CZARNOTA, Paul

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CZARNOTA, Paul


Areas of Practice

  • Contract Law
  • Defamation
  • Insurance
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sports Law
  • Workcover
 

 

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.

Experience

Some of Paul's recent cases and experience include the following:

Torts / Personal Injury / Insurance:

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.

Sports Law:

  • Demmler v Harness Racing Victoria [2017] 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 race-fixing;
  • 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.

Education

  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne;
  • Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), Monash University;
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University.

Prior Experience

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.

University Appointments

  • 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" annually).

Presentations

  • (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.

Publications

Awards

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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