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Haroon Hassan

Bar roll 2013 Admitted 2000
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Intellectual Property Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Haroon is an experienced and highly effective advocate

He is often briefed to appear in superior courts and specialist tribunals in complex and high-profile litigation. His clients include publicly listed corporations, governments, statutory authorities as well as private companies and individuals. He is regularly briefed as counsel in royal commissions, statutory inquiries, compulsory examinations and regulatory investigations.

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Recent matters in which he has been briefed include:

  • Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence
  • Hotel Quarantine Inquiry
  • Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
  • Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
  • Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System
  • Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants


Administrative, Public & Regulatory Law

He routinely acts for the Commonwealth, the State of Victoria, local government, public sector agencies, statutory authorities, corporate entities and individuals in matters at first instance, on review (both judicial and merits) as well as on appeal. He has also served as counsel assisting in a number of statutory inquiries. He has extensive experience acting for and advising public sector clients that exercise regulatory functions and powers. He is regularly sought out to advise on statutory interpretation, governance and regulatory issues.

Commercial Law

Haroon has appeared in significant commercial disputes before State and Federal courts and tribunals. This includes acting as counsel in disputes concerning high value contracts, shareholders rights, directors duties, restraints of trade, industrial disputes, copyright, breach of confidence, trade marks, domain names, data breach, privacy, information technology, energy law, competition and consumer law, corporate insolvency, tax and class actions.

Planning, Environment & Local Government Law

He welcomes briefs in planning, environmental, development and regulatory disputes (including regulatory prosecutions). He also has experience acting in panel and advisory committee hearings in respect of major infrastructure developments and projects.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law

Haroon has been briefed on behalf of a number of leading publishers, broadcasters and content producers (including the ABC, Fairfax, News Corporation, Nine, Screentime Australia and Seven). He has also appeared as counsel for ".auDA" (Australia's domain name regulator) in a number of disputes. Over the course of his career he has acted for Oscar and Grammy award winning artists, elite athletes and other prominent individuals. He routinely advises private and public sector clients on defamation, contempt, privacy, reputation management, suppression orders and regulatory issues. Haroon is presently a member of:

  • the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Media and Communications Law at the University of Melbourne;
  • the Media Law Section of the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria; and
  • the County Court Defamation List Users Group.


Alternative Dispute Resolution

He is a nationally accredited mediator and welcomes briefs to mediate disputes in his area of practice.

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Room 15 Level 15

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

+61 3 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Sports Law
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Confidential Information
  • Industrial Disputes
Intellectual Property
  • Appellate
  • Confidential Information
  • Information Technology
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Telecommunications
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Common Law
  • Defamation
  • Inquests
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Aged Care
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Judicial Review
  • Planning & Local Government
  • Privacy
  • Taxation

Qualifications

Qualifications

Master of Laws (Columbia)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Adelaide)

Bachelor of Arts

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Languages

Indonesian

Recent Cases

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence (on behalf of the State of Victoria) [2021] (led by K L Walker QC, Solicitor-General for Victoria and instructed by the Department of Premier & Cabinet)

Hotel Quarantine Inquiry (on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety) [2020] (led by Dr K P Hanscombe QC with H A Tiplady and instructed by Allens)

Royal Commission into National Disaster Arrangements (on behalf of the State of Victoria) [2020] (led by R H M Attiwill QC with E Nekvapil, H A Tiplady, K A Brazenor, R Amamoo and M Narayan - instructed by the VGSO)

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (on behalf of the State of Victoria) [2019] (led by R H M Attiwill QC and instructed by the Department of Premier & Cabinet)

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System (on behalf of the State of Victoria) [2019] (led by K L Walker QC, Solicitor-General for Victoria and instructed by the Department of Premier & Cabinet)

Royal Commission into Management of Police Informants (on behalf of the State of Victoria) [2018] (led by K L Walker QC, Solicitor-General for Victoria and instructed by the Department of Premier & Cabinet)

Operation Lansdowne (for an examinee) [2017] - IBAC Public Examinations (instructed by Patrick & Associates)

Building Practitioners Board (Victoria) [2016 -2020] - Counsel assisting in various disciplinary inquiries (instructed by the Victorian Building Authority)

Woolworths Ltd v Casey City Council & Ors (on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police and the Licensing Inspector) [2016] VCGLR 7 - Public Inquiry under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (instructed by the VGSO)

Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville (for a witness) [2015] - Parliamentary Inquiry (instructed by Patrick & Associates)

Administrative, Public and Regulatory Law

CUB Australia Holding Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2021] FCAFC 171 - Appeal - Taxation (led by F O'Loughlin QC with A Lee - instructed by Johnson Winter & Slattery)

Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd v Major Transport Infrastructure Authority & Anor [2021] VCAT - FOI Review - Resolved at Compulsory Conference (instructed by Corrs Chambers Westgarth)

