Simon Mulvany Legal Defence Fund

I have sad (urgent) announcement that is taking time away from preparing for WORLD BEE DAY May 20th.

The Capilano company is still pursuing me in the courts. An appeal is going to be heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria May the 17th in front of three judges.

Despite attempting a common sense settlement that would benefit all I feel forced to continue to defend bees and beekeepers.

This expensive litigation has been going since 2016. It is an avoidable blight for Australia especially at a time the world unites in its effort to save the bees.

This has come at a time I have been asked to promote events including WORLD BEE DAY May 20th to be held at the Swedish embassy in Canberra.

Capilano company recently changed their name to “Hive and Wellness Australia” and are now owned since last year by private investors headed by Hong Kong born Albert Tse. Still the new owners want a permanent gag on me.

On Friday 17 May 2019 my lawyer will argue my case in the Court of Appeal to have gags removed.

If I win I can then speak more freely.

Capilano have wasted an enormous amount of shareholders money dragging me through the courts. Crowdfunding has afforded me a lawyer to help fight Capilano’s team of Sydney big city lawyers.

Please donate so I can retain legal representation and continue to promote bee welfare.

Donations of $15 or more will receive a Save the Bees Australia sticker fridge magnet and packet of seeds for bees. Send me an email to with your address so I can send these out to you.

Eternally grateful
Simon & My Young Son Oscar

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5 February 2019

I continue to defend myself against the Capilano Honey Ltd big company but it is a weight on me.

My public-interest lawyer (Mr David Barrow) has being doing an incredible job against Capilano’s high-paid Sydney lawyers.

A fresh defence was filed 30th January which was 99 page long! (27,000 words!) That’s a lot of work. Capilano are attacking me for 106 publications with 666 things they say I should not be saying about them. And Capilano keep complaining about things I have written since 2017 (including on these GoFundMe updates).

I am so thankful that my lawyer David Barrow has been doing this at less than 15% of his full fees.

Now Capilano are attacking me all over again with their deep pockets. An "interlocutory" hearing is set on the 14th February to have another go at me. With no final trial date in sight.

David Barrow is also representing me in the Court of Appeal against the Judge Dixon judgment of last year so that I may speak about things that are so fundamental to all Australians in “questions of trade, and health and safety regulation” of honey products (which a NSW court allowed but has so far not been allowed in VIC).

I have asked you all for help in the past and people have been so kind to give.

I am feeling a bit exhausted now to be honest asking again for help but I need funds to keep fighting to defend myself and for the bees, beekeepers and honey eaters.

Please contribute to my legal fund. And for the first time I also ask for some funding for my own living expenses. My rent and groceries and to help with my son Oscar who had a bad bicycle fall last week.

$6,000 would really get me afloat but I do appreciate every dollar that is so kindly donated.

If we all donate a small amount to the legal fund and continue to support our local beekeepers on the honeymap We will win this.

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Thursday 18 October 2018

Capilano corporation’s lawyers have lost again in their quest to silence food security activists but still they pursue me.

The Top Court in NSW (the Court of Appeal) has released a judgment.

It says independent journalist Shane Dowling who has also been fighting Capilano Honey Ltd is no longer court-supressed from saying critical things about its business. Read it HERE:

These are the same sorts of things big company Capilano Honey Ltd got the Courts to stop me saying via “interlocutory injunctions” (legal speak) while I try and defend myself.

Shane can now participate in the honey safety debate again which a judge described as “of broad public concern raising complex questions of trade regulation and health [and] safety regulation”.

The NSW Appeal judgment also gives a boost for my own application in the Supreme Court of Victoria for Judge Dixon to “vary the orders” which have been pressing down on me.

Hopefully Judge Dixon’s decision will be delivered soon. Watch this space!

Thank you for your contributions to my legal fund. They support me to speak up for the bees, beekeepers and to promote those who sell pristine raw honey.

A small donation by many will allow me to stay in this fight.

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Friday 14 July

I was dragged back into Supreme Court of Victoria by big company Capilano Honey Ltd.
But this time I had a lawyer thanks to your funding!

Capilano have me under legal attack to stop me speaking up for the bees, beekeepers and honey-eaters in Australia.

That can all be sorted out at Trial. Hopefully before a JURY of common sense people like you.

But back in May 2017 the Capilano top Sydney lawyers outmanoeuvred me with “Interlocutory Orders” (legal speak) that have been pressing down on me ever since. These mean I could be in Contempt of the court right now if I say some things before the Trial even happens.

