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Commercial Contracts, Banking, Finance and Insurance Sub-area

About this Sub-Area

This Sub-area includes matters relating to:

  • commercial contracts
  • insurance
  • banking
  • finance
  • commercial transactional disputes.

Insurance List

In early 2016, the Court established an Insurance List within this Sub-area.

The aim of the insurance list is to provide the insurance commercial community (underwriters, reinsurers, brokers and insureds) with a way to promptly and efficiently resolve legal disputes without the need for lengthy hearings.

The list is not intended to deal with all insurance claims, but principally short matters relating to:

  • policy interpretation
  • the operation of insurance legislation.

The list will cover marine as well as non-marine insurance.

The Insurance List arrangements outline how this list operates within the Court.

Practice Notes

All practice notes are to be read with the Central Practice Note.  It is the essential guide to practice in the Federal Court in all proceedings.

The NPA practice note sets out the arrangements for the management of Commercial and Corporations proceedings in this sub-area:

NPA Practice Note:

Other general practice notes and Court developed guides which may be relevant to this Sub-area include:

General Practice Notes:


Forms, Rules & Fees

Filing fees for commencing a proceeding in this sub-area may apply. Information about Court fees, including the fees payable and circumstances where an exemption or deferral can be given is available in Forms, Fees & Costs or from the Registry.

A person may commence a proceeding in this sub-area by filing:



If commencing an Insurance List matter, practitioners should take note of the arrangements for the Insurance List.

Parties should consider whether it is necessary to file a Genuine steps statement (Form 16) in certain proceedings in this NPA - see r 8.02 of the Rules and the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 (Cth) (including sections 6, 7 and 16).

Latest Judgments

  • 4 Jul 2022: Girchow Enterprises Pty Ltd v Ultimate Franchising Group Pty Ltd (Costs) [2022] FCA 776
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for costs assessable on indemnity basis to be payable forthwith - whether applicants' delay and non-compliance with orders resulted in listing of case management hearing - where efforts were made by applicants to comply with orders - where costs incurred by respondents were not significant - application…
    Judge: Thawley J
  • 29 Jun 2022: BSA Limited v Bradshaw, in the matter of BSA Limited [2022] FCA 747
    CONTRACTS - construction of deed of settlement concerning class action proceeding - applicant required to make accelerated payments if it conducts a "Capital Raise" - proper construction of the definition of "Capital Raise"
    Judge: Goodman J
  • 29 Jun 2022: Sydfran Pty Limited v Mansito Helena Nominees Pty Ltd, in the matter of Treelens Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 752
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for non standard discovery - whether the making of an order is consistent with the overarching purpose - application dismissed
    Judge: Goodman J
  • 27 Jun 2022: Australian Securities and Investments Commission v BHF Solutions Pty Ltd [2022] FCAFC 108
    CONSUMER LAW - consumer credit - alleged contraventions of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) and the National Credit Code in Sch 1 of the Act - prohibition on engaging in credit activity without an Australian credit licence - where second respondent provided loan application services to applicants for credit and first…
    Judge: Besanko, Lee and O'Bryan JJ
  • 23 Jun 2022: New Aim Pty ltd v Leung [2022] FCA 722
    EQUITY - confidential information - use of confidential information subject to claimed equitable obligation- requirement to specify the information - whether information is required to be a trade secret - WeChat list of contacts maintained on employee personal mobile phone - whether use of confidential information in breach of contract - whether…
    Judge: McElwaine J
  • 17 Jun 2022: Garner v Central Innovation Pty Limited [2022] FCA 711
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - order for costs on appeal to be fixed - funds paid into Court as security for costs be paid to the respondents
    Judge: Halley J
  • 17 Jun 2022: Zurich Australian Insurance Ltd v Atradius Credito Y Caucion S.A. De Seguros Y Reaseguros [2022] FCA 709
    HIGH COURT AND FEDERAL COURT - federal jurisdiction - dispute as to jurisdiction of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Div 2) and Federal Court of Australia in relation to claim for co-insurance - consideration of transfer powers in s 32AC of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) and s 153 of the Federal Circuit and Family…
    Judge: Allsop CJ
  • 17 Jun 2022: Davaria Pty Limited v 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd (No 12) [2022] FCA 699
    REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDINGS - settlement of representative proceedings - oral application - where litigation funder sought an interim payment out of the settlement sum - where application for an interim payment made after hearing of settlement approval application - where no provision for interim payment made in settlement schemes - whether s…
    Judge: O'Callaghan J
  • 15 Jun 2022: GDP Group Pty Ltd v Saye [2022] FCA 688
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for review of decision of registrar granting preliminary discovery pursuant to r 7.23 Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - evidence did not demonstrate reasonable belief that prospective applicants may have a right to obtain relief - whether prospective applicants made reasonable inquiries with a view to obtaining…
    Judge: Downes J
  • 14 Jun 2022: Wiswell v Marine Industrial Developments Pty Ltd, in the matter of Marine Industrial Developments Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 695
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Application for leave to discontinue proceeding against the second defendant with no order as to costs - r 26.12 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - where second defendant failed to appear at the resumption of a mediation and thereafter failed to participate in the proceeding - application granted.
    Judge: Goodman J


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