Israel Cowen Portrait

Israel Cowen

Bar roll 2016 Admitted 2013
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
  • Public Law
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Israel Cowen has a broad practice incorporating commercial law, intellectual property and public law

He has advised and appeared in a range of matters involving competition and consumer law, corporations law, fiduciary duties, professional negligence, trade marks law, and judicial review. In 2017, Israel was listed by Doyle's Guide as an Emerging Intellectual Property & TMT Junior Counsel.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Israel served as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Middleton and as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Moshinsky at the Federal Court of Australia. Earlier, Israel worked as a solicitor at Allens on a range of intellectual property, corporate insolvency and tax litigation matters. 

Before studying law, Israel worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs JBWere. He also has experience in the advertising and public relations industries. Whilst undertaking his Juris Doctor, Israel was an editor of the Monash University Law Review. 

Israel read with Daniel Crennan QC and his senior mentor is Philip Crutchfield QC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
Intellectual Property
  • Confidential Information
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Patents
  • Trade Marks
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review



Master of Laws (JD)

Bachelor of Commerce (Mon)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Since coming to the Bar, Israel has advised, and appeared on behalf of, individuals, corporations and government agencies. Some matters in which Israel has been briefed include:

McCrohan Super Investments Pty Ltd & Ors v Ashdown & Ors [2018] VSC 422 – misleading or deceptive conduct (led by J Slattery)

Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

Application by Tabcorp Holdings Limited [2017] ACompT 1 – merger authorisation (led by A McClelland QC, with K Anderson, P Thiagarajan and S Zeleznikow)  

Australian Property Custodians Holding Ltd v William Lewski and Ors (Supreme Court of Victoria, settled) – breach of trust and knowing assistance (led by J Slattery)

The Really Good Company Pty Ltd v MAE Pacific Pty Ltd and Ors (Supreme Court of Victoria) – breach of contract, fiduciary duties and misleading or deceptive conduct (led by D Crennan)

Dahlia (Aust) Pty Ltd and Anor v Fulcrum Management Pty Limited and Ors (Federal Court) – breach of contract, trade mark infringement and misleading or deceptive conduct (led by C Golvan QC with M Marcus)

Various proceedings in the County Court of Victoria, including contract disputes and Australian Consumer Law claims (led by S Anderson QC; P Gray QC; unled).

Acting for various plaintiffs and defendants in insolvency proceedings (unled, Supreme Court of Victoria)

Advices on judicial review, statutory construction and other public law issues (led by P Hanks QC; unled)

BJO18 v Minister for Home Affairs & Anor –  judicial review (led by J Burnside QC)


Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association