Leigh Howard Portrait

Leigh Howard

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

His experience mainly involves collective industrial disputes, judicial review, regulatory litigation, occupational health and safety, the Australian Consumer Law, breach of contract, disciplinary disputes, discrimination and human rights. 

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. 

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

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Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 18 Room 22

460 Lonsdale 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 represented by the Department of Home Affairs [2018] 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] HCA 55 (adverse action, standing under ss 539 - 540, statutory construction, led by M Follett)

Visy v AMWU & Ors [2018] FCA (Unprotected industrial action, s 418 orders, coercion, adverse action (led by J Snaden)

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

Wats v Infosys Technologies Limited Australia [2017] FCCA 866 (adverse action, workplace right, bilateral double-superannuation treaty, led by P O’Grady QC)

Bluzer v Monash University [2017] FWCFB 4032; [2017] FWC 2536 (unfair dismissal, serious misconduct, Briginshaw)

Australian Federation of Air Pilots v Regional Express Holdings Ltd [2017] FWCFB 4182 (private arbitration, interpretation of enterprise agreements)

Public Law and Regulatory

Winters v Fogarty & Ors [2018] FCA (discrimination, abuse of process, estoppel, unconscionability, deeds, accord and satisfaction)

Perera & Anor v Myer Warehouse Solutions Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] VCAT 1267 (race and age discrimination, detriment, causation)

Kaur v MIBP & Anor [2017] FCAFC 184 (Convention on the Rights of the Child, natural justice, illogicality and unreasonableness, pro bono)

MZHAK v MIBP & Anor [2017] FCAFC 87 (natural justice, led by A Dinelli, pro bono)

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



Member of the Board of Directors of List G Barristers

Australian Labour Lawyers Association

Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Australian Institute of Administrative Law