Huw Watkins

ADMITTED  2010    BAR  2019
CHAMBERS  Castan Chambers 1515

CLERK CONTACT  03 9225 7999
PHONE  9225 7999
MOBILE  0450 499 522

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Huw Watkins, BA(Hons); LL.B (Hons); FCIArb; FACICA


  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration Mediation ADR
  • Arbitrators
  • Arbitrators International
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Building and Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Competition Law
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Foreign Investment
  • Franchising
  • Guarantees
  • Human Rights
  • Insurance
  • International / Conflicts of Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Local Government
  • Magistrates Court
  • Partnerships
  • Product Liability
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Securities
  • Trade Practices




Huw has substantial experience with international and domestic commercial disputes. His practice at the bar incorporates general corporate and commercial law, insolvency, building and construction and international/domestic arbitration matters. He appears in all jurisdictions in Australia and in domestic and international arbitrations.

Commercial Disputes

Huw acts in all areas of commercial law. He has recently been briefed in:

  • Shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes.
  • Shareholder oppression and directors’ duties matters.
  • Australian Consumer Law and Franchising Code Claims.
  • Challenges to preliminary discovery in respect of foreign entities.

Commercial Arbitration

Huw is a fellow of ACICA and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is listed as an arbitrator across the Asia Pacific region. He teaches International Dispute Resolution at Keio University (LLM program).

Huw is also a member of the Vicbar International Arbitration Committee and the International Committee of the Australian Bar Association. He is involved with efforts to improve the uptake and education in respect of arbitration throughout Victoria through Arbitration Victoria (a new low cost arbitration scheme).

Huw has recently been involved in:

  • A major project-related arbitration involving the Ichthys project.
  • ACICA arbitration for the successful respondent in defending claims of frustration and force majeure related to an arbitration.frustration and force majeure related to an arbitration.
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in an expedited arbitration relating to a postacquisition dispute.

Huw is recognised by Doyle’s Guide in 2022 and 2023 as a leading Junior Counsel in International Arbitration in Australia.

Huw speaks fluent Japanese and often runs matters with issues relating to foreign language evidence.