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Paul Hayes KC

‘an “extremely knowledgeable” practitioner’
Who’s Who Legal 2022
‘a very strong advocate who is thorough and well prepared’
Who’s Who Legal 2021

Advises and appears in cases at interlocutory, trial and appellate levels, (international law & arbitration, commercial & equity litigation, large scale litigation, insurance, media, defamation, sporting disputes and public & administrative law), conducted in multiple jurisdictions.

Appointed a Senior Fellow at Queen Mary University of London (School of Law), 2022. Previously a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Law), 2010-2022. Recognised internationally in Who’s Who Legal (2016-2024) as a leading lawyer in the specialty of sports law and in Australia in Doyle's Guide as a leading silk in arbitration and public and administrative law.

Areas of expertise

International Law and Arbitration

International commercial arbitrations conducted before the following international arbitration panels: London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC, formerly KLRCA); Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC); Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA); and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Challenges to and Enforcement of arbitral awards.

  • Arbitration seated in Switzerland and conducted under CAS Rules
    Retained as lead Counsel. Proceedings resolved (mediation) in August 2023.
    Sport, Contractual dispute. Claim: GBP£200M (USD $250M).
  • Arbitration seated in Malaysia and conducted under AIAC Rules: - Appointment (Sole Arbitrator) dated 5 April 2017. Proceedings resolved in June 2019: Media and Broadcasting. Claim: MYR RM472,604,114M (USD $110M).
  • Arbitration seated in Australia and conducted under RIoA Rules: - Retained as Counsel (Leading Louis Hawas of Counsel). Interim Award dated 5 April 2019: Education, Intellectual Property, Licence Agreement (AUS-CHN). Injunction. 
  • Arbitration seated in the United Kingdom and conducted under LCIA Rules: - Retained as Counsel, May 2015. Proceedings resolved in September 2017: Telecommunications, Technology, International Trade. Claim: USD$50.0M 
  • Arbitration seated in Singapore and conducted under SIAC Rules: - Retained as Counsel, May 2015. Proceedings resolved in September 2017: Electronic Technology, International Trade. Claim: USD$800K 
  • Arbitration seated in Malaysia and conducted under KLRCA Rules: - Appointment (Sole Arbitrator) dated 15 November 2015. Final Award, 12 September 2017: Infrastructure. Claim: MYR RM5,763,363 (USD $1.349M).
  • Arbitration seated in Malaysia and conducted under UNCITRAL Rules: - Appointment (Sole Arbitrator) dated 3 December 2015. Final Award, 28 September 2016: Infrastructure, Transportation and Energy. Claim: MYR RM45,000,000M (USD $11.250M).

Since 2003, has appeared as Counsel in numerous Court of Arbitration for Sport arbitrations (CAS Awards being enforceable under the New York Convention 1958), as referred to in ‘Sports Law’ section below.
 

Commercial and Equity Litigation

Contractual Disputes, Equity, Trusts, Trade Practices, Banking & Finance, Securities (including Guarantees), Insolvency (including Bankruptcy), Corporations Law & Partnership and Insurance.

  • Read v Metcalf Cranes Pty Limited and Others
    County Court of Victoria (Melbourne). 1 to 14 February 2024. (Leading Angus Kleiman of Counsel).
    Negligence, Crane Failure, Indemnity, Liability, Quantum.
  • Westpac Banking Corporation v Forum Finance Pty Limited: - Federal Court of Australia (Sydney). [2022] FCA 171, [2022] FCA 910 (Leading Michael O’Haire and Dr Peter Turner of Counsel): Practice and Procedure, Interlocutory injunction restraining receiver from selling property the subject of dispute between parties. Variation of freezing order, allowance for reasonable legal expenses.
  • Jieyun International Investments Pty Limited v Toorak Development Group Pty Limited and Others: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial Court). [2022] VSC 387 (Leading Owen Wolahan of Counsel).
    Contract, Breach of contract. Trust, Quistclose trust, Breach of trust; Knowing assistance and receipt - Barnes v Addy, Equitable compensation; Misleading and Deceptive Conduct, Australian Consumer Law (Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), Schedule 2), s 18, Damages.
    Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial Court). Lyons J, Unreported, 8 April 2019, 19 September 2018 and 23 August 2018, No. S CI 2018 00919. (Leading Daniel Kinsey of Counsel). Contract, Breach of contract. Trust, Breach of trust. World-wide Freezing order, Domestic Freezing order. Search and seizure order.
  • Bamco Grove Pty Limited and Anor v Contek Constructions Pty Limited & Anor
    County Court of Victoria, Commercial List (Melbourne). [2019] VCC 400; [2019] VCC 327. (Leading Dr Matt Barrett of Counsel).
    Negligence, Insurance, Property Damage, Liability, Quantum. Costs, Indemnity Costs.
  • Kassiou and Others v Heard and Another Re GEBIE Services Pty Ltd (In Liquidation): - Federal Court of Australia (Adelaide). [2017] FCA 425.Appeal/Leave to Appeal. Corporations, Corporations Act 2001, ss. 596A, 596D, 597(9). Whether company's 'examinable affairs' includes personal/confidential documents of examinees.
  • Kambouris v Kiatos: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal). [2016] VSCA 266. Appeal, Application for leave to appeal out of time. Damages, Assessment.
  • Bridge Bar Investments Pty Ltd and Anor v Dog at the Bridge Pty Ltd and Others: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial Court). [2016] VSC 224. (Leading Myles Tehan of Counsel). Courts and Judges, Apprehended bias, Relevant principles.
  • St Kilda Arts & Events Company (Vic) Pty Ltd and Others v Apes With Wings Pty Ltd and Another:- Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal). [2015] VSCA 199. (Leading David Yarrow of Counsel). Appeal, Application for stay of execution of judgment pending appeal.
  • Telstra Corporation Ltd v Quinn Civil Pty Ltd & Ors
    County Court of Victoria (Melbourne). [2014] VCC 465. 
    Negligence, Property damage, Breach of duty of care. Proportionate Liability, Wrongs Act 1958 (VIC), Part IVAA.
  • Sgargetta v National Australia Bank Ltd: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal). [2014] VSCA 159. (Leading Joel Silver of Counsel). Appeal, New evidence on appeal. Mortgage and securities, Proper construction of settlement deed, Accord and conditional satisfaction, Defence of tender.
  • Loftus v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd: - Supreme Court of Victoria. [2014] VSC 342. (Leading Joel Silver of Counsel). Appeal from judgment of Associate Justice, New evidence on appeal. Mortgage, summary judgment application, Triable issue. Civil Procedure Act 2010 (VIC), ss. 63, 64.
  • Mathai and Others v Nelson: - High Court of Australia. [2013] HCASL 115. (Leading Dr Oren Bigos of Counsel). Federal Court of Australia. [2012] FCA 1448; (2012) 208 FCR 165.
    Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (Melbourne). [2011] FMCA 686; (2011) 253 FLR 139.
    Bankruptcy, Fraudulent disposition of property, Proof of insolvency at time of contested transfers of property, Bankruptcy Act 1974, s. 121. 

