Rudi Kruse Portrait

Rudi Kruse

Bar roll 2016 Admitted 2011
  • Commercial Law Public Law
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Rudi Kruse practises in public and commercial law

Before coming to the Bar, Rudi was an associate to the Hon Justice Hayne AC at the High Court of Australia, an associate to the Hon Justice McLeish at the Victorian Court of Appeal and was the Researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria (then Stephen McLeish SC).  Rudi previously worked as a solicitor in commercial disputes at Minter Ellison.

Rudi is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where he received a number of academic prizes and scholarships and was an editor of the Melbourne University Law Review.

Rudi is a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports.  He read with Michael Borsky QC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 23 Room 16

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Real Property
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Privacy
  • White Collar Crime



Juris Doctor (Melb)

Bachelor of Science (Syd)

Bachelor of Arts (Syd)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Commercial law

Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd v Collins [2016] VSC 776 – Supreme Court of Victoria – breach of trust, representative proceedings, failed managed investment scheme (led by Don Farrands)

McCrohan Super Investments v Ashdown  [2018] VSC 422 – Supreme Court of Victoria – misleading or deceptive conduct (led by Bernard Quinn QC)

Towers Watson Superannuation Pty Ltd v IBM Superlife Services Pty Ltd – Federal Court – negligence, misleading or deceptive conduct, diverted superannuation benefits (led by Michael Borsky QC) (settled)

Rossignoli v Rossignoli – Supreme Court of Victoria – discretionary trusts (led by Don Farrands) (settled)

Advices to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission about market manipulation, unfair practices and other regulatory issues (led by Christopher Winneke QC; Michael Borsky QC; unled)

Advices on various commercial law issues (led by Michael Borsky QC; Jonathon Moore QC; Norman O'Bryan QC; unled)

Public law

Northern Land Council v Quall – High Court – judicial review, native title (led by Sturt Glacken QC) 

Friday v Northern Territory – Federal Court – judicial review, native title (led by Sturt Glacken QC) 

Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd v South Gippsland Shire Council – Supreme Court of Victoria – judicial review, nuisance (led by Jason Pizer QC)

Marika v Northern Land Council – Federal Court – judicial review, Aboriginal land rights (led by Sturt Glacken QC) (settled)

Gumurdul v Northern Land Council; Gunbalanya Sports and Social Club Inc v Northern Land Council – Federal Court – judicial review, Aboriginal land rights (led by Sturt Glacken QC) (settled)

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation v Northern Land Council – Federal Court – proceedings concerning the Rio Tinto Alcan Gove Mining Agreement (led by Sturt Glacken QC, with Sam Hay) (settled)

XYZ v State of Victoria – Supreme Court of Victoria – negligence, statutory duties, release of private information (led by Rowena Orr QC, with Olaf Ciolek) (settled)

Efron v Victorian Legal Services Commissioner – Supreme Court of Victoria – judicial review (led by Jason Pizer QC) (settled)

Advices on constitutional law, administrative law, judicial review, statutory construction and other public law issues (led by Kristen Walker QC, Solicitor-General for Victoria; Richard Niall QC, then Solicitor-General for Victoria; Peter Hanks QC; Neil Clelland QC; Sturt Glacken QC; Jason Pizer QC; unled)


Commercial Bar Association

Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Migration Law Bar Association