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.
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 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  VSC 76
Turner & Anor v State of Victoria  VSC 191
Kuek v Wade  VSCA 329
Treloar v Richardson  VSCA 216
Kheir v Secretary to the Department of Justice & Regulation  VSC 222
Cappelleri v Cappelleri  VSC 306
Kartawidjaja v Rowe & Anor  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.