Julian Burnside AO QC
- Bachelor of Economics; Bachelor of Laws
- Level 30 Aickin Chambers200 Queen Street Melbourne
- 03 9225 7488
- 03 9225 7350
- Signed Bar Roll:
- Also Admitted:
- New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia
Julian Burnside QC practises principally in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law.
While maintaining a strong commercial practice, Julian has also developed a distinguished public law practice. He regularly appears in both first instance and appellate proceedings in the Supreme Court, and the Federal Court in Victoria and across other states. He also appears in the High Court of Australia.
Julian's landmark cases include successfully appearing for the Plaintiff in Trevorrow v. South Australia which was the first time a court recognised membership of the 'Stolen Generation' as a basis for legal compensation. He also successfully appeared before the Federal Court and in the High Court for the Maritime Union of Australia in the Patrick Stevedores v MUA litigation (the 'Waterfront Dispute').
In recent years Julian has become one of Australia's leading advocates in relation to Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and the protection of human rights and is also an accomplished author.
In 2009 Julian was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his work as a human rights advocate, and for his services to the arts and the law.
- Victorian Society for Computers and Law, founding member
- Liberty Victoria, past President
- The Justice Project, founding member
- Fortyfive Downstairs, Chair
- The Mietta Foundation, Chair
Counsel for NCSC in BHP takeover cases (takeovers: Supreme Court of Victoria)
Counsel for ACI in takeover case (takeovers: Supreme Court of Victoria)
Counsel for Respondent in Autodesk v. Dyason (computer copyright: Federal Court, High Court)
Counsel for Plaintiff in Crittenden v. ANZ (guarantees: Supreme Court of Victoria)
Counsel for Alan Bond in La Promenade prosecution (committal and trial, WA)
Counsel for Plaintiff in Porteous v. Rinehart (Corporations, trusts, fiduciary duties: Supreme Court of WA)
Counsel for Maritime Union of Australia in Patrick Stevedores v. Maritime Union (Corporations law, external administration, industrial law: Federal Court, High Court)
Counsel for Plaintiff in Premier Developments v. Spotless (Corporations, environmental law: Supreme Court)
Counsel for Applicant in ACCC v. J. McPhee & Co (trade practices, price fixing: Federal Court)
Counsel for Applicant in ACCC v. Universal Music & Ors (trade practices, exclusionary conduct: Federal Court)
Counsel for Respondent in ACCC v. MUA & Ors (trade practices, exclusionary conduct: Federal Court)
Counsel for Respondent in ACCC v. SIP & Ors (trade practices, exclusionary conduct: Federal Court)
Counsel for intervenor in Melway v. Hicks (trade practices, misuse of market power: High Court)
Counsel for Applicant in ACCC v. Leahy Petroleum (trade practices, price fixing: Federal Court)
Counsel for Plaintiff in Mirvac v. La Rocca (misleading and deceptive conduct: Supreme Court)
Counsel for Respondent individual in ACCC v. Visy, Carroll & Ors (trade practices, price fixing: Federal Court)
Counsel for Plaintiff in Trevorrow v. South Australia (stolen generation, personal injuries, fiduciary duties: Supreme Court of SA)
Counsel for Applicant in Ruhani v. Commissioner of Police No.1 and No. 2 (litigation relating to the Pacific Solution: High Court)
Counsel assisting Australian Broadcasting Authority in "Cash for Comment" inquiry.