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Rowan Minson

QUALIFICATIONS  BA LLB (Hons) (Melb) BCL (Oxon)
ADMITTED  2011    BAR  2018
CHAMBERS  CHY 2508

PHONE  9225 8967
MOBILE  0412 496 557
EMAIL  rowan.minson@vicbar.com.au

Rowan Minson, BA LLB (Hons) (Melb) BCL (Oxon)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration / Migration
  • Insurance
  • International / Conflicts of Law
  • Taxation Law

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Experience

Rowan has a broad practice in public, commercial, common and industrial law.

Before coming to the Bar, Rowan served as Counsel Assisting the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Dr Stephen Donaguhe QC, and as Associate to the Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia. He also practised as a commercial solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons and as a senior solicitor in the constitutional and administrative law team at the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office.

Rowan holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar, and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford, where he studied as an Allan Myers QC Scholar.

Rowan has served as a Fellow of the Melbourne Law School, Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and Associate Editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. He has published work in the Australian Journal of Labour Law and is a member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

Rowan read with Kathleen Foley and his senior mentor is Philip Solomon QC.

Significant cases

Cases in which Rowan has been briefed to appear include:

  • DSN16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2021] FCA 202 (unled, for the successful first respondent)
  • Heiner v Minister for Home Affairs [2021] FCA 212 (unled, for the successful first respondent)
  • Roohizadegan v TechnologyOne Limited (No 2) [2020] FCA 1407; [2020] FCA 1729; [2020] FCA 1734 (with J Tracey, for the successful applicant)
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) v Brookman [2020] VSC 890R (led by N Robinson QC, with A Yuile, for the Crown)
  • DIHAB Pty Ltd v Station Ten Pty Ltd [2020] VBAB 38; [2020] VBAB 64; DIHAB Pty Ltd v Peter Shaw [2020] VBAB 39; [2020] VBAB 69 (unled, for the successful respondent/first interested party)
  • Ranouta v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2019] FCCA 2118; [2020] FCA 235 (unled, for the successful first respondent)
  • Thomas v The University of Melbourne [2019] VCAT 1043; [2019] VCAT 1723; [2020] VCAT 413 (unled, for the successful respondent)
  • Vella v Chief Commissioner of Police (NSW) (2019) 374 ALR 1; [2019] HCA 38 (led by K Walker QC, for the Victorian Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Von Schoeler v Allen Taylor & Co Ltd (t/a Boral Timber) [2019] FCA 941; (2020) 273 FCR 189 (with J Tracey, for the successful appellant)
  • Minogue v Victoria (2019) 372 ALR 623; [2019] HCA 31 (led by C Horan QC, with A Solomon-Bridge, for the plaintiff)
  • DOU16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2019) 272 FCR 358 (unled, for the first respondent)
  • Medical Board of Australia v Leow [2019] VSC 532 (led by P Solomon QC, with S Cash, for the successful respondent)
  • Comptroller-General of Customs v Zappia (2018) 265 CLR16 ; [2018] HCA 54 (led by S Donaghue QC, with D Thomas, for the successful appellant)
  • Commissioner of Taxation v Thomas (2018) 264 CLR 382; [2018] HCA 31 (led by S Donaghue QC, with K Foley, for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Oxanda Childcare Pty Ltd v MAAG Developments Pty Ltd, M118/2018, HCASL (led by J Gleeson SC, with K Foley for the applicant)
  • Fauna and Flora Research Collective Inc v Secretary, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, VSC (Keogh J), judgment reserved (led by P Gray QC, with K Foley, for the plaintiff)


Cases in which Rowan was involved as Counsel Assisting the Commonwealth Solicitor-General include:

  • Zheng v Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police [2019] SASCFC 157 (S Donaghue QC, L Cheeseman SC, D O’Leary for the defendant)
  • Strickland (a psuedonym) v DPP (Cth) (2018) 93 ALJR 1; [2018] HCA 53 (S Donaghue QC, S Maharaj QC, G Hill for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, second respondent)
  • Plaintiff M174/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2018) 264 CLR 217; [2018] HCA 16 (S Donaghue QC, N Wood for the first defendant)
  • Alley v Gillespie (2018) 264 CLR 328; [2018] HCA 11 (S Donaghue QC, C Lenehan, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Re Gallagher (2018) 263 CLR 460; [2018] HCA 17 (S Donaghue QC, P Herzfeld, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Re Kakoschke-Moore (2018) 263 CLR 640; [2018] HCA 10 (S Donaghue QC, Z Maud, M Costello, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Re Canavan (2017) 263 CLR 284; [2017] HCA 45 (S Donaghue QC, P Herzfeld, M Costello, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)