Ms Carolyn H Sparke QC

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Graduated Melbourne University 1987. LLB, B Sc (computer science).

Took Silk in 2012. after signing the Bar Roll in 1991. Read with Noel Magee QC, after Articles and solicitor experience at Minter Ellison. Specialise in Equity/ Wills and probate law. Practice in general commercial work, including superannuation disputes, property law, corporations. 

Appearance work focused in Supreme and County Court. has appeared in a number of cases inovlving testators family maintenance claims (for executors and for children and various other claimants) and testamentary capacity and other estate and trust-related matters. A selection of cases includes:

- Lollis v Loulatzis [2008] (constructive trust claim)- in re Vourdoulidis [2013] VSC 34 (Family Provision claim by cousin)- Harofam v Scherman [2013] VSCA 104 (interpretation of clause in sales contract)- Tribuzi v Tribuzi (constructive trust claim, freezing order)- Brown v Guss [2014] VSC 251  (testamentary capacity and undue influence)- re Fanning [2014] VSC 222 (conduct of executor)Co-author of Butterworths loose-leaf service "Wills Probate and Administration Service Victoria". 

Member of Editorial Committee, "Wills and Probate Bulletin". 

Member of Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners. In May 2014 obtained an Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

Chair, Superannuation Section, Commbar section of the Victorian Bar.

Holds a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, issued by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Regular presenter at seminars - 'Wills and Probate conference', Law Institute seminars and so on - generally in the area of Wills and Probate Law. 

Oxford University Press publication: 'Removing executors and trustees'  Trusts & Trustees [2014] 20 (10): 1023-1038

Law Institute Journal publications - "Where there's a will there's a way" and Where there's a will there's a further way".  Advocacy Instructor with the Australian Advocacy Institute. Accredited Advocacy Instructor with the Australian Bar Association. (Formerly taught advocacy at the University of Melbourne) Adjunct lecturer, College of Law.

Former Member, Firearms Appeals Committee, an appeals committee constituted under the Firearms Act.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    31 July 1989
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    30 May 1991
  • Date Appointed Silk
    27 November 2012
  • Qualifications
    LLB, BSc

Areas of Speciality

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Property & Probate
  • Superannuation

Areas of Mediation

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Property & Probate
  • Superannuation