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 and VCAT. Adrian has also been briefed as a junior in the Supreme Court. He practises predominately in the area of public law. Adrian also has significant expertise in complex litigation involving Government entities. He is available to accept briefs in all jurisdictions.
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 which often involved research and consideration of matters as-yet untested by the Courts. In that context, Adrian provided advice during the course of litigation as well as prospective advice, including to emergency management agencies, regarding their powers and duties.
During his time at the VGSO, Adrian acted in litigious matters, including constitutional matters and complex litigation. 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. Adrian has acted in High Court constitutional interventions as well as constitutional matters in which the Government has been a Defendant. This includes claims brought by Sportsbet alleging breaches of section 92 of the Australian Constitution (free trade between the States).
Adrian has particular expertise in the area of public interest immunity (PII) and parliamentary privilege, in the context of complex litigation. Adrian recently presented whole of Victorian Government seminars on PII and on constitutional law. He also regularly presents seminars for Legalwise on PII and is available to present in-house seminars in this area.
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 the area of sentencing 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.
Re L T B  VSC 282 (26 May 2017) acting for the Attorney-General for Victoria in a matter involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1977 (Vic).
Baker v Ngarda Civil and Mining Pty Ltd  FWC 3554 (25 May 2015) (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).
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)
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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)