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Full Name: Mr Michael Wyles QC
Email: michaeldwyles@mac.com
Phone: +61 3 9225 8868
Secretary: +61 3 9225 8495
Chambers: Aickin Chambers
Room: 2907
Date of Admission: 30 Mar 1987
Called to the Bar: 31 May 1990
Appointed Silk: 24 Nov 2009
Qualifications: BA/LLB
Previous Occupation: Articles - Gillotts (now Minter Ellison) 1986-87. Solicitor - Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, 1987-90.

Profile

For more than 26 years I have appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia (throughout Australia), and from time to time in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory. I have also run commercial arbitrations and appeared on a number of occasions in the High Court of Australia.

Most recently I appeared for the successful respondents in the landmark decision in Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd (in liq’n) v Collins [2016] HCA 44.

I am among the most experienced advocates at the Victorian and New South Wales Bars, both at trial and appellate level. This has given me broad exposure to all manner of commercial enterprise and a mastery of those areas of the law fundamental to commerce; tax, contracts, trusts, equity, corporate law and trade practices. This mastery is recognised by my peers who have selected me for entry in “Best Lawyers Australia” since 2014.

Clients seek me out for opinions, not only when they are dragged in to litigation, but critically well before litigation is on the horizon. When clients want to know what a judge is likely to decide they seek my opinion. And having spent so much time assisting judges at trial and on appeal, I am more than expert in advising clients as to the most likely outcome which the law will dictate.

I have been involved in providing advice across a broad spectrum of areas including more arcane matters of tax (such as the principle of mutuality), corporations law and trade practices. I was the architect of Cadbury’s very successful claim against Amcor for the loss caused to the packaging cartel with Visy, Australia’s first private damages claim for cartel conduct.

If you would like to retain me to assist you or your company telephone my assistant, Ms Rylie Faulkner on 9225 8495.

Reported Decisions

Playcorp Pty Ltd v. Shaw & Ors (1993) 10 ACSR 212;

Netet Pty Ltd v. Mott (1994) 13 ACSR 586;

Rialto Pty Ltd v. Handbags International [1994] ANZ Conv R 87;

J & B Records v. Brashs Pty Ltd (vol admin apptd) (1994) 13 ACSR 680;

J & B Records v. Brashs (1994) 15 ACSR 702;

Triangle Corporation v. Carnsew (1994) 29 IPR 69;

Re Brashs Holdings (1994) 13 ACSR 793;

Re Brashs Pty Ltd (1994) 15 ACSR 477;

J & B Records Pty Ltd v. Brashs Pty Ltd (1995) 36 NSWLR 172.

Krakowski v. Trenorth Ltd (1996) Aust Torts Reports 81-401; (1996) V ConvR 54-551;

Hudson Conway Ltd v. Colliers Jardine (Vic) Pty Ltd [1996] ANZ ConvR 523;

Brashs Holdings v. Katile [1996] 1 VR 24;

Farrow Finance Co Ltd (in liq) v. ANZ Executors and Trustee Co Ltd and Others (1997) 23 ACSR 521

Koumaros v. Perpetual Trustees Australia Ltd (1998) V ConvR 54-577;

Beatty v. Brashs Pty Ltd [1998] 2 VR 201;

Farrow Finance Company Ltd (in liq) v. ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Ltd [1998] 1 VR 50;

ST (2) Pty Ltd v. Lockwood (1998) 27 ACSR 667;

Southern Cross Petroleum Sales (SA) (in liq) v. Hirsch (1998) 70 SASR 527;

Leibler v. Air New Zealand [1998] 2 VR 525;

Leibler v. Air New Zealand (No. 2) [1999] 1 VR 1;

Rexlynne Nominees v. Last Frontier Picture Co (1999) 46 IPR 368;

Panasales Clearance Centre Pty Ltd v. J B Hi Fi Brighton Pty Ltd (1999) ASAL 55-030

Mallesons Stephen Jaques v. Trenorth Ltd [1999] 1 VR 727;

Re an Arbitration; Apriaden Pty Ltd v Seacrest Pty Ltd and Another (1999) V ConvR 54-598

Arthur Young v. Brunswick NL [1999] 1 VR 387;

Ampelite v. Alsynite (2000) 49 IPR 271;

AMIEU v. Peerless Holdings (2000) 103 FCR 577;

Tarkington Pty Ltd v. Kingrake Pty Ltd [2001] ANZ ConvR 555

Harrison v. Lewis (2001) 19 ACLC 566;

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission v. Simply No-Knead (Franchising) Pty Ltd (2001) ATPR 41-744

Pacific Dunlop Ltd v. Swinbank (2001) 11 ANZ Ins Cas 61-496;

Ali v. Hartley Poynton Ltd (2002) 20 ACLC 1006;

ASIC v. Plymin & Ors (2002) 4 VR 168;

ASIC v. Plymin & Ors (No. 2) (2002) 42 ACSR 662;

ASIC v. Plymin & Ors (No. 3) (2002) 42 ACSR 670;

ASIC v. Plymin & Ors (2003) 46 ACSR 126;

