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Areas of practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Public Law & Administrative Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations Law
  • Taxation & Revenue
  • Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
  • Appellate 


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

Significant cases

Cases in which Rowan has appeared include:

  • Comptroller-General of Customs v Zappia HCA No S91/2018, judgment reserved (led by S Donaghue QC, with D Thomas, for the appellant)
  • Commissioner of Taxation v Thomas (2018) 357 ALR 445; [2018] HCA 31 (led by S Donaghue QC, with K Foley, for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)

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

  • Zheng v Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police SASCFC No 357/2018, judgment reserved (S Donaghue QC, L Cheeseman SC, D O’Leary for the defendant)
  • Galloway v DPP (Cth) HCA No M174/2017, judgment reserved (S Donaghue QC, S Maharaj QC, G Hill for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, second respondent)
  • Alley v Gillespie (2018) 353 ALR 1 (S Donaghue QC, C Lenehan, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Re Gallagher (2018) 355 ALR 1 (S Donaghue QC, P Herzfeld, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Re Kakoschke-Moore (2018) 352 ALR 579 (S Donaghue QC, Z Maud, M Costello, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)
  • Re Canavan (2017) 91 ALJR 1209 (S Donaghue QC, P Herzfeld, M Costello, J Watson for the Commonwealth Attorney-General, intervening)

Cases in which Rowan acted as instructing solicitor include:

  • Duncan v Independent Commission Against Corruption [2016] HCASL S182/2016 (B Walker SC, S Free, Z Heger for the respondent)
  • Botany Bay City Council v State of New South Wales [2016] NSWCA 243 (J Kirk SC, J Hutton, M Ellicott for the respondent)
  • Woollahra Municipal Council v Minister for Local Government (2016) 95 NSWLR 620 (N Hutley SC, J Hutton, T O’Brien for the first respondent)
  • People for the Plains Inc v Santos (NSW) Eastern Pty Ltd & Ors [2016] NSWLEC 93 (R Lancaster SC, P Herzfeld for the Secretary, NSW Department of Industry, third respondent)
  • Commissioner of Police, NSW Police Force v Field [2016] NSWCATAP 59 (J Davidson for the appellant)
  • CLT v Department of Education and Communities [2016] NSWCATAD 98 (for the respondent)
  • Herbert v Workers Compensation Commission [2016] NSWCATAD 28 (for the respondent)
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption v Kinghorn (2015) 90 NSWLR 682 (G Watson SC, P Herzfeld for the applicant)
  • McCloy v The Hon Megan Latham [2015] NSWSC 1879 (N Williams SC, B Kremer, D Hume for the NSW Attorney-General, second defendant)
  • Hunter v Minister for Corrective Services [2015] NSWSC 1930 (P Herzfeld for the respondent)
  • Applicant v Microsoft Australia Pty Ltd [2012] FWA 3353 (C O’Grady for the respondent)



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