The Orders are a long list of what I am not supposed to say. It’s actually set out in a public document judgment of a NSW judge on 30 May 2018, which you can read HERE:

The list is in a public document already! And I am facing possible Contempt of court if I set a foot wrong.

Some of you may know that journalist Shane Dowling went to prison last year for 4 months for Contempt of court. And last month he was shockingly sent to prison again for 18 months.

The same Sydney lawyers who made that happen are the same Sydney lawyers who Capilano have hired!

I need to be there for Oscar not in prison. We tragically have lost Oscar’s Mum. It is hard to know what Capilano are even saying I’m doing that is Contempt. The Capilano complaints have even been slung at me for my posts asking for help on GoFundMe. Complaints for what?

But on Friday I got a Break:
My legal eagle persuaded Judge Dixon to allow me to make an Application to “vary orders” to get this Contempt pressure off me.

So I can breathe better and tell you what is happening and keep speaking up for the bees and the community.

Thursday 20 September the Application can be filed. 27 September Judge Dixon will then hear it for half a day. With all my supporters very welcome in court!

Capilano top Sydney lawyers said in open court they estimate their clients have spent about $2 million already on this case! Sickening, I know. Think of all the honey bee product testing they could do instead. Like funding the Sunshine Coast Uni for NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) testing.

With community support I have raised (and now spent) over $30,000 to defend against the Capilano legal attack on me. As my lawyer wrote to the Court “there is a disparity of arms”. That’s for sure.

It’s a big job to get the Application ready in time. This costs money for lawyers. I want to seize this chance. With your funding help!

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Wow! The Beekeeper and Honey-eater world has gone from amber to red alert.

ABC and Fairfax have published a joint-investigation of Capilano accused of selling fake honey.

ABC: Capilano, Australia's biggest honey producer, and supermarkets accused of selling 'fake' honey

Capilano, supermarkets accused of selling fake honey

All this is happening while big company Capilano Honey Ltd is suing me in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

It’s a “Permanent Injunction” legal attack to try and remove what I have said publicly and not allow me to say anything like this again.

I don’t want to be in Court. I am the “defendant”.

I simply tried to speak up for the bees and the community in Australia.

Kind donations helped me pay lawyers to prepare the first part of a legal defence.

Supreme Court Judge Dixon has warned me that without paid lawyers I am “swimming with sharks without a shark cage” (his words!)

Yep that’s for sure. I’m in unfamiliar dangerous waters.

Having my own professional lawyers helps me fight back. This costs money.

Please support me to keep funding a legal team and expert witnesses.

Judge Dixon says I will not get a JURY TRIAL if I do not have lawyers. And I want a JURY of common sense people in the community to decide this case.

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Friday 20 July, I represented myself against big company Capilano Honey Ltd in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
I don’t have lawyers so did the best I could alone in the directions hearing and am allowed now to put in an updated defence by 24 August.

Judge Dixon warned me how ruinous litigation can be.

He didn’t need to tell me. I don’t want to be in Court. I am the “defendant”. I did not start this legal case.

I simply tried to speak up for beekeepers and honey eaters in Australia.

Capilano Honey is suing me to try and remove what I have said publicly and not allow me to say anything like this again. “Permanent injunction” in legal speak.

But I am not going away. I want to speak and not be stopped from speaking for the bees and the community.

Judge Dixon warned me that without paid lawyers I am “swimming with sharks without a shark cage” (his words!)

He is right. This case has been running for 2 years. I am doing the best I can and finally got permission on 30 May to have the case transferred from NSW to my home State of Victoria.

Capilano Honey is based in Brisbane, Queensland but started this whole case in Sydney NSW. As you can imagine there has been a whole bunch of highly paid Sydney lawyers stacked up against me.

Capilano said they would suffer all the inconvenience if the case was transferred to where I live in Melbourne VIC and I “will not suffer any inconvenience or additional cost by the proceedings remaining in Sydney”. The NSW Judge decided to totally reject that and said: “The uncontested evidence is that Mr Mulvany is the sole parent of an eight-year old child, the child’s mother being deceased. I do not understand how it could seriously be contended that it would not cause “inconvenience” for him to have to travel to Sydney for court.” She also said: “I do not understand why the interests of an unrepresented defendant and a young child should weigh less in the balance than the convenience of Sydney lawyers.”

You can read the NSW judgment HERE:

So I got the case transferred! It’s a big win for me. But there are lots of challenges to keep defending myself. It’s all getting more complex and I need a shark cage and some shark repellent. This costs money.

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