Areas of Practice
- Contract Law
- Medical Negligence
- Personal Injury
- Professional Negligence
- Sports Law
Paul is a dual-qualified lawyer, working as a barrister at the Victorian Bar, and also admitted as an Attorney of the New York State Bar.
He came to the Victorian Bar, having obtained several years of experience as a solicitor in Melbourne.
He maintains a busy trial (juries, causes and appeals) and paperwork practice in various areas, in particular common law (tort, personal injury, insurance
and contractual disputes), sports law, and international commercial arbitrations.
His experience is enhanced by his academic experience in writing, researching and teaching in the areas of Torts and Sports Law at 3 of the world's top
ranked law schools.
Some of Paul's recent cases and experience include the following:
Torts / Personal Injury / Insurance:
- Jankulovska v Hayman & Ors  VSC 752 (led
by J M Forbes QC);
- VWA v O'Briens (No 1)  VSC 39 (led by E W Alstergren
- VWA v O'Briens (No 2)  VSC 68 (led by E W Alstergren QC);
- Penn v Allied Express Couriers  VCC 1956 (led
by A D B Ingram);
- Tezeli v VWA  VCC 1068 (led by J M Forbes QC)
- McLarty v Healthscope Operations  VCC 501 (led by J M Forbes QC);
- Rukic v The Valley Private Hospital  VCC 1483 (led by A D B
- Sehic v Toyota Motor Corporation  VCC 40;
- Rakich v Bounce Australia (High Court special leave application with A G Uren QC, settled);
- Riska v Cabrini Health (led by E W Alstergren QC);
- Blunt v Svitzer Towage (led by M Ruddle);
- Novak v Yarra Swim School (led by A D B Ingram);
- Kirby v Pounder (Supreme Court of Victoria, led by J Gorton QC);
- McLennan v Clancy (Supreme Court of Victoria, led by A Magee QC);
- Harrison v Better Projects Australia (led by J M Forbes QC);
- Experience includes Workcover (SI applications, damages trials by cause and jury, compensation disputes, Section 138 recoveries, and Medical Panel
appeals), public liability (including commercial and home occupiers' liability, and Council/Road Management Act liability), product liability,
medical negligence, TAC, intentional torts, Superannuation TPD, income protection and life insurance disputes.
International Commercial Arbitration:
- Experience appearing in the American Arbitration Association (AAA), New York in arbitration proceedings;
- Advising on Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) proceedings.
- Demmler v Harness Racing Victoria  VCAT 600 (led by E Brimer);
- Regularly appear before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Appeals Baord ("RADB") and VCAT in racing disciplinary matters including doping law and
- Accepts briefs in various sport law areas including anti-doping law, match-fixing, disciplinary offences (disrepute, conduct unbecoming), sports IP
and ambush marketing, and athlete privacy and publicity rights;
- Regularly appears as tribunal member for sporting organisations;
- Former Board Member of BMX Victoria;
- Member, AFL Players' Association's arbitration panel.
- Master of Laws, University of Melbourne;
- Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), Monash University;
- Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Paul worked as a solicitor at Wisewould Mahony, Moray & Agnew and Nowicki Carbone.
Over the years, he has acted for injured plaintiffs, insurance companies, insured and uninsured defendants, the Victorian Workcover Authority and self-insurers,
local councils, and the State of Victoria.
- Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (teaching "Sports Law"
in January 2018);
- Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne, Law Faculty (co-teaching "Sports Marketing and Media Law"
with Ms Sally McCausland, next offered in September 2018);
- Senior Fellow, Monash University, Law Faculty (teaches "Current Issues in Sports Law"
- (upcoming) "Sport Law and Ambush Marketing: Review and Law Reform", NUS EW Barker
Centre for Law and Business (Singapore), 14 August 2018
- "Outer Limits of Vicarious Liability and Agency in Tort", Legalwise Seminar, 28 March 2017;
- "Athlete Privacy and Publicity Rights" (co-presented with Professor Geoffrey Scott), Monash University, Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies,
Visiting Professor Seminar Series, on 5 August 2015;
- Ruling of the Munich Appeals Court, Germany in Claudia Pechstein v International Skating Union, ANZSLA event, 13 May 2015.
- "Ambush Marketing" in Sports under Singapore Law,
Singapore Law Gazette, July 2017, Pages 22-27;
- “When Ambush Marketers smile at me, I go to Rio”: Protected uses of Olympic Insignia,
Victorian Bar CommBar Matters newsletter, 24 August 2016 (co-authored with E Nikou);
- Validity of International Sports Arbitration Awards rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport,
Victorian Bar CommBar Matters newsletter, 28 May 2015;
- FIFA Transfer Rules and Unilateral Termination without “Just Cause”,
2 Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (2013);
- The World Anti-Doping Code, The Athlete’s Duty of ‘Utmost Caution’ and the Elimination of Cheating,
(2012) 23 Marquette Sports Law Review 45;
- Athlete Privacy Rights and Endorsement Contracts, (2012) 11 Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal 460;
- The AFL, Joint Venture Defence and Single Economic Entity Theory (2012) 20 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 149;
- The Right of Publicity in New York and California: A Critical Analysis (2012) 19 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal 481;
- Disrepute the catch in case against Essendon,
The Australian 23 August 2013;
- Sports Lawyer Paul Czarnota outlines how the AFL can prove charges against Essendon, Herald Sun, 20 August 2013;
- NSW Court of Appeal keeps a tight Rein over part time work (co-authored
with G Davies);
- Finch prevails over Telstra Super in the High Court’ (co-authored with G Davies).
Paul was awarded a Red Silk's Bag by E W Alstergren QC (now Chief Judge, Federal Circuit Court) for outstanding work in Riska v Cabrini Health
From 01 May 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.
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