CUB Australia Holding Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2021] FCA 43 - Judicial Review - Taxation (led by F O'Loughlin QC with R E Chan - instructed by Johnson Winter & Slattery)

Arcare v Commissioner, Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission (Cth) [2020] FCA - Aged Care (settled prior to trial - led by T L Wong SC and instructed by Clayton Utz)

Mattiske v Victorian Building Authority [2019] VCAT 1620 - Merits review of disciplinary decision (instructed by the Victorian Building Authority)

Doyle v CEO of Melbourne City Council [2018] VSC - Application for declaratory relief and injunction - Settled prior to trial (led by R M Doyle SC and later J D Pizer QC, with K Evans - instructed by Minter Ellison)

Barrett v Munro & Repac [2018] VCC (unreported) - Review of suppression order (led by RBC Wilson and instructed by IBAC)

Secretary, Department of Justice and Community Safety v Berlyn (various matters) [2018] VCAT - FOI reviews - Resolved prior to hearing (instructed by Consumer Affairs Victoria)

Draper v Building Practitioners Board (No.2) [2017] VCAT 1402 - Merits review (instructed by Minter Ellison)

CKI Utilities Development Ltd & Ors v Australian Energy Regulator [2016] FCA 17 - Judicial Review - Energy law (led by P R D Gray QC and instructed by Minter Ellison)

Trevena v Building Practitioners Board [2016] VCAT 1908 - Merits review of disciplinary decision (instructed by the Victorian Building Authority)

STCJ v Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency [2016] AAT (unreported) - Merits review - Stay - Confidentiality (led by T Bradley QC with N de Young - instructed by Minter Ellison)

Xin Yi Dai Inc. v Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority [2015] VCAT (unreported) - Merits review - Stay (led by P R D Gray QC and instructed by in-house counsel)

Tirant v Psychology Board of Australia [2015] VCAT - Merits review of disciplinary decision - Resolved prior to trial (instructed by the VGSO)

Tsamis v Victoria Police [2015] VCAT 1080 - FOI Review (instructed by Victoria Police)

Gondarra v Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs [2014] FCA 16 - Application for specific performance of agreement (led by A L Tokley QC and instructed by Maddocks)

Commercial Law

Whittenbury v Vocation Ltd (on behalf of the Department of Education and Training) [2018] - [2020] FCA - Class action - Discovery - Privilege - Confidentiality (instructed by the VGSO)

McLaren v Morgan & Ors [2018] VCC - Sale of Land - Misleading and deceptive conduct - Negligent misstatement - Misrepresentation - Settled at mediation (instructed by Robertson Hyetts)

Ausurv Operations Pty Ltd v Swanston Joe Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 389 - Statutory demands - Indemnity costs (instructed by McKean Park)

Davey v .au Domain Administration Ltd& Anor [2017] VSC (unreported) - Application for leave to appeal - Summary judgment (instructed by Maddocks)

Spooner & Kassem & Anor v Hassan & Ors [2016] VSC - Fiduciary duty - Constructive trust - Equitable compensation - Settled prior to trial (led by M S Osborne QC and instructed by DLA Piper)

Spooner & Kassem & Anor v Hassan & Ors [2016] VSC - Liquidator's public examinations (instructed by DLA Piper)

Australian Democrats National Inc v .auDA Ltd & Anor [2016] VSC (unreported) - Security for costs - Stay - Proceedings dismissed (instructed by Maddocks)

Australian Democrats National Inc v .auDA Ltd & Anor [2016] VMC (unreported) - Indemnity costs - Costs orders under s 29 of the Civil Procedure Act (instructed by Maddocks)

Re: Australian Vocational Driving Institute Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (on behalf of the Liquidators) [2015] VSC - Liquidator's public examinations (instructed by DLA Piper)

Re Ezyclad Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2014] 98 ACSR 38 - Ex parte application - s 530C warrant (instructed by Saxbys Lawyers)

Alcoa of Aust. Limited & Anor v AGL Loy Yang Marketing Pty Ltd & Ors [2013] VSC - Contractual dispute - Settled prior to trial (led by J H Karkar QC with R J Harris - instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills)

Robinson v Essendon Football Club Ltd [2013] VSC - Employment - Settled prior to trial (led by P D Santamaria QC with J Firkin - instructed by Maddocks)

Telecommunications, Media and Technology

ABC v Victoria Police & Gardiner [2020] VSC 599 - Application under s 464JB of the Crimes Act (instructed by ABC Legal)

Peris v Price [2020] VSC - Defamation - Settled prior to trial (instructed by Henry William Lawyers)

Branch v Papyrus Australian Ltd & Ors [2019] FCA 1879 - Defamation - Summary judgment - Strike out (instructed by Gilchrist Connell)

