Adrian practises predominately in the area of public law, including administrative law matters and injunction matters (the latter acting for State parties). He also has significant expertise in complex general litigation involving both Government and non-Government entities. He is available to accept briefs in all jurisdictions, for and against Government, or involving wholly private parties.
Since coming to the Bar, Adrian has appeared alone in the Supreme Court, County Court, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Magistrates’ Court, Fair Work Commission, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and VCAT. Adrian has also been briefed as a junior in the Supreme Court. Whilst at the Bar, Adrian has been briefed to provide advice to Government on a wide range of governance and statutory interpretation matters. He has also been briefed by an international non-Government organisation to negotiate a major commercial agreement with the Western Australian Government.
Before joining the Bar, Adrian worked in Government for over seven years, the last six of which he worked in the public law team at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO). Whilst at the VGSO, Adrian advised on a wide range of matters, including constitutional matters and statutory interpretation. Adrian was involved in the Kilmore and Murrindindi proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Adrian has also acted for Government in several Royal Commissions and Inquiries, including the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission and the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. During his time at the VGSO, Adrian acted in various High Court constitutional interventions by the Victorian Government.
Adrian has particular expertise in the area of public interest immunity (PII) and parliamentary privilege. Adrian has presented whole of Victorian Government seminars on PII and also presented at ASIC. He also regularly presents seminars for Legalwise.
Before joining the VGSO, Adrian undertook articles and worked as a solicitor at Clayton Utz in the Melbourne office.
Adrian has a doctorate in law in sentencing law and international criminal law. A copy of Adrian’s full curriculum vitae can be found here.
Adrian is a Reporter for the Victorian Reports.
Adrian read with Richard J Harris. His senior mentor is Peter Gray QC.
Australian Society for Kangaroos v Secretary DELWP & Anor  VSC 407 (acting for the defendants successfully having judicial review application dismissed — led by Jason Pizer QC).
Bolton v ASIC  AATA 976 (acting for ASIC resisting an interlocutory application — among other things, the AAT confirmed that it has the power, on reviewing de novo the disqualification of a director by ASIC, to take into account conduct occurring after the disqualification — led by Philip Bender).
Australian Society for Kangaroos v Secretary DELWP & Anor  VSC 88 (acting for the defendants successfully resisting a discovery application — led by Chris Horan QC).
Re GAD  VSC 515 (acting for the Attorney-General for Victoria in the Supreme Court of Victoria in a matter involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1977 (Vic)).
Re L T B  VSC 282 (acting for the Attorney-General for Victoria in a matter involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1977 (Vic)).
Attorney-General for Victoria v Knight  VSC 488 (vexatious litigation application on behalf of the Attorney-General against Mr Julian Knight — led by Danny Masel SC).
Baker v Ngarda Civil and Mining Pty Ltd  FWC 3554 (jurisdictional objection — successfully argued that an enterprise agreement still applied to an employee applicant despite evidence of an alleged contract purporting to promote the applicant to “Superintendent” role).
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Admitted to the Legal Profession:
28 Apr 2003
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
30 Apr 2015
BA (Hons) (Melb) LLB (Hons) (Mon) SJD (Mon)