Media and Defamation

  • Pace and Halkias: - Full Court of the Family Court of Australia, [2021] FamCAFC 81 (Leading Lana Collaris of Counsel).
    Practice and Procedure, Release from Harman obligation in respect of documents obtained on subpoena for use in defamation proceeding in the County Court of Victoria. Defamation, Plea of justification. Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), s 121.
  • Khmer Buddist temple Association Inc v Chhet (No 3): - Supreme Court of Victoria (Melbourne). [2021] VSC 560. (Leading John Sutton of Counsel).
    Suppression Order, Open Courts Act 2013 (Vic), ss. 4, 10, 17, 18.
  • Tsamis v State of Victoria: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division - Defamation List). Coram: John Dixon J, Jury. Hearing: 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-28 August, 16 September, 16 December 2019, 24 February 2020. [2020] VSC 67; [2019] VSC 826; [2019] VSC 591; [2019] VSC 590; [2019] VSC 507; [2019] VSC 506; [2018] VSC 209; [2017] VSC 496.  (Leading Renee Sion and Justin Hooper of Counsel).
    Defamation, Imputations capable of being defamatory, Justification, Damages, Costs. Evidence, Hearsay exception. Practice and Procedure, Witness pseudonym orders.
  • Teo v Pacific Media Group Pty Ltd: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division - Defamation List). [2016] VSC 626. (Leading Justin Hooper of Counsel).
    Practice and Procedure, Release from Harman obligation in respect of documents obtained on subpoena from VCAT. Defamation, Amendment of Defence, Plea of justification.
  • Von Marburg v Aldred and Mourik: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division - Defamation List). [Dixon J, Unreported, 19 June 2015, No. S CI 2014 06065]. (Leading Justin Hooper of Counsel).
    Defamation, Internet publication (social media). Practice and procedure, Summary dismissal, Strike-out pleading, SCR rr. 13.02, 23.02.
  • Stanton v Fell: - Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal). [2014] NSWCA 44.
    Supreme Court of New South Wales (Common Law Division – Defamation List). [2013] NSWSC 1001; [2014] NSWSC 1052.
    Defamation, Defamatory imputations and meanings, Justification, Qualified privilege, Malice, Triviality, Damages. Costs, Defamation Act 2005 (NSW), s. 40, Indemnity costs.
  • Akras v Mora: - County Court of Victoria (Melbourne). Coram: Judge Murphy, Jury. Hearing: 20, 23-27, 30, 31 July, 1, 2, 13 August 2012. [2012] VCC (23 August 2012).
    Defamation, Justification, Qualified Privilege, Malice, Damages.
  • French v Herald and Weekly Times Ltd: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division – Defamation List). [2010] VSC 127, (2010) 27 VR 140; [2010] VSC 155, (2010) 27 VR 171. (Leading Renee Sion of Counsel).
    Practice and Procedure, Trial by Jury or Judge alone. Defamation, Defamatory imputations and meanings, 'Pollypeck' Justification, Fair comment, Qualified privilege, Malice, Damages, Mitigation of damages.
  • French v Triple M Melbourne Pty Ltd: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division - Defamation List). Coram: J Forrest J, Jury. Hearing: 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 November, 1 December, 2008. [2008] VSC 547; [2008] VSC 548; [2008] VSC 549; [2008] VSC 550; [2008] VSC 553. (Leading Jane Treleaven of Counsel).
    Defamation, Defamatory imputations and meanings, Justification, Fair Comment, Malice, Damages.
    (Plaintiff succeeded on claim. Defendants ordered to pay to the Plaintiff damages in the amount of $350,000, plus interest and solicitor/client costs).
  • French v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd:- Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division - Defamation List). [2007] VSC 105. (Leading Jane Treleaven of Counsel).
    Defamation, Interrogatories, Application of ‘newspaper rule' where malice pleaded in answer to fair comment defence.
  • French v Triple M Melbourne Pty Ltd & Others: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Common Law Division - Defamation List). [2006] VSC 36. (Junior to Simon Wilson QC).
    Practice and procedure, Setting aside default judgment, Whether arguable defence, Defamation, SCR rr. 21.01, 21.07.

