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Leigh Howard

Bar roll 2016 Admitted 2011
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Public Law
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Leigh Howard practises in industrial relations and public law

Leigh has previously litigated in Federal and State courts and tribunals at all levels.  He has extensive experience in collective industrial disputes, judicial review, regulatory enforcement and litigation, breach of contract, the Australian Consumer Law, disciplinary disputes, discrimination and human rights.  He has acted for both private and public sector clients across a broad range of industries.   

Prior to coming to the Bar, Leigh was a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz and a Judge’s Associate.  He is the co-editor of the Contract chapter of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, and has published widely on a variety of topics.  In 2016, Leigh was noted as a ‘Rising Star’ in the areas of employment and safety in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession. 

Leigh is reading with Albert Dinelli and his senior mentor is Paul O'Grady QC.

To view Leigh's full CV - please click here.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers East
Level 12 Room 23

205 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Public Sector Appeals
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Statutory Employment Rights
  • Work Health & Safety
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition Law
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of International Relations

Advanced Diploma in Japanese 



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Industrial and Employment

Re Commonwealth of Australia[2017] FWCFB (industrial action related workplace determination, led by P O’Grady QC and S Meehan)

Regional Express Holdings Ltd v Australian Federation of Air Pilots [2017] HCASL (adverse action, standing under s 540, statutory construction, led by M Follett)

Re Minister for Industrial Relations for the State of Victoria [2016] FWC 8826 (s 424 termination, led by F Parry QC for Esso Australia Pty Ltd)

Wats v Infosys Technologies Limited [2017] FCC (adverse action, existence of workplace right, bilateral treaty preventing double-superannuation coverage, led by P O’Grady QC)

Bluzer v Monash University[2017] FWC (unfair dismissal, serious misconduct, Briginshaw standard)

Public Law and Regulatory

MZHAK v MIBP [2017] FCAFC (natural justice, requirements of Pt 7, Div 4 of the Migration Act, led by A Dinelli (pro bono))

WorkSafe v Stable Engineering Pty Ltd [2017] MCV (s 21 general duty contraventions, plea in mitigation, Frewstal approach to sentence)

Re a University (advice, application of Carltona principle to University office holders, technology assisted decision-making, led by A Dinelli) 

Perera & Anor v Myer Warehouse Solutions Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] VCAT (race, age and industrial activity discrimination)

Gary v Summa Auto Parts Pty Ltd [2017] VCAT (disability discrimination, victimisation (pro bono))

For information about Leigh’s involvement in matters whilst he was a solicitor, see his CV.



Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

Member of the Board of Directors of List G Barristers