Adrian practises predominately in the area of public law, including administrative law matters and injunction matters (the latter acting for state partners). He also has significant expertise in complex general litigation involving both Government and non-Government entities. He is available to accept briefs in all jurisdictions, for and against Government, or involving wholly private parties.
Since coming to the Bar, Adrian has appeared alone in the Supreme Court, County Court, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Magistrates’ Court, Fair Work Commission, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and VCAT. Adrian has also been briefed as a junior in the Supreme Court. Whilst at the Bar, Adrian has been briefed to provide advice to Government on wide range of governance and statutory interpretation matters. He has also been briefed by a non-Government organisation to negotiate a major commercial agreement with the Western Australian Government.
Before joining the Bar, Adrian worked in Government for over seven years, the last six of which he worked in the public law team at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO). Whilst at the VGSO, Adrian advised on a wide range of matters, including constitutional matters and statutory interpretation which often involved research and consideration of matters as-yet untested by the Courts.
During his time at the VGSO, Adrian was involved in the Kilmore and Murrindindi proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Adrian has also acted for Government in several Royal Commissions and Inquiries, including the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission and the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, as well as a number of Commonwealth Royal Commissions. Adrian instructed in various High Court constitutional interventions.
Adrian has particular expertise in the area of public interest immunity (PII) and parliamentary privilege. He has been involved in litigation in which such claims made by the Government were tested. Adrian has presented whole of Victorian Government seminars on PII and on constitutional law. He also regularly presents seminars for Legalwise on PII and is available to present in-house seminars in this area.
Before joining the VGSO, Adrian undertook articles and worked as a solicitor at Clayton Utz in the Melbourne office.
Adrian has a doctorate in law in the area of sentencing and international criminal law. A copy of Adrian’s full curriculum vitae can be found here.
Adrian is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.
Adrian read with Richard J Harris. His senior mentor is Peter Gray QC.
Re GAD  VSC 515 (1 September 2017) acting for the Attorney-General for Victoria in the Supreme Court of Victoria in a matter involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1977 (Vic).
Re L T B  VSC 282 (26 May 2017) acting for the Attorney-General for Victoria in the Supreme Court of Victoria in a matter involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1977 (Vic).
Animals Australia & Anor v Minister for Agriculture & Ors (S CI 2016 01167) acting for the Government Defendants in an urgent injunction application in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Attorney-General for Victoria v Knight  VSC 488 (30 August 2016) vexatious litigation application in the Supreme Court of Victoria acting on behalf of the Attorney-General against Mr Julian Knight (led by Danny Masel SC).
Baker v Ngarda Civil and Mining Pty Ltd  FWC 3554 (25 May 2015) (jurisdictional objection in the Fair Work Commission — successfully argued that an enterprise agreement still applied to an employee applicant despite evidence of an alleged contract purporting to promote the applicant to “Superintendent” role).
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Admitted to the Legal Profession:
28 Apr 2003
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
30 Apr 2015
BA (Hons) (Melb) LLB (Hons) (Mon) SJD (Mon)