Chrystalla Georgiou

Partner

  • Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University (1991)

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The College of Law (1991)

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice , University of Technology (1992)

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1992)

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in the High Court of Australia (1995)

  • NSW Law Society Legal Practice Management Certificate (FMRC) (2000)

  • Member of Law Society of NSW

Expertise & Experience

Chrystalla has worked with Stewart Levitt since 1995 first as an Associate, then as a Senior Associate, and as Special Counsel before becoming a Partner in 2016.

 

With a career spanning over 25 years Chrystalla has had extensive experience in complex high level commercial litigation in the Supreme, Federal and Appellate courts in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland involving banking and finance disputes, property disputes including commercial lease disputes, trade practices issues, competition and consumer law disputes (including breach of ACL), joint venture disputes, breaches of directors' duties, shareholders’ disputes, disputes  over commercial contracts, compulsory acquisitions, franchise disputes, insolvency matters, trust disputes, and in urgent applications for injunctions and freezing orders.

 

Chrystalla has advised and represented private and public companies, banks and high net worth individuals in Australia, Israel, USA, Greece, and Cyprus and insolvency practitioners across many jurisdictions in New South Wales and nationally.

 

She has distinguished herself in particularly complex estate disputes (including family provision claims and applications for financial management) , and successfully represented lawyers, accountants, medical practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and optometrists involved in investigations and regulatory inquiries by professional disciplinary bodies and regulators including by ASIC, ACCC, ATO,  Law Society of NSW, Medical Board, Pharmacy Board, Optometry Board and in matters before the Nurses Tribunal.  


Over the years Chrystalla has also acted for clients facing serious criminal charges by NSW State and Federal police agencies and instructed eminent Senior Counsel in landmark criminal trials including murder trials, sexual assault matters (including historical sexual offences), importation of commercial quantity of drugs, sexual slavery matters and white- collar fraud matters.


Chrystalla is recognised for her technical excellence, forensic mastery, legal acuity, impressive ability to analyse complex financial dealings, commercial acumen and unflinching determination to secure outstanding outcomes for her clients whether it be through litigation, mediation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution. 

 

Chrystalla has a loyal client base throughout Australia and as far afield as the US and her native Cyprus and is fully literate in the Greek language. Outside of work Chrystalla enjoys travel, reading, theatre, football and spending time with her family.

 

Chrystalla has had the carriage of numerous significant reported cases, including the following:

  • Aspromonte Pty Limited v Zagari (1999) NSWSC 831

  • Yelds v Nurses Tribunal and Ors (2000) NSWSC 755

  • Bar Mordecai v Rotman and Ors (2000) NSWCA 53

  • Bebonis & v Angelos & Ors; Christopoulos & Anor v Angelos & Ors [2003] NSWCA 13 (10 February 2003)

  • Bar-Mordecai v Rotman; Bar-Mordecai v Hillston [2005] NSWCA 71 (4 March 2005)

  • Revie v Druitt [2005] NSWSC 902 (8 September 2005)

  • King v Industrial Relations Commission of NSW [2005] NSWCA 314 (8 September 2005)

  • Binks v North Sydney Council and Anor [2006] NSWSC 463 (25 May 2006)

  • 115 Constitution Road Pty Limited v Marrickville Council [2007] NSWLEC 418 (18 June 2007)

  • North Sydney Council v Binks [2007] NSWCA 245 (18 September 2007)

  • 115 Constitution Road Pty Ltd v Alan Downey as Trustee for NBD Systems & Anor [2008] NSWSC 997 (23 September 2008)

  • Momentum Mortgages Ltd & Equity Trustees v Elmowy & Meehan [2010] NSWSC 950 (1 September 2010)

  • Sydney Attractions Group Pty Ltd v Frederick Schulman [2013] NSWSC 858 (28 June 2013)

  • Sydney Attractions Group Pty Ltd v Frederick Schulman (No 2) [2013] NSWSC 1153 (22 August 2013)

  • Momentum Mortgages Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) v Mark Anthony Elmowy [2014] NSWSC 972 (24 July 2014)

  • Levitt v Council of the Law Society of New South Wales (2017) NSWSC 834

  • Council of the Law Society of New South Wales v Levitt (2018) NSWCA 247

  • Desane Properties Pty Limited v State of New South Wales [No2] [2018] NSWSC 738 (18 May 2018)

  • Norton Property Group Pty Ltd v Ozzy States Pty Ltd (in liq) [2020] NSWCA 23 (21 February 2020)

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