Full Name: Mr Adam C McLean
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0917A
Date of Admission: 23 Mar 1992
Called to the Bar: 24 May 2002
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 23 Dec 2010
Qualifications: LLB, BSC Hon
Previous Occupation: Solicitor, Zoologist


Adam McLean has over twenty years’ experience practising in the controversial and highly publicised and politicised areas of native title, industrial relations, employment law, and criminal law.

Native title, Industrial relations and employee workplace relations are the focus of his current practice, and he has experience in both defence work and prosecuting in this area. Adam's recent appearances on behalf of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (Vehicle Builders) involve wide-range of employment and industrial law matters and issues; including the 2012 Toyota mass redundancy cases.

Adam's practice covers both civil and criminal jurisdiction.

His court appearances include trials and appeals in the Federal Court and Federal Magistrates' Court; and the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts of Victoria. He has also been briefed to appear in the Coroner's Court.

Other appearances include the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service and as an advocate in tribunal hearings.

An experienced negotiator and mediator, Adam has advised Government agencies in New South Wales and Victoria in relation to native title and land rights claims. He has also represented many native title claimant groups advising in relation to settlement matters.

Adam was admitted to practice in 1991 and signed the Bar Roll in 1999. Significant court matters include appearances in:

  • Applicant v. Toyota Motor Corporation Australia C2012/6 + 45 other matters-Toyota Redundancy matters
  • Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples v. State of Victoria. Federal court number Vid6001/00, VID6006/98, VID6001/99, VID6003/99.
  • Wadi Wadi, Wamba Wamba, Barapa Barapa v. State of Victoria. Federal court number Vid 6005/2000
  • Byron Bay Bundjalung People (Arakwal) v. State of New South Wales (Arakwal). Federal court number NSD 6010/98, NSD 6088/98, NSD 6020/01
  • Tabulam Bundjalung v. State of New South Wales. Federal court numbers NSD 6032/98, NSD6071/98, NSD 6042/98
  • Baryulgil Bundjalung v. State of New South Wales. Federal court number NSD 6027/98
  • Wiradjuri Wellington v. State of New South Wales. Federal court number NSD6001/96. This was the first native title application under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Summary of significant native title and related agreements

Barrister with carriage of:

2013    Dja Dja Wurrung Indigenous Land Use Agreement – native title - Central Victoria. (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010)2010   

Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park - Warrell Creek NSW agreement (pt 4A National Park and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPWA)).

2008    Yuin - Biamanga and Gulaga – Narooma NSW (pt 4A NPWA).

2007    Arakwal, Byron Bay NSW. Indigenous Land Use Agreement (No 2 and 3) Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

2007    Worimi Conservation Lands – Stockton Bight NSW. (pt 4A NPWA).

2005    Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan Mr Grenfell  - Cobar NSW (pt 4A NPWA).

2000    Arakwal, Byron Bay NSW. Indigenous Land Use Agreement (No1) Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

1998    Traditional owners – Armidale mining co agreement. Armidale NSW. Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

1998    Traditional owners – Adelong Mining NL - Tumut Brungle Area Agreement. First registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in Australia
( Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

1998    Arakwal, Byron Bay NSW. Arakwal-Byron Shire Council agreement. Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

1998    NSW Aboriginal Land Council - State of NSW. National Park Framework Agreement

1997    Arakwal, Byron Bay NSW. State Conservation Area agreement.  Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

1997    Tabulam Bundjalung, Tabulam NSW – Mining. Future Act Agreement Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
1995    Wellington Town common Agreement central wester NSW. This was the first agreement mediated under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators certificateLLBB. SC (Hons ) Zoology

Convenor and committee member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (Victorian Chapter)
Victorian Industrial Bar Association
Victorian Bar Human Rights Committee

Adam is a member of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

Areas of Practice


Commercial Law

  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • Property & Probate

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Proceeds of Crime


Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Planning Offences

Family Law

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Native Title

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Federal Courts
  • High Court of Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Human Rights Committee

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