Re Centaur Mining & Exploration Pty Ltd (in liq) (2003) 48 ACSR 1;

Gribbles Pathology (Vic) Pty Ltd v. Shandford Investments Pty Ltd (2004) 51 ACSR 578;

Gunns Forest Products Ltd v. North Insurances (2004) 13 ANZ Ins Cas 61-606;

IMCA v. Pyle (2004) 20 BCL 293;

New Zealand Pelt Export Co Ltd v. Trade Indemnity New Zealand Ltd (2004) 13 ANZ Ins Cas 61-626;

Seven Network (Operations) Ltd v. MEAA (2004) 148 FCR 145;

Dwyer v. La Gender Pty Ltd (2005) 240 LSJS 308;

Hartley Poynton Ltd v. Ali (2005) 11 VR 568;

Beck v. Spalla (2005) 223 ALR 21;

Lion Nathan Australia Pty Ltd v. Coopers Brewery Ltd (2005) 55 ACSR 610;

QPSX Limited v. Ericsson Australia Ltd (No. 3) (2005) 66 IPR 277;

Lion Nathan Australia Pty Ltd v. Coopers Brewery Ltd) and others (2006) 56 ACSR 263;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (No. 4) (2006) 69 IPR 23;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (No. 3) (2006) 229 ALR 179;

Cadbury v. Darrell Lea (2006) 228 ALR 719;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (No. 5) (2006) 69 IPR 273;

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v. SZCWF & Anor (2007) 244 ALR 291;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd) v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (No 2) (2007) ATPR 42-175

On Q Group Ltd v. McDougall (2007) 25 ACLC 910;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (2007) 159 FCR 397;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea (No. 8) (2008) 75 IPR 557;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty v. Amcor Ltd  (2008) ATPR 42-224

Irving v. Smith (2008) 68 ACSR 14;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Amcor Limited (2008) ATPR 42-224;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd  v Amcor Ltd  and others (2008) 246 ALR 137;

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd) and Others (2009) 174 FCR 547;

Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd v. Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops Pty Ltd (2009) 174 FCR 547

Comcare v. John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (2009) 185 IR 191;

John Holland Pty Ltd v. Comcare (2009) 260 ALR 106;

Talacko and Others v. Talacko (2010) 183 FCR 311;

John Holland Group Pty Ltd v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union (2010) 198 IR 439;

Acconci and Others v Alpha Technologies Corporation Ltd (ACN 006 613 636) (in liq) and Others (2010) 79 ACSR 505;

Comcare v John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (ABN 61 009 252 653) and Another (2010) 189 FCR 173;

Comcare v. John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (2010) 272 ALR 532;

Comcare v John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (ABN 61 009 252 653) and Another (No 3) (2011) 119 ALD 565;

John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (ABN 61 009 252 653) and Another v Comcare (2011) 276 ALR 221;

Hanks v Admiralty Resources NL (2011) 85 ACSR 101;

La Trobe Capital and Mortgage Corporation Ltd v. Hay Property Consultants Pty Ltd (2011) 190 FCR 299;

Comcare v John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (No 4) (2011) 210 IR 65;

Comcare v John Holland Rail Pty Ltd (No 5) (2011) 283 ALR 111;

John Holland Group Pty Ltd v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and Others (2011) 34 VR 635;

Saric v Tehan (2011) 33 VR 632;

Arhanghelschi and Another v Ussher and Others (2013) 94 ACSR 86;

Chan v Four C Reality Pty Ltd (ACN 130 269 909) (in liq) and Others (No 2) (2014) 95 ACSR 666;

Macarthur Cook Real Estate Funds Ltd v APN Funds Management Ltd (2013) 9 ASTLR 409;

Discovery Africa Ltd v Sunbreaker Holdings Pty Ltd and Others (2014) 98 ACSR 328;

Telstra Corporation Ltd v Phone Directories Co Pty Ltd (2014) 316 ALR 590;

Murphy v Victoria and Another (2014) 313 ALR 546;

Zwanenberg Australia Pty Ltd v Moira Mac’s Poultry and Fine Foods Pty Ltd (No 2) (2014) FCA 1401;

Nguyen v Phan [2015] VSC 32;

Whirlpool (Australia) Pty Ltd v Castel Electronics Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 906;

Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd v Collins [2015] VSC 461;

Nguyen v Phan [2015] VSC 634;

Good to Go Loans Pty Ltd v Australian Securities and Investment Commission [2015] FCA 1350;

United Petroleum Pty Ltd v Pentaco Oil (Aust) Pty Ltd (No 2) [2016] FCA 221;

Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd v Collins [2016] VSCA 128.

 

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Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • Property & Probate
  • Superannuation

Common Law

  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Workers Compensation

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Defamation

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Mining
  • Planning Offences

Equity & Trusts

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Industrial Disputes
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Constitutional Law
  • Customs
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Human Rights Law
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
  • Social Security

Tax Law & Revenue Law

Technology Law & Media Law

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

  • (Member) Clerking Committee
From 4 Jun 2009, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


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