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Hamish Austin QC

Bar roll 1998 Silk 2016
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
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Hamish Austin QC is a leading trial and appellate advocate with a broad commercial practice

Hamish Austin QC joined the Bar in 1998 and was appointed senior counsel in 2016.  During that time Hamish has developed an extensive practice in general commercial litigation, both at first instance and at appellate level.  He also has specialist expertise in corporations, insolvency, insurance and transport (aviation and maritime) law.

Hamish has appeared in some of the most complex commercial disputes in the last decade. These include the Timbercorp and Centro class actions, the collapses of Environinvest, Great Southern, Forest Enterprises Australia and Primebroker, and the Asahi litigation. 

As well as Victoria, Hamish has been briefed to appear in superior courts in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.  He has also appeared in special references and arbitrations concerning international commercial disputes.  He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Hamish has been recognised in the Victorian and Australian Senior Counsel rankings of “Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession” for his expertise in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Restructuring and Transport Law.  

Liability limited by a scheme approved by Professional Standards Legislation

Contact

Correspondence
Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 23 Room 10

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Private International Law
  • Real Property
  • Superannuation
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Planning & Design Architecture (Melb)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Mon)

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Selected Cases Include

Re Amerind Pty Ltd (receivers and managers apptd) (in liq) (No 2) [2017] VSC 169

Re Amerind Pty Ltd (receivers and managers apptd) (in liq) [2017] VSC 127; 320 FLR 118; 121 ACSR 206 

Mair v Rhodes & Beckett [2017] VSC 54 

Re Southern Riverina Dairy Group Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 4 

FSS Trustee Corporation v Eastaugh [2016] VSC 636 

Reardon v Hall & Wilcox (a firm) (No 2) [2016] VSC 719 

Reardon v Hall & Wilcox (a firm) [2016] VSC 188 

Re Carpenter International Pty Ltd [2016] VSC 118; 307 FLR 37; 111 ACSR 477 

Kalabakas v Chubb Insurance Australia Ltd [2015] VSC 705; (2016) 19 ANZ Insurance Cases 62-088 

The Australian Special Opportunity Fund, LP v Equity Trustees Wealth Services Ltd (No 2) [2015] NSWCA 294 

The Australian Special Opportunity Fund, LP v Equity Trustees Wealth Services Ltd [2015] NSWCA 225; 298 FLR 147; 108 ACSR 45; 323 ALR 570 

Boz One Pty Ltd & Anor v McLellan & Ors (No 2) [2015] VSCA 145 

Boz One Pty Ltd & Anor v McLellan & Ors [2015] VSCA 68; (2015) 105 ACSR 325 

Re Bacchus Distillery Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) [2014] VSC 111; 98 ACSR 539 

Woodcroft-Brown v Timbercorp Securities Ltd & Ors [2014] HCATrans 85 

Boz One Pty Ltd & Anor v McLellan & Ors [2014] VSC 208; (2014) 101 ACSR 442 

Re Metal Storm Ltd (subject to Deed of Company Arrangement) [2014] NSWSC 813; 100 ACSR 637 

Re Metal Storm Ltd (subject to Deed of Company Arrangement) [2014] NSWSC 1170 

Re Metal Storm Ltd (subject to Deed of Company Arrangement) [2014] NSWSC 1458 

Dura (Australia) Constructions Pty Ltd v Hue Boutique Living Pty Ltd & Ors [2014] VSCA 326; 49 VR 86; 192 FLR 114 

Woodcroft-Brown v Timbercorp Securities Ltd & Ors [2013] VSCA 284; 96 ACSR 307 

NT Consulting Services Pty Ltd v Own Investments Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 508 

Re Great Southern Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2013] VSC 351 

Re Gunns Plantations Limited (No 1) [2012] VSC 655 

ABN AMRO Clearing Sydney Pty Ltd v Primebroker Securities Ltd [2012] VSCA 287; (2013) 39 VR 208 

Australian Public Trustees Limited (Receivers Appointed) (in its capacity as trustee and/or responsible entity of the Government Property Trust No 5) v Australian Public Trustees Limited (Receivers Appointed) (in its capacity as trustee of the Government Property Trust No 3 (and also known as GPT Vicroads Class C Trust)) [2012] VSC 364 

Kirby v Centro Properties Limited (No 6) [2012] FCA 650 

Secatore, in the matter of Fletcher Jones and Staff Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) [2011] FCA 1493 

Tropical Reef Shipyard Pty Ltd v QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd [2011] FCAFC 145 

SC Capital Pty Ltd v Primebroker Securities Ltd [2011] VSC 565 

Woodcroft-Brown v Timbercorp Securities Ltd [2011] VSC 427; 253 FLR 240; 85 ACSR 354 

Primebroker Securities Ltd v Fortis Clearing Sydney Pty Ltd (No 3) [2011] VSC 182; 83 ACSR 119

Minister Administering the Mining Act 1978 (WA) v McKern [2010] HCATrans 327 

Environinvest Ltd v Misko [2010] VSC 549; 81 ACSR 145 

Clarke v Great Southern Finance Pty Ltd [2010] VSC 473; 243 FLR 451; 80 ACSR 219 

Tropical Reef Shipyard Pty Ltd v QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd (No 2) [2010] FCA 1093; 274 ALR 626 

McKern v Minister administering the Mining Act 1978 (WA) [2010] VSCA 140; 28 VR 1; 269 ALR 534; 240 FLR 122; 78 ACSR 630 

Silvia v FEA Carbon Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) (Receivers and Managers Appointed) [2010] FCA 515; 185 FCR 301 

Woodcroft-Brown v Timbercorp Securities Ltd [2010] VSC 68; 77 ACSR 361 

Capelli v Shepard [2010] VSCA 2; 29 VR 242; 264 ALR 167; 77 ACSR 35   

Publications

Memberships

Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand