Full Name: Mr Jonathan Bayly
Phone: +61 3 9225 6963
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0407 530 538
Chambers: Douglas Menzies Chambers
Room: 0211
Date of Admission: 24 May 2004
Called to the Bar: 26 Oct 2016
Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


Jon's practice focuses on public law and torts. Since coming to the Bar, he has acted in:

Jon also provides detailed advice to government and private clients on complex matters involving administrative law, constitutional law, statutory interpretation and torts (including negligence, defamation, assault, battery and false imprisonment).

Before coming to the Bar, Jon was a solicitor for over a decade. Between 2008 and 2016, he worked at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, where he was a Principal Solicitor and chair of the VGSO’s Constitutional Law and Intergovernmental Relations Practice Group. In this role, Jon acted on behalf of the Attorney-General for Victoria in such significant constitutional matters as Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission (NSW) (2010) 238 CLR 521, Unions NSW v New South Wales (2013) 252 CLR 530, McCloy v New South Wales (2015) 257 CLR 178 and Bell Group NV v Western Australia (2016) 260 CLR 500. He also acted on behalf of Victorian and interstate government bodies in a range of tort, judicial review and administrative law proceedings.

Between 2004 and 2008, Jon worked as a solicitor in private practice and with the Transport Accident Commission. As a result, he has extensive experience acting for and advising plaintiffs, statutory insurers and corporations in relation to proceedings under the Transport Accident Act 1986 (Vic) and workers' compensation legislation.

Jon posts regular updates on significant decisions in torts and public law on his blog.

Areas of Practice


  • Civil Appeals
  • Merit Appeals

Common Law

  • Intentional Torts
  • Judicial Review
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation



  • Local Government

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Immigration
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review
  • Migration Law

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