exploring the great outdoors. 

 

LOCATION
CONTACT
HOURS

Collins Arch
Level 16

1611/433 Collins Street

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Email: reception@rigbybear.com.au


Phone:        0450 097 889 
                     (remote phone)

 

Monday to Friday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday by appointment only

 

Acknowledgement of Country
 

Rigby & Bear acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we work. We pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their connection to the land.