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Haroon
Hassan

Haroon has over 15 years experience in dispute resolution within Australia and internationally. He has appeared as an advocate in superior courts and specialist tribunals and is often called upon to advise on sensitive and urgent matters. His clients have included high-profile individuals, governments and listed companies.

He has degrees in Arts and Law (with Honours) from the University of Adelaide. In 2003 he completed a Master of Laws at Columbia University in New York where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Prior to his admission to practice he was an associate to the Hon. Justice John Perry AO in the Supreme Court of South Australia, and later to the Hon. Justice Mary Gaudron in the High Court of Australia.

Commercial Law

He regularly appears in commercial matters before State and Federal Courts, as well as specialist tribunals. He has acted as counsel in disputes concerning: high value contracts; shareholders rights; directors duties; employment and industrial matters; copyright; breach of confidence; trade marks; domain names; data breach; privacy; information technology; energy law; corporate insolvency and competition and consumer law.

Haroon also has significant experience in assisting clients in the conduct of inquries, public examinations and regulatory investigations.

Media, Entertainment & Sports Law

Haroon regularly acts for leading publishers and broadcasters throughout Australia as well as high profile individuals.

His institutional clients have included the Seven Network, Nine Network, Fairfax, News Corporation and the ABC. High profile individuals he has acted for include Oscar and Grammy winning artists, international celebrities, as well as prominent sporting organisations, administrators and athletes.  He regularly advises on defamation, contempt, privacy, reputation management and suppression orders. He has also presented guest lectures at Melbourne Law School in the subjects "Media Law" (JD Program) and "Contempt, Free Speech & the State" (LLM Program). 

Planning, Environment & Local Government

He has considerable experience in local government matters and welcomes briefs in planning, environment and development disputes as well as panel hearings. He has acted for objectors, permit applicants, responsible authorities and interested parties in matters arising under the: Planning & Environment Act, Local Government Act, Environment Protection Act, Environment Effects ActHeritage Act, Aboriginal Heritage Act,  Crown Land (Reserves) Act, Public Health and Wellbeing Act, Liquor Control Reform Act, Administrative Law Act and Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act.

Public Law & Regulatory Matters

Haroon has extensive  experience acting for public sector clients who exercise regulatory functions and powers. This includes appearing as counsel in appeals, judicial review proceedings, merits review hearings, disciplinary proceedings, compulsory examinations, inquiries and prosecutions. He is often briefed by regulatory authorities and practitioners in disciplinary proceedings at first instance, on review and on appeal.  He is also experienced in the regulation of the Education sector (having acted both for and against regulatory authorities operating throughout Australia).

Alternative Dispute Resolution

In addition to his work as an advocate, Haroon is a nationally accredited mediator. He welcomes briefs to mediate disputes in his areas of practice.

Bar Committees & Working Groups

Co-Convenor, Working Group on Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity

Member, Equality & Diversity Committee

Member, Victorian Bar News Committee

For a selection of Haroon’s recent matters, please click here.

For a copy of Haroon’s CV, please click here.

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Contact

PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6777
Email haroon.hassan@vicbar.com.au
FAX +61 3 9225 6355

Chambers: Room 1515
Castan Chambers
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Appellate
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Corporate Insolvency
Public Examinations
Commercial Law
Civil Procedure Law
Sports
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
Class Actions
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Defamation
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Government
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law
Technology Law & Media Law

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
07 Aug 2000
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
16 May 2013

Qualifications

BA, LLB (Hons) (Adelaide), GDLP, LLM (Columbia)

Also Entitled to Practise in

All Australian States and Jurisdictions

Committee Memberships

Equality & Diversity Committee
Victorian Bar News Editorial Committee