DPP v Gargasoulas [2018] VSC (unreported) - Application under s 464JB of the Crimes Act (instructed by ABC Legal)

Fenn & Anor v ABC [2018] VSC 449 - Defamation - Hore-Lacy pleading (led by D P Gilbertson QC and instructed by ABC Legal)

Fenn & Anor v ABC [2018] VSCA 166 - Defamation - Strike Out - Appeal (led by Dr M J Collins AM QC and instructed by ABC Legal)

Sesalim v Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd [2018] VSC - Defamation - Settled prior to trial (led by J Ruskin QC and instructed by M+K Lawyers)

Sesalim v Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 264 - Defamation - Contextual Truth - Discovery - Interrogatories (instructed by M+K Lawyers and opposed to GL Schoff QC and MJ Marcus)

Fenn & Anor v ABC [2018] VSC 60 - Defamation - Strike out (led by Dr M J Collins AM QC and instructed by ABC Legal)

DPP v Pell [2017] - [2018] VCC - Production of documents - Journalists' Privilege (instructed by ABC Legal and opposed to R Richter QC and R Shann)

Fenn & Anor v ABC [2017] VSC 486 -Defamation - Strike out (instructed by ABC Legal)

Sisalem v Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] VSC 254 - Application for leave to appeal - Leave refused (instructed by in-house counsel)

Sisalem v Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] VCAT 1197 - Religious vilification - Application dismissed (instructed by in-house counsel)

Madafferi v The Age & Ors (No.2) [2016] VSC 103 - Defamation - Suppression orders (led by Dr M J Collins AM QC and instructed by Minter Ellison)

Madafferi v The Age & Ors (No.1) (2015) 50 VR 492 - Defamation - Application to reveal confidential sources - Journalists' Privilege (led by Dr M J Collins AM QC and instructed by Minter Ellison)

CDPP v Brady & Ors (on behalf of Fairfax & News Corp) (2015) 252 A Crim R 50 - Review of suppression order (instructed by Minter Ellison and in house counsel - opposed to S P Donaghue QC and J Forsaith)

Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd v Jones & Anor [2015] VCC - Variation of Suppression Order (instructed by M+K Lawyers and opposed to D Grace QC and R Avis)

ABC and DHS & Ors [2014] VChC 1- Application under s534 Children Youth and Families Act (opposed to R Niall QC with R Kune and Ors - instructed by ABC Legal)

Planning, Environment and Local Government

Brighton Foreshore Association Inc v Bayside City Council & Ors [2021] VSCA 284 - Application for leave to appeal - Planning - Statutory interpretation (led by CJ Horan QC and instructed by Maddocks)

Brighton Foreshore Association Inc v Bayside City Council & Ors [2021] VSC 26 - s148 Appeal from VCAT - Planning - Statutory interpretation (led by S R Morris QC and instructed by Maddocks)

Wertheimer & Ors v Bayside City Council [2019] VCAT 1689 - Merits Review - Planning (led by S M Brennan SC and instructed by Maddocks)

Bayside City Council v Sec'y Department of Premier and Cabinet [2018] VCAT - Merits review - Cultural heritage - Resolved prior to hearing (led by S M Brennan SC and instructed by Maddocks)

Hume C205 (PSA) (on behalf of Satterley Property Group Pty Ltd) [2018] PPV 25 - Planning panel (led by PX Connor QC and instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright)

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council v Dawson & Dawson [2018] VMC (unreported) - Prosecution - Penalties - Costs (instructed by in-house counsel)

Zakula & Ors v South Gippsland Shire Council [2017] VSC - Judicial review - Nuisance - Public Health & Wellbeing Act (Settled prior to trial - instructed by Maddocks)

Denmark Street Holdings Pty Ltd v City of Boroondara & Anor [2017] VCAT 1049 - Merits review - Planning (led by A J Finanzio SC and instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright)

Wertheimer & Ors v Bayside City Council [2017] VCAT 726 - Preliminary question of law - Jurisdiction - Declaratory relief (instructed by Maddocks and opposed to R C Gillard QC, CJ Wren QC & Ors)

Sokol & Anor. v Mornington Peninsula Shire Council [2016] VCC (unreported) - Appeal - Penalties - Costs (instructed by Maddocks)

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council v Sokol & Anor. [2015] VMC (unreported) - Prosecution - Penalties - Costs (instructed by Maddocks)

Ingram v McLennan & Associates Pty Ltd [2014] VCAT 412 - Costs (instructed by Indemnity Legal)

Ingram v David McLennan & Associates Pty Ltd & Ors [2014] VCAT 133 - Strike out (instructed by Indemnity Legal)

Memberships

Advisory Committee for the Centre for Media and Communications Law at the University of Melbourne

Media Law Section of the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria

County Court Defamation List Users Group