Richard Knowles Portrait

Richard Knowles QC

Bar roll 2004 Silk 2019
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Richard Knowles QC practises predominantly in administrative law and commercial law litigation

Richard is regularly briefed by Commonwealth and State government agencies. Richard has appeared in the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court, the County Court of Victoria, the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Richard was a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Clayton Utz. In this role his core practice areas were administrative law and commercial law litigation and advice work. Richard's administrative law practice included merits review and judicial review proceedings for Commonwealth government clients. His commercial experience while Senior Associate ranged from contractual disputes to insolvency proceedings and corporate regulatory matters. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 14 Room 3

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Sports Law
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Customs Law
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition Law
  • Environment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Planning & Local Government
  • Privacy



Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)



Australian Capital Territory

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia