HAYES QC, Paul James

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HAYES QC, Paul James

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial
  • Defamation
  • Equity/Equitable Relief/Trusts
  • Insurance
  • International/ Conflicts of Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Sports Law
  • Trade Practices

Commenced practice as a Barrister at the Sydney Bar in 1990 (read with Bernard Coles QC, University Chambers), before relocating to the Melbourne Bar in 1997.

Advises and appears in cases at interlocutory, trial and appellate levels, (commercial & equity litigation, international law & arbitration, large scale/complex litigation, common law litigation and sporting disputes), conducted in multiple jurisdictions, but primarily in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Lausanne. Also appears in jury cases, particularly in civil matters and especially in the field of defamation.

Appointed a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Law) in 2010 and lectures in the subject ‘Sports Dispute Resolution’. Recognised internationally in Who's Who Legal (2016, 2017 editions) as a leading lawyer in the specialty of sports law.

Holds degrees from the Queensland University of Technology (LLB) and the University of Cambridge (MSt). Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, practised as a Lawyer (1986 to 1990) at: Power & Power, Brisbane; Allen Allen & Hemsley (Allens), Sydney; and Baker & McKenzie, Sydney.

Chambers located in Melbourne (Owen Dixon Chambers West, Level 9 - Dever's List) and London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (39 Essex Chambers).


From 01 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.



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