Sports Law

Sporting Disputes conducted before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, National Sports Tribunal (AUS), Statutory & Domestic Tribunals and Courts, including Doping, Selection, Eligibility, Integrity, On & Off Field Conduct, Results & Outcomes, Contractual Disputes, Sponsorship, Competition Organisation, Internal Management & Membership and Public/Private International Law.

Tribunal Member (Select Cases)

  • Wellman v World Rugby
    World Rugby Independent Judicial Committee, Chair. Decision, 12 December 2023.
    Sports Law. Doping, Unintentional ADRV, Sanction.
  • International Biathlon Union v Ustyugov: - International Biathlon Union Anti-Doping Hearing Panel. Decision, 13 February 2020. Sports Law. Doping, Non-analytical positive ADRV, Sanction.
  • International Biathlon Union v Sleptsova: - International Biathlon Union Anti-Doping Hearing Panel. Decision, 11 February 2020. Sports Law. Doping, Non-analytical positive ADRV, Sanction.
  • Palamo v World Rugby: - World Rugby Independent Judicial Committee. Decision, 16 August 2017. Sports Law. Doping, Unintentional ADRV, Sanction.
  • Rayson v Athletics Australia: - Athletics Australia Selection Appeals Tribunal (Chair). Decision, 8 July 2013. Sports Law. Selection, Proper application of Nomination Criteria.
  • Snowsill v Triathlon Australia: - Triathlon Australia Appeals Tribunal. Decision, 11 June 201Sports Law. Selection, Proper application of Nomination Criteria.

