Marcus Hassall

Marcus Hassall

Marcus has more than 20 years’ advocacy experience in a range of jurisdictions and courts, including 13 years with the Commonwealth DPP and 10 years at the Bar in the ACT. Marcus accepts briefs in a range of matters including commercial, administrative law (planning, revenue, ADJR, others), financial crime, inquiries and coronials and environmental law.  Marcus was previously the CDPP’s principal lawyer responsible for federal proceeds of crime proceedings, and maintains a specific interest in this area.

In 2021, Marcus was recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barrister in the ACT.

Marcus is also a retired soccer referee.

Called to the Bar
2011

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Phone

02 6130 0560

Email

hassall@blackburnchambers.com.au

Practice areas

Appellate
Commercial law
Criminal law
Family law
Inquests and inquiries
Proceeds of crime
Public / Administrative law
Town planning and development

Cases

  • Village No 22 Pty Ltd v Planning and Land Authority of the ACT [2021] ACAT 43. Appeared as lead counsel for respondent in merits review proceedings relating to proposed $110 million estate development.
  • University of Canberra v Zierholz@UC Pty Ltd [2020] ACTCA 45. Appeared for applicant (led by T Lynch SC) in contested application for security for costs on appeal.
  • St Landco No 1 Pty Ltd v Commissioner for ACT Revenue [2020] ACAT 81. Appeared for respondent (unled) in contested merits review proceedings regarding lease variation charge payable on 270- unit development.
  • HTI Watson Pty Ltd v Commissioner for ACT Revenue [2020] ACAT 30. Appeared for applicant (led by Philiip Walker SC) in contested merits review proceedings regarding lease variation charge payable on estate development.
  • Song & Ors v Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police [2019] VSCA 206. Appeared for applicant (unled) in application for extension of time to appeal the making of restraining orders under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).
  • Capital Recycling Solutions Pty Ltd v Planning and Land Authority of the ACT [2019] ACTSC 58. Appeared for applicant (led by Tom Howard SC) in application for judicial review of decision of Planning & Land Authority purporting to revoke previous development approval.
  • Staunton v Parfit Investments Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1857. Appeared for applicant (unled) in application for leave to proceed against company in liquidation.
  • Commissioner of Australian Federal Police v Karmadonov and Ors (QSC 18/5/18 & 12/8/16 – restricted publications). Appeared for respondents (led by Peter Davis QC) in applications for declarations concerning the conduct of compulsory examinations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).
  • II Developments Pty Ltd v II Developments JV Pty Ltd [2017] ACTSC 504. Appeared for respondent (unled) opposing application for dissolution of partnership on just and equitable grounds.
  • Dunn v Hanson Australasia Pty Ltd and Ors [2017] ACTSC 169; (2017) 12 ACTLR 138. Appeared for plaintiffs (unled) in claim for damages for defective residential building work involving breaches of statutory warranties implied by Building Act 2004 (ACT), misleading or deceptive conduct contrary to Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) & proportionate liability issues.
  • Reardon v Stokes Contractors Pty Limited [2015] NSWSC 960. Appeared for appellant (unled) in appeal from NSW Local Court regarding quantum of damages awarded for breach of contract.
  • Co-ordinated Constructions Pty Ltd and ACT Construction Occupations Registrar and Ors (Administrative Review) [2012] ACAT 55. Appeared for respondent in successful proceedings for rectification order under Building Act 2004 (ACT).
  • Commissioner of Australian Federal Police v Dickson and Ors (NSWSC, 2012 – restricted publication). Appeared for Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (led by Alan Sullivan QC) in application for restraining orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) over $40 million of property alleged to be proceeds of tax fraud.

Publications

  • It’s not (just) my fault: Proportionate liability provisions in the ACT. ACT Law Society, October 2018.
  • Gone in 60 seconds: statutory forfeiture in the ACT. Ethos, February 2017.
  • Affidavits that support your cause of action. Legalwise, March 2014.
  • Setting aside statutory demands. ACT Law Society, February 2014.
  • Compulsory examinations and the right to a fair trial. NSW Bar News, January 2014.