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Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Defamation, Media and Entertainment
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sports Law
  • Torts
  • Trade Practices


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 4 years (2014-17) 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 he was also ranked by Doyle's Guide as one of Victoria's leading junior counsel in the area of Technology, Media and Communications.

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.

Sandip has acted extensively in professional indemnity, public liability and product liability disputes, and has advised government agencies such as WorkSafe and the Department of Primary Industries on commercial and regulatory matters.

He 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, the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, Racing Victoria Ltd and TOTE Tasmania Pty 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; acting for licensed horse trainers Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh in the long running 'Cobalt' prosecutions; appearing for F1 driver Lewis Hamilton in relation to driving offences; acting for Rugby League player Greg Inglis in relation to assault charges.

Sandip is a member of the National Product Liability Association, the Common Law Bar Association, and the Melbourne Press Club. He is also a reporter for the Victorian Reports and edits the Defamation chapter of The Law Handbook.

Reported appearances include:

Wilson v Bauer Media (Ruling No 6) [2017] VSC 356 (27 July 2017) (Defamation Trial - led by Georgina Schoff QC)

REA Group Limited v Fairfax Media Limited [2017] FCA 91 (13 February 2017) (Misleading and deceptive conduct - led by Tim McEvoy SC)

TrinityP3 Pty Ltd v WIP Consulting Pty Ltd [2016] VSC 735 (2 December 2016) (Breach of contract, breach of confidence, restraint of trade)

Racing Victoria Limited v Riley [2016] VSCA 230 (21 September 2016); Riley v Racing Victoria Ltd [2015] VSC 527 (1 October 2015) (Disciplinary Appeal - led by Patrick Tehan QC)

Barrow v Bolt & Anor [2015] VSCA 107 (21 May 2015) (Defamation Appeal - led by Matt Collins QC)

Barrow v Bolt & Anor [2014] VSC 599 (2 December 2014) (Defamation Trial - led by Matt Collins QC)

Fidge v Councillor Conduct Panel (Review and Regulation) [2014] VCAT 1477 (2 December 2014) (Disciplinary prosecution / Constitutional Law)

TPI Enterprises Ltd v Poppy Growers Tasmania Inc [2014] VSC 518 (24 October 2014) (Defamation, Misleading and Deceptive Conduct - led by Matt Collins QC)

Deitrich v Pulse Pharmacy Northcote Pty Ltd [2014] VSC 307 (7 August 2014) (Medical Panel Judicial Review - led by Robin Gorton QC)

Applebee v Monash CC (Review and Regulation) [2014] VCAT 257 (26 March 2014) (Statutory interpretation)

Barrow v Bolt & Anor (Ruling No 3) [2014] VSC 16 (7 February 2014) (Defamation)

Office of the Premier v Herald and Weekly Times [2013] VSCA 79 (12 April 2013) (Freedom of information Appeal - led by Matt Collins QC)

Nikolic v Racing Victoria Limited (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2012] VCAT 1954 (21 December 2012) (Disciplinary prosecution - led by Philip Dunn QC)

Crisp v Fairfax Media Ltd & Ors [2012] VSC 615 (19 December 2012) (Defamation Injunction Application - led by Matt Collins QC)

Norman South Pty Ltd & Anor v da Silva [2012] VSC 477 (18 October 2012) (Breach of Confidence Trial - led by Georgina Schoff QC)

DPP v Lawson & Ors (Ruling No. 2) [2012] VSC 469 (11 October 2012) (Suppression order)

R v Benbrika & Ors (Ruling No 32) [2008] VSC 485 (26 August 2008) (Suppression order)

R v Benbrika & Ors (Ruling No 13) [2007] VSC 543 (13 December 2007) (Suppression order)


From 03 May 2012, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.


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