Daryl Williams QC

ADMITTED  1989    BAR  1991

PHONE  9225 8521
MOBILE  0412 379 570

Daryl  Williams, B.COMM, LL.B


  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporations
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Land Valuation
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Probate / Wills / Part IV
  • Professional Negligence

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Daryl Williams QC has an extensive practice in advising, and courts and tribunals throughout Australia, in relation to:

  • Commercial Disputes;
  • Corporate Governance, including shareholders' and creditors' remedies, and directors' duties;
  • Corporate Insolvency and Reconstruction, including acting for and against liquidators, administrators, and receivers;
  • Misleading or Deceptive Conduct in financial and commercial transactions;
  • Professional Negligence, especially in relation to legal practitioners, auditors and valuers; and
  • Appeals.

Daryl is also an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System, and has an active mediation practice focusing on the resolution of substantial commercial disputes.

Recent significant cases in which Daryl has appeared as leading counsel include:

  • Representing the successful appellant in Clodumar v Nauru Lands Committee (2012) 245 CLR 561 (High Court of Australia, on appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru). The appeal concerned the emergence of new evidence, many years after trial:
  • Representing the successful respondent in oOH! Media Roadside v Power Panels [2011] VSCA 116, an appeal concerning the rejection of the appellant's claim that a licence agreement for a prominent billboard in King Street, Melbourne had been frustrated by subsequent building development impeding the viewability of the billboard:
  • Representing two Insolvency Practitioners, the validity of whose appointment by a major bank as Agents of the Mortgagee in Possession to sell various commercial properties, was challenged in the Supreme Court of Victoria: Primebrokers Ltd (In Liquidation)(Receivers and Managers Appointed) v ANZ & Ors (settled November 2011 after 3 weeks of trial before Davies J)
  • Representing a minority shareholder in obtaining leave under s. 237 of the Corporations Law to bring a ‘statutory derivative action', where proceedings had been issued as a matter of urgency, and leave was then sought nunc pro tunc, due to the potential expiry of a limitation period: Re Brighter Directions Pty Ltd [2010] VSC 287 (Supreme Court of Victoria, Davies J)
  • Representing the successful appellant in JGM Nominees v Tulip Investments [2013] VSCA 125, which concerned limits on the extent of a liquidator's right to payment of costs and expenses out of trust assets held by an insolvent corporate trustee:
  • Representing a former director of a trustee company, Australian Property Custodians Holdings Limited, in proceedings brought by the company's Receivers in the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and proceedings brought by ASIC in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging breach of directors' duties concerning that company's management of a substantial Managed Investment Scheme: ASIC v Australian Property Custodian Holdings Limited & Ors [2013] FCA 1342:
  • Representing a director of a one of the world's largest shipping companies in proceedings brought by the company and one of its subsidiaries alleging breaches of the director's duties: CC Containers Pty Ltd v Lee & Ors [2014] VSC 151:

Daryl came to the Bar in 1991 after spending three years (including Articles) working in commercial litigation at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Lawyers) in Melbourne. He took silk in 2010.

Outside the Bar, Daryl is a Board Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and was Chairman of its Human Research Ethics Committee from 2011 to 2014. He is also Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and Chairman of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

From 1st July 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.