As Counsel

  • Air Sport Australia Confederation v Federation Aeronautique Internationale: - Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne. CAS 2021/A/8550 (Lausanne). Award & Order dated 15 February 2022 (Leading Kelly McIntyre of Counsel). CAS Jurisdiction, Time limit for appeal.
  • Liddick v Gymnastics Australia and Sport Integrity Australia: - National Sports Tribunal of Australia. Proceeding NST-E21-148352, Interim Award dated 13 December 2021, Final Award dated 28 January 2022 (Leading Adrian Anderson of Counsel). Sports Law. Conduct, GA Code of Conduct and Member Protection Policy; Limitation of Actions; Applicable sanction.
  • Marton v Australian Taekwondo: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2021/A/8089 (Sydney). Final Award, 11 November 2021. (Leading Owen Wolahan of Counsel). Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2021/A/7945 (Sydney). Final Award, 9 June 2021. Australian Taekwondo Appeals Tribunal, Decision dated 26 April 2021. Sports Law, Olympic nomination and selection, Proper construction of Nomination Criteria, Correct application of Nomination Criteria.
  • Donald v Rowing Australia: - Rowing Australia Appeals Tribunal, Decision dated 24 March 2021 (Leading Anna Dixon of Counsel). Sports Law, Olympic nomination and selection, Proper construction of Nomination Criteria, Correct application of Nomination Criteria.
  • Neil and Equestrian Australia v Hanna: - National Sports Tribunal of Australia. Proceeding NST-E20-258261, Award dated 5 November 2020 (Leading Anna Dixon of Counsel).Sports Law. Conduct, EA Social Media Policy; NST Jurisdiction.
  • Peris v Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Athletics Australia: - - Federal Court of Australia / Court of Arbitration for Sport. Retained 2018-2019. (Leading Martin Guthrie of Counsel). Sports Law. Doping, Alleged ADRV.
  • Talbot v Federation Internationale De L’Automobile: - Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne. CAS 2016/A/4635 (Lausanne). Sports Law. Doping, Alleged ADRV. 
  • Iles v Shooting Australia: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS A1/2016 (Sydney). Partial Award, 30 June 2016; Final Award, 9 September 2016.Sports Law, Olympic nomination and selection, Proper construction of Nomination Criteria, Correct application of Nomination Criteria.
  • Lloyd & Elks v Australian Sailing: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS A3/2016 (Sydney). Final Award, 12 July 2016. (Junior to James Mighell KC). Sports Law, Olympic nomination and selection, Proper construction of Nomination Criteria, Correct application of Nomination Criteria.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Athletics Australia v Mottrom: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary Division). CAS A4/2014 (Sydney). Partial Award (Jurisdiction), 27 March 2015. Final Award, 21 March 2016. International Arbitration, Jurisdiction, Termination of arbitration, CAS Code of Sports-related Arbitration, Rule 64.2. Sports Law, Doping, Reliability of laboratory analysis of positive sample test result.
  • Equestrian Australia v Kenzig: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2014/A/3738 (Sydney). Partial Award, 9 January 2015. Final Award, 5 March 2015. Equestrian Australia Tribunal (Sydney). Decision, 20 August 2014. Sports Law. Doping, ‘B’ sample, Results management, Proof of alleged ADRV.
  • Tennis Australia and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority v Mousley: - Tennis Australia Anti-Doping Tribunal (Melbourne). Decision, 18 August 2014. Sports Law. Doping, World Anti-Doping Code 2009, Article 10.4, Sanction.
  • Jusup & Hikmet v Football Federation of Victoria (FFV) Inc: - Magistrates Court of Victoria (Melbourne). [Lauritsen CM, unreported, 7 October 2013, No D12423452]. (Leading Dr Elizabeth Boros of Counsel). Incorporated Associations, Oppression, Interlocutory injunction, Transfer of action to Supreme Court of Victoria. Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic), ss. 68(1), 68(4), 68(6), 69, 220.
  • Hill v Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Cycling Australia: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2013/A/3242 (Sydney). Award, 24 September 2013. International Arbitration, Jurisdiction, Separability of arbitration agreement. Cycling Australia Anti-Doping Policy Clauses 15.7, 15.8, 16, 19. CAS Code of Sports-related Arbitration, Rules 28, 55 and Statute of Bodies Working for the Settlement of Sports-related Disputes, Article S1. Federal Code on Private International Law 1987 (Switzerland) Articles 186, 190(2).
  • Football Federation of Victoria Inc v North Sunshine Eagles Football Club and Sporting Whittlesea Football Club: - Football Federation of Victoria Tribunal (Melbourne). Decision, 9 August 2013. Sports Law. Misconduct, Post-match melee, FFV Grievance & Disciplinary By-Law, Sanction.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority v McGough: - Australian Football League Anti-Doping Tribunal (Melbourne). Decision, 15 March 2013.  Sports Law. Doping, Intention to commit ADRV, AFL Anti-Doping Code Clause 14(3), Onus of Proof, Sanction.
  • Walker v Australian Biathlon Association Incorporated: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary Division). CAS 2011/A/2590 (Sydney). Award, 15 December 2011. Sports Law. Selection, Proper application of ABA/IOC WYOG nomination/selection criteria, exclusion of race results of 'ineligible' athlete, conduct and subsequent consideration of shortened selection race.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority v Casserly: - Western Australian Football League Appeals Tribunal (Perth). Decision, 3 June 2011. Sports Law. Doping, Intention to commit ADRV, AFL Anti-Doping Code Clause 14(3), Onus of Proof, Sanction.
  • Buckley v Boxing Australia Incorporated (BAI) & Association of International Boxing Associations (AIBA): - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary Division) CAS 2010/O/2118 (Melbourne). Sports Law. Athlete surgically fitted with cardiac pacemaker, Risk or advantage to athlete, Power of AIBA/BAI to ban athlete. Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), ss. 4-6, 28. Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic), ss. 6(b), 8-10, 64-66.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority v Nisbet: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary Division). CAS A2/2009 (Sydney). Award, 2 February 2010. Sports Law. Doping, No significant fault or negligence. Sanction.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority v Atkins: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary Division). CAS A1/2009 (Melbourne). Award, 4 November 2009. Sports Law. Doping, Whether athlete bound by NF Anti-doping Policy. ADRV consequences for athlete and other team members.
  • World Anti-Doping Agency & International Rugby Board v Australian Rugby Union & Troy: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2008/A/1652 (Sydney). Appeal Award, 18 March 2009; 2 June 2009; (2009) 4(1) ANZSLJR 1.
    Sports Law. Doping, Non-analytical positive ADRV. Appeals, Time limit for lodgement of appeal under the ARU Anti-Doping By-Law and the CAS Rules.
  • Swimming Australia Ltd v D'Arcy: - Swimming Australia Tribunal (Sydney). Decision, 21 April 2009. Sports Law. Athlete conduct. Sanction.
  • Doyle v Australian Saloon Car Federation: - Australian Motor Sport Appeals Court (Melbourne). Appeal Ruling, 15 April 2009. Sports Law. Fuel Tampering, Fuel sampling procedure, relevance and reliability of 'B' sample in absence of 'A' sample test.
  • D'Arcy v Australian Olympic Committee Inc: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2008/A/1574 (Sydney). Appeal Award, 7 July 2008; (2008) 3(1) ANZSLJR 1. Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2008/A/1539 (Sydney). Appeal Award, 2 June 2008. (Leading Aaron Weinstock of Counsel).
    (Also appeared on behalf of the Appellant before the Executive of the Australian Olympic Committee Inc, upon an application for his continued inclusion in the 2008 Australian Olympic Team, on 11 June 2008).
    Sports Law. Misconduct, Bringing self into disrepute, Proper exercise of discretion to expel team member. Sanction, Severity, Proportionality. Scope of appellate jurisdiction of the CAS.
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority v Van Tienan: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary Division). CAS 2007/A3 (Melbourne). Award, 16 June 2008. (Leading Michael Schulze of Counsel). Sports Law. Doping, Non-analytical positive ADRV, World Anti-Doping Code 2007 Articles 2.2 & 3.2, Reliable means of proof of ADRV. Sanction.
  • Zubkov v Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA): - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2007/A/1291 (Lausanne, Switzerland). Appeal Award, 21 December 2007. Sports Law. Misconduct, Bringing sport into disrepute, FINA Code of Conduct. Sanction, Severity, Proportionality.
  • Marinov v Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2007/A/1311 (Melbourne). Final Appeal Award (Save as to costs), 26 September 2007; (2007) 2(1) ANZSLJR 2. Final Award on Costs, 20 December 2007. Award (First Instance), 9 June 2007. Sports Law. Doping, Non-analytical positive ADRV, Whether official ‘knowingly' in possession of prohibited substance.
  • French v Australian Sports Commission and Cycling Australia: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2004/A/651 (Sydney & Melbourne). Award (Appeal), 11 July 2005; Award (First Instance), 8 June 2004. Sports Law. Doping, CAS Appeals, Admissibility of new evidence on appeal. Private International Law. Costs. (Also appeared for the Appellant before the Anderson Inquiry, convened by the Federal Minister for Sport, in 2004).
  • Beaton and Scholes v Equestrian Federation of Australia Ltd: - Court of Arbitration for Sport (Appeals Division). CAS 2003/A/477 (Melbourne). Appeal Award, 20 October 2003. Sports Law. Doping, Athlete's rights, Opportunity for Athlete to be present at opening of ‘B’ sample.
  • Beaton and Another v Equestrian Federation of Australia Ltd: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial & Equity Division). [2003] VSC 252. Associations & Clubs, Tribunals, Right to legal representation before Tribunal.
  • Roxburgh Park Resident's Association Inc. (Roxburgh Park Football Club) v Essendon District Football League: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial & Equity Division). Proceedings No. 5195 of 2003. Sports Law. Competition organisation. Right of club to participate in competition.
  • Drummoyne District Rugby Club Inc v New South Wales Rugby Union Ltd: - Supreme Court of New South Wales (Equity Division). (1994) Aust. Contract R 90-359. (Junior to Richard Conti KC). Contract, Privity, Umbrella organisation; Estoppel.
  • Jones v The Chief Stipendiary Steward of the Australian Jockey Club (The ‘Kings Encore’ Appeal): - Australian Jockey Club (General Committee). 18 September 1992. Sports Law. Racing. Doping. Meaning of ‘prohibited substance' (as provided by ARs 1, 8, 117B, 178 and 178A).

