Recent Cases

Gao v Perry [2020] NSWCA 15 (19 February 2020) (Bell P at [1]; Leeming JA at [2]; Simpson AJA at [37].)


COURTS – jurisdiction – proceedings between former de facto partners in Supreme Court concerning ownership of property – primary claim in equity – alternative claim under Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) – primary judge upholds claims in equity and makes contingent findings under Family Law Act – defendant files appeal confined to challenging orders based in equity – plaintiff/respondent files notice of contention based on Family Law Act contingent findings – whether appeal lay to Court of Appeal – whether even if appeal required to be instituted in Court of Appeal, notice of contention required its transfer to Family Court – prohibition on instituting and determining certain appeals in Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-vesting) Act 1987 (Cth) s 7 construed and applied – appeal transferred to Family Court