Full Name: Mr William E M Lye OAM QC
Phone: +61 3 9225 8427
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1823
Date of Admission: 4 Nov 1987
Called to the Bar: 26 May 1988
Appointed Silk: 29 Nov 2018
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 12 Jun 2008
Accredited as Mediator: 26 Jul 1995
Qualifications: M Ent Inn (Swinburne), LLM (Monash), LLB, BSc (Computer Sci.), MAICD


William Lye has a Master of Laws (specialising in Intellectual Property), and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

William is admitted to practice in the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland. He can assist clients with their legal or other issues in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.

He is available for international arbitration and mediation (as Counsel, Arbitrator, or Mediator), interlocutory and trial work. 

William is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a board member of the Order of Australia Association Ltd;  Special Sessional Lecturer at Monash University Law Faculty Juris Doctor degree in Contracts Law; Property Law; and Convenor of Monash University's Mooting Competitions. He is an appointed member of foreign arbitrators on the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (

He is also Adjunct Fellow within the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre; Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology; Adjunct Professor of Law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and the Immediate Past National Vice President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.

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Other Languages Spoken

  • Cantonese
  • Hokkien
  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Mandarin

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation


  • Civil Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Asia Practice
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • International Commercial Law
  • Property & Probate
  • Sports

Common Law

  • Class Actions

Criminal Law

  • Confiscation of Assets

Equity & Trusts

  • Family Provision
  • Real Property

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions

International Law

  • Choice of Law / Jurisdiction
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Private International Law

Technology Law & Media Law

  • Information Technical (IT) & Computing

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia

Committee Memberships

  • (Chair) Asia Practice
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