Public and Administrative Law

  • Tam v Worksafe Victoria: - Supreme Court of New South Wales. [2023] NSWSC 173(Leading Ganesh Jegatheesan of Counsel). Administrative Law, Judicial review, Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic), ss. 333, 337(2), Decision not to consent to damages proceedings commenced out of time.
  • Crozier v Department of Health: - Victorian Consumer and Administrative Tribunal (President, Quigley J). [2022] VCAT 1301 (Leading Kathleen Crennan of Counsel). Administrative Law, Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), ss.25(a), 32(1), 33(1) and 50(4), Relevance of documents, Legal professional privilege and personal affairs exemptions, Public interest override.
  • Jerak v Lazarus: - Supreme Court of Victoria. [2020] VSC 729 (Leading Paul Czarnota of Counsel). Administrative Law, Jurisdictional Error; Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic), ss. 537(8), 540; Opinion of Medical Panel set aside.
  • Nolan v Executive Director, Land Management Policy, Department of Environment and Primary Industries: - Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal). [2015] VSCA 301. (Leading Robin Smith of Counsel). Administrative Law, Judicial review, Public Administration Act 2004, s. 63, Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, s. 14B, Victorian Public Entities Directors’ Code of Conduct 2006, Duties of committee members, Availability of declaratory relief; Appeals, new argument on appeal.
  • Blue Wedges Inc v Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts: - Federal Court of Australia (Melbourne). [2008] FCA 399; (2008) 167 FCR 463. (Junior to Fiona McLeod SC and with Jane Treleaven of Counsel). Administrative Law, Judicial review, Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), ss. 131, 136.
  • Goryl v Greyhound Australia Pty Ltd and Another: - High Court of Australia. (1994) 179 CLR 463; (1994) 120 ALR 605; (1994) 68 ALJR 432; (1994) 19 MVR 405; (1994) Aust Torts Reports 81-628. (Junior to David Bennett QC).The Constitution, ss. 117, 118, Discrimination by the Legislature of Queensland against residents of other Australian States. Motor Vehicles Insurance Act 1936 (QLD), ss. 16, 19, 20.

Appointments

Professional

Victorian Bar 

  • Victorian Bar Council, Member (2020-2022)
  • Rule of Law Sub-Committee, Chair (2021-2022)
  • International Arbitration Committee, Member (2008-2014; 2020-2022)
  • Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, Member (2020-2021)

CommBar (Victorian Bar, Commercial Bar Association)

  • President (Current, since 2023)
  • Vice-President (2018-2023)
  • Executive Committee, Member (2016-2018) 

Australian Bar Association

  • International Law Committee, Member (Current, since 2018)
  • Executive Committee, Alternate Director (2021-2022)

Malaysian Sports Tribunal (MST)

  • Advisory Board, Member (Current, since 2015)

Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)

  • Arbitration Panel Member (Current, since 2014)
  • Honorary Counsel for Sports Arbitration (Current, since 2013)

Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)

  • Arbitration Panel Member & Fellow (Current, since 2014)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

  • Arbitration Panel Member & Fellow (Current, since 2014)

The Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal (CCH Wolters Kluwer)

  • Founder and Editor, (Current, since 2005)

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, International Court of Appeal 

  • Co-opted Judge (2018-2021)

International Biathlon Union, Court of Arbitration and Anti-Doping Hearing Panel

  • Panel Member (2017-2020)

World Rugby Anti-Doping Judicial Panel

  • Panel Member (2017-2020)

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

  • Arbitration Panel Member (2015-2018)

