Sandip has appeared and advised (both led and unled) in a range of common law, media, insurance and administrative law matters, including trials, inquests and appeals. In each of the past 7 years (2014-20) he was recognised by his peers in the AFR's annual 'Best Lawyers' list for his expertise in Defamation and Media Law, including as Melbourne's defamation 'lawyer of the year' in 2017. In 2016 and 2020 he was ranked by Doyle's Guide in the area of Technology, Media and Communications and in 2020 was also ranked in the area of professional indemnity insurance.
He has extensive advocacy experience both on behalf of and against the press in defamation, breach of confidence, freedom of information and contempt of court matters, as well as in applications for non-publication orders in criminal and civil cases - where he is usually opposed to senior counsel. He has a sound knowledge of both civil and criminal procedure. He is currently one of two junior counsel briefed by over 30 media-respondents in a contempt of court prosecution brought by the DPP in relation to publicity which attended the jury verdict (since overturned on appeal) against Cardinal George Pell.
Between January 2019 and November 2020, Sandip was one of the counsel assisting the Victorian Royal Commission into the Managament of Police Informants, where he was briefed to advise and appear on questions concerning suppression orders, public interest immunity and privilege claims. In that capacity he appeared on behalf of the Commission on numerous occasions in the High Court and Victorian Court of Appeal.
Sandip also has specific expertise in relation to the Australian sports, racing and wagering industries, where he has advised or appeared for the Australian Football League and Racing Victoria Ltd in relation to commercial, regulatory and disciplinary matters. Notable cases include: acting for the Racing Stewards in the prosecution of jockey Danny Nikolic; acting for the AFL in the prosecution of Adelaide Football Club and others; acting for Mark 'Bomber' Thompson in the Essendon Football Club supplements prosecution; and acting for licensed horse trainers Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh in the long running 'Cobalt' prosecutions.
Sandip is a member of the Common Law Bar Association and the Melbourne Press Club. He is also a reporter for the Victorian Reports and formerly edited the Defamation chapter of The Law Handbook.
Reported appearances include:
Morris v St Vincent's Health Australia Ltd & Anor  VSC 690 (21 October 2020) (Defamation - led by Will Houghton QC)
Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd & Ors v Wagner & Ors  QCA 221 (13 October 2020) (Defamation appeal - led by Sandy Dawson SC)
Lum v Kay & Burton (Brighton)  VMC 19 (27 August 2020) (Access to court documents)
Gatto v Australian Broadcasting Corporation & Ors (No 1)  VSC 420 (10 July 2020) (Defamation - application for trial by jury - led by Matt Collins QC)
Chairperson of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants v DPP  VSCA 184 (8 July 2020) (Application to vary suppression orders - led by Penelope Neskovcin QC)
AB v CD & EF  VSCA 28 (21 February 2019) (Suppression Order - led by Penelope Neskovcin QC)
Nikolic v Nationwide News Pty Ltd  VSC 98 (9 April 2020) (Defamation / Injurious Falsehood - summary judgment application)
Nikolic v Twitter & Ors  VSC 101 (9 April 2020) (Defamation - summary judgment application)
Khan v The Age Company Pty Ltd & Ors  VSC 839 (6 December 2019) (Defamation - application to set aside judgment)
Macdonnell v State Sport Centres Trust (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 1616 (17 October 2018) (Freedom of Information)
Linard v Wellington Shire Council & Anor  VCC 1205 (20 August 2018) (Private nuisance - trial)
Dinh v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd  VSC 464 (15 August 2018) (Defamation - application to interim injunction)
Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd & Anor  HCATrans 238 (16 November 2018) (Defamation special leave application to High Court - led by David Jackson QC)
Bauer Media Pty Ltd v Wilson (No 2)  VSCA 154 (14 June 2018) (Defamation Appeal - led by Michael Wheelahan QC)
Wilson v Bauer Media (Ruling No 6)  VSC 356 (27 July 2017) (Defamation Trial - led by Georgina Schoff QC)
REA Group Limited v Fairfax Media Limited  FCA 91 (13 February 2017) (Misleading and deceptive conduct - led by Tim McEvoy QC)
TrinityP3 Pty Ltd v WIP Consulting Pty Ltd  VSC 735 (2 December 2016) (Breach of contract, breach of confidence, restraint of trade)
Racing Victoria Limited v Riley  VSCA 230 (21 September 2016); Riley v Racing Victoria Ltd  VSC 527 (1 October 2015) (Disciplinary Appeal - led by Patrick Tehan QC)
Barrow v Bolt & Anor  VSCA 107 (21 May 2015) (Defamation Appeal - led by Matt Collins QC)
Barrow v Bolt & Anor  VSC 599 (2 December 2014) (Defamation Trial - led by Matt Collins QC)
Fidge v Councillor Conduct Panel (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 1477 (2 December 2014) (Disciplinary prosecution / Constitutional Law)
TPI Enterprises Ltd v Poppy Growers Tasmania Inc  VSC 518 (24 October 2014) (Defamation, Misleading and Deceptive Conduct - led by Matt Collins QC)
Deitrich v Pulse Pharmacy Northcote Pty Ltd  VSC 307 (7 August 2014) (Medical Panel Judicial Review - led by Robin Gorton QC)
Applebee v Monash CC (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 257 (26 March 2014) (Statutory interpretation)
Office of the Premier v Herald and Weekly Times  VSCA 79 (12 April 2013) (Freedom of information Appeal - led by Matt Collins QC)
Nikolic v Racing Victoria Limited (Occupational and Business Regulation)  VCAT 1954 (21 December 2012) (Disciplinary prosecution - led by Philip Dunn QC)
Crisp v Fairfax Media Ltd & Ors  VSC 615 (19 December 2012) (Defamation Injunction Application - led by Matt Collins QC)
Norman South Pty Ltd & Anor v da Silva  VSC 477 (18 October 2012) (Breach of Confidence Trial - led by Georgina Schoff QC)
DPP v Lawson & Ors (Ruling No. 2)  VSC 469 (11 October 2012) (Suppression order)
R v Benbrika & Ors (Ruling No 32)  VSC 485 (26 August 2008) (Suppression order)
R v Benbrika & Ors (Ruling No 13)  VSC 543 (13 December 2007) (Suppression order)
From 03 May 2012, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.