Swimming Australia Tribunal

  • Tribunal Member & Chair (2015-2016)

The Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal

  • Founder, Editor (Current, since 2005)

Academic

  • Queen Mary University of London

    Senior Fellow, School of Law
    (Current, since 2022)
    Courses taught:
    -     International Sports Arbitration (Course Director, Co-taught with Professor Richard McLaren).
  • University of Melbourne
    Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law 
    (2010-2022)
    Subjects taught:
    -     Sports Dispute Resolution (LAWS70736) 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 (Co-taught with Professor Richard McLaren).
    -     PhD Co-supervision: ‘CTE in Professional Team Sports’, Alexandra Veuthey, 2015-2018.
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    Course Instructor/Lecturer
    (Current, since 2014)
    Courses taught:
    -    International Commercial Arbitration, Diploma Course: Co-Course Director, Kuala Lumpur, 2017.
    -    International Commercial Arbitration, Diploma Course, (University of New South Wales): Confidentiality in Arbitration – Sydney 2015 (Co-taught with Caroline Kenny KC); Sports Arbitration - Sydney 2015 (Co-taught with Malcolm Holmes KC), Singapore 2016, Perth 2018.
    -    International Commercial Arbitration, Diploma Course, Oxford: Jesus College 2015, Queen’s College 2016.
    -    International Commercial Arbitration, Part IV Award Writing Course: Melbourne, 2014, 2018 (Co-taught with Albert Monichino QC and Caroline Kenny KC). 
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre
    Course Director/Lecturer
    (2016-2019)
    AIAC Certificate in Sports Arbitration: Course Director/Lecturer, Kuala Lumpur, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. 
  • University of Cambridge
    Visiting Fellow
    (2005-2006)
    Faculty of Law (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law) and Wolfson College
  • Leo Cussen Institute (Melbourne).
    Casual Lecturer/Instructor 
    (1999 to 2007)
  • College of Law (Sydney).
    Casual Lecturer/Instructor 
    (1994 to 1996)

Qualifications, Awards and Memberships

EDUCATION

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – FCIArb, 2013.
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration– DipICArb, 2013. 
  • (DipICArb course undertaken at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 2012)

University of Cambridge

  • Master of Studies – MSt, 2010.

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (Centre for International Studies) and Wolfson College
Thesis Title: The Effect of International Relations on Sports Anti-Doping Regulation.

  • Visiting Fellow, 2005-2006.

Faculty of Law (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law) and Wolfson College
Research Topic: The International Resolution of Sporting Disputes: Private or Public International Law Framework?

Queensland University of Technology

  • Bachelor of Laws – LLB, 1986.

Faculty of Law
(Union College, University of Queensland, 1984-1985)

AWARDS

  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), 2013

Recipient, ‘Denis Callinan Award’ 
(For commendable community service in the field of sports law).
 

  • The Victorian Bar, Pro-Bono Awards 2013

Nominee, ‘Ron Merkel Award’ 
(For pro-bono work undertaken by Barristers of more than 15 years’ call or Silks).

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow.

(Current, since 2013)London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association; Member.

(Current, since 2006)

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn; Member.

(Current, since 2005)

  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA); Member.

(Current, since 2003)

  • The Victorian Bar; Member.

(Current, since 1997. Previously a member of the New South Wales Bar Association from 1990 to 1997)
 

Publications

Books, Book Chapters, Journal Articles & Reports

  • ‘Who is a “Publisher” of defamatory material on social media?’, LawinSport – Online <here>, 02 December 2022.
  • 'Restoring Trust in Sport: Corruption Cases and Solutions’ by Dr Catherine Ordway – Book Review
    Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal (2021) 14(1) ANZSLJ 162.
  • ‘UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts’ by Eckart Brodermann – Book Review
    Journal of International Arbitration. (2020) 37 JoIA 405-406. (Kluwer Law International BV).
  • ‘Sports Arbitration’ in Arbitration in Malaysia: A Practical Guide, Rajoo, S. (Editor), Sweet & Maxwell – Thomson Reuters, Kuala Lumpur, 2016 (Co-authored with Vinayak Pradhan). 
  • ‘The Commercial Rationale of the World Anti-Doping Code’ in Doping, Sport and the Law, Haas, U. and Healey, D. (Editors), Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016.
  • The Rule of Law and Sporting Justice 
    Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal. (2007) 2(1) ANZSLJ 1. (CCH Australia). 
  • Acceptable Intervention? When the ‘final' result is not necessarily so final... 
    The ANZSLA Commentator. (2006) 63 The Commentator 1.
  • Burnt at the Stake: Unfairness and the ‘Ugly Parent'
    The ANZSLA Commentator. (2005) 60 The Commentator 1.
  • 'Sport and the Law' by Deborah Healey (Third Edition) - Book Review
    The ANZSLA Commentator. (2005) 60 The Commentator 4.
  • Sports Law - a niche specialty
    Young Lawyers Careers Handbook 2005. Law Institute of Victoria Limited, 2004.
  • SCOCA Unfair Contract Terms Discussion Paper 2004 - Response of The Victorian Bar*
    Unfair Contract Terms Discussion Paper 2004 - Commonwealth Standing Committee of Officials of Consumer Affairs. The Victorian Bar, 2004. (*Principal Author).
  • Current Problems in the Resolution of Sporting Disputes in Australia
    International Sports Law Review. [2004] 2 ISLR 22. (Sweet & Maxwell, United Kingdom).

Lectures and Conference Papers

  • Appearing before sports disciplinary tribunals: Thoughts and reflections
    (Panel discussion with Adrian Anderson [Barrister, Melbourne], Professor Richard McLaren OC [Partner, McKenzie Lake Lawyers, London Ontario] and Brianna Quinn [Partner, Bird & Bird, Sydney]).
    ANZSLA Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2023.
  • Lessons from Banksia
    CPE Pan Europe Pacific Conference, Cortina D'Ampezzo (Italy), 2023.
    (*With Marcus Clarke KC)
  • Spectator Behaviour in Sports: Strict Liability Post-Hillsborough
    Sports Law Association of Malaysia, Annual Conference, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Online, 2022.
  • Live-streaming court cases: the implications for judges, advocates and the administration of justice
    (Participated in panel discussion with Justice Pat Keane AC [High Court of Australia], Justice John Middleton AM [Federal Court of Australia], Dame Sara Cockerill [Judge-in-Charge of the Commercial Court of England and Wales], moderated by Fiona McLeod AO KC).
    Australian Bar Association Conference, Melbourne (Australia), 2022.
  • The Field of Sports Arbitration
    Sports Law Association of Malaysia, Annual Conference, Johor (Malaysia), Online, 2021.
  • Disputes to CAS: Understanding the Sports Arbitration Framework
    Asian International Arbitration Centre Sports Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Online, 2021.
  • The 2019 Sports Law Update: Hot Topics and Recent CAS Cases
    Asian International Arbitration Centre Sports Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2019.
  • Smoking, Oligarchs, Mighty Ships and Footy: Settlement of International Commercial Disputes
    CPE Conferences, Australian High Commission, London (United Kingdom), 2018.
  • Sports Arbitration in Malaysia: A Regional Approach
    Asian International Arbitration Centre Sports Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2018.
  • International Arbitration in a Tri-Polar World. 
    Hong Kong 2018 International Commercial Law Conference, Hong Kong (PRC Hong Kong SAR), 2018
    (*Panel Discussion, Chair)
  • Regulation of Sport in an Anarchical World. 
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong (PRC Hong Kong SAR), 2018.
  • Universal justice, different languages: Harmonising civil and common law approaches in international commercial arbitration. 
    Australian Bar Association Conference, London (United Kingdom), 2017.
    (*Panel Discussion, Chair)
  • The China Syndrome: Rethinking arbitration on the ‘One Belt, One Road’. 
    KLRCA International Arbitration Week, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2017.
  • Privilege and its Impact on Discovery and Production of Documents in International Arbitration*
    International Pacific Bar Association Conference, Auckland, 2017.
    (*Panel Discussion and Abstract)
  • Commercial Arbitration in Asia: What is the future
    Australian Bar Association Conference, Melbourne, 2016.
    (*Panel Discussion and Abstract)
  • A Challenge to Sovereignty? Sporting Imperialism and the Court of Arbitration for Sport
    The London 2016 International Commercial Law Conference, London (United Kingdom), 2016.
  • New means of communication: Defamation and social media
    The 20th Annual Euro-Pacific Legal Conference, Cortina D'Ampezzo (Italy), 2016.
  • Alchemy, the ‘Golden Fleece’ and Sporting Justice: Whither the Court of Arbitration for Sport?
    Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (‘ANZSLA’) Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2015. 
  • Sovereignty Undermined? Sport and International Relations
    University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, International Relations Conference, Cambridge (United Kingdom), 2015.
  • Sports Arbitration Essentials: The Practitioner’s Kit Bag 
    KLRCA International Arbitration Conference, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2015.
  • Dispute Resolution in Sports
    RWY Sports Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2014.
  • A New Lex Mercatoria? Resolving the Tension Between Confidentiality and Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration
    KLRCA International Arbitration Conference, Kuching (Malaysia), 2014.
  • New Frontiers in Sports Arbitration
    Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 2014.
  • Lessons from Wickenby: Paul Hogan, the ACC and the ATO
    Australian Professional Advisors Conference, Beaver Creek (USA), 2011.
  • Chasing the Horse that Bolted: International Asset Tracing
    Australian Accountants and Lawyers Conference, Aspen (USA), 2011.
  • The Olympic Edition Cereal Box: WADA, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Code
    ANZSLA Annual Conference, Sydney, 2010. 
  • Sports Law Update: The Year in Review
    ANZSLA Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2008. 
  • Indigenous Australia and Social Justice: Why Sports Law Matters
    National Indigenous Lawyers Conference, Melbourne, 2008.
  • SDR: Sports Disputes Resolution
    Australian Professional Advisors Conference, Sun Peaks (Canada), 2008.
  • Interlocutory Injunctions Revisited: Organising Principles
    The Victorian Bar, CommBar (Equity Section), Melbourne, 2007.
  • Legal Responses to Sports Doping
    The Victorian Bar, CommBar (Sports Law Section), Melbourne, 2006.
  • Should Choice of Forum be Optional or Compulsory for Sports
    ANZSLA Annual Conference, Auckland (New Zealand), 2006.
    (*Panel Discussion and Long Abstract)
  • Insolvent Trading: Lessons From ‘One-Tel'
    Insolvency Practitioners Conference, Wanaka, (New Zealand), 2006.
  • The New Game: International Law and the Resolution of Sporting Disputes
    University of Cambridge, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, Cambridge (United Kingdom), 2006.
  • The New Sporting Professional: Lawyer, Accountant, Administrator?
    Australian Accountants & Lawyers Conference, Whistler (Canada), 2005.
  • Resolution of Sporting Disputes
    The 8th Annual Euro-Pacific Legal Conference, Cortina D'Ampezzo (Italy), 2004.
  • Current Problems in the Resolution of Sporting Disputes in Australia
    ANZSLA Annual Conference, Canberra, 2003.
  • A Uniform Sporting Code
    The 2003 Commonwealth Law Conference, Melbourne, 2003.

Seminar Papers

  • Sports in the New Age of Physical Distancing
    Asian International Arbitration Centre, Webinar, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Online, 2020.
  • Issues of Integrity in Sport and eSports 
    39 Essex Chambers, Sports Law Seminar for Counsel and Solicitors, London (United Kingdom), 2019.
  • The Use of Documents in Civil Litigation: Subpoenas and Discovery
    The Victorian Bar, Readers Course, Melbourne, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019.
  • The ‘Harman’ Obligation: Policy, Procedure and Punishment
    The Victorian Bar and CommBar, CPD in Session, Melbourne, 2017.
  • Concussion and Sports Liability
    University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, CLE Seminar, Melbourne, 2017.
  • International Law and the Court of Arbitration for Sport*
    The Victorian Bar, CommBar (International Law Section), Melbourne, 2015.
    (*With The Honourable Justice Beach and The Honourable Justice Pagone)
  • Contractual Interpretation: A Roundabout Approach
    Legalwise Seminars, CPD Seminar, Melbourne, 2013, 2014.
  • Doping Issues in Sport and the ACC Report
    Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association, Seminar, Melbourne, 2013.
  • Inconvenient Truths: Doping, Detection & Integrity in Sport
    Dever’s List, CPD Seminar, Melbourne, 2013.
  • The Ad-Hoc Olympic Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport 
    39 Essex Street, Sports Law Seminar for Counsel and Solicitors, London (United Kingdom), 2012.
  • The A to Z of Trial Strategy
    The Victorian Bar, Readers Course, Melbourne, 2011, 2012.
  • Interlocutory Injunctions: An Overview
    Leo Cussen Institute, Melbourne, 2011.
  • Reworking the Laws of Evidence in Victoria: Evidence Act 2008*
    Advanced Commercial Litigation Seminar, Legalwise Seminars, Melbourne, 2009.
    Western Suburbs Law Association, Footscray, 2009.
    (*With Jane Treleaven of Counsel)
  • Interlocutory Injunctions
    Leo Cussen Institute, Commercial Litigation Seminar Series, Melbourne, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008.
  • Sports Law Update: Resolution of Sporting Disputes
    Leo Cussen Institute, Melbourne, 2007.
  • The ‘Off Field' Contest: Legal Responses to Sporting Disputes*
    39 Essex Street, Sports Law Seminar for Counsel and Solicitors, London, 2007.
    (*With Jonathan Bellamy of Counsel)
  • Misleading and Deceptive Conduct and the Law of Contract
    Leo Cussen Institute, Contract Intensive Seminar Series, Melbourne, 2006.
  • Commercial Litigation – Subpoenas
    Leo Cussen Institute, Melbourne, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2005.
  • Caveat Caveator: Real Property Caveats in Victoria*
    Leo Cussen Institute, Property Law Seminar Series, Melbourne, 2002 & 2005.
    (*With Erin Gardner of Counsel, 2005)
  • Misleading or Deceptive Conduct - Section 52 TPA - Current Issues
    Leo Cussen Institute, Trade Practices Seminar Series, Melbourne, 2003 & 2004.
  • Creditors Duties - Realisation of Security
    Leo Cussen Institute, Melbourne, 2001.
  • Commercial Litigation - Case Preparation
    Leo Cussen Institute, Melbourne, 1999.
  • Forming Corporate Alliances - Current Trends in Mergers & Acquisitions
    LAAMS Group, Melbourne, 1999.
  • Untaming the Shrew - Recent Developments in the Liability of Third Party Guarantors
    LAAMS Group, Melbourne, 1999.

Media (Selected Articles)

  • Vulnerability of contact tracing data should have been known sooner
    Herald Sun (Melbourne), 29 December 2021.
  • Bill must strike a balance
    Herald Sun (Melbourne), 27 November 2021.
  • An open letter against Victoria’s new pandemic laws
    The Age (Melbourne) 29 October 2021.
  • Beware the creeping blight on democracy
    Herald Sun (Melbourne), 21 October 2021.
  • Rigour will demand answers
    Herald Sun (Melbourne), 17 October 2020.
  • Era of sports sitting in judgment on themselves is over
    The Australian (Sydney), 27 May 2017.
  • Contador faces a challenge of Alpe d'Huez proportions
    The Times (London), 14 October 2010.
  • Un desafio legal como l'Alpe d'Huez
    (A legal challenge like Alpe d'Huez)
    El Pais (Madrid), 11 October 2010.
  • The problem of 'just' warfare
    The Times (London), 22 January 2009.
  • Kremlin crushes truce of the Games
    The Australian (Sydney), 15 August 2008.
  • A marital handicap
    The Bulletin (Sydney), 13 November 1990.
  • The public interest in Wal
    The Bulletin (Sydney), 7 August 1990.