Paul Menzies QC

Paul Menzies QC

Paul has over 40 years experience as a Barrister, having first been called to the Bar in 1973. Prior to this, he practised as a Solicitor for 5 years in Sydney and London. Paul has a very diverse practice. He appears as an advocate at both trial and appellate level in administrative law, criminal law, professional negligence, common law generally, insurance and commercial law. Paul took Silk in 1988 and has been acting as an accredited mediator since 1995.

Paul accepts instructions as mediator, arbitrator, and advocate in mediations and domestic and international arbitrations, in Australia and internationally. He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) since 2009.

He has appeared in most administrative and quasi-judicial tribunals including Fair Work Australia, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and their various predecessors, Administrative Decisions Tribunals, and professional disciplinary bodies. Paul has also appeared for interested parties and as Counsel Assisting in a broad range of inquiries, including ICAC, significant Coronial Inquests and Royal Commissions.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Accelerated Route to Fellowship Programme

LEADR Accredited Mediator

Queens Counsel for New South Wales

Admitted to the Bar of New South Wales

Admitted as Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

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Practice areas

Commercial law
Constitutional law
Criminal law
Employment law
Professional negligence
Public / Administrative law


  • P & M Quality Smallgoods v Leap Seng [2013] NSWCA 167 – Appeal in relation to a workplace accident principally on the issue of vicarious liability.
  • Hanna v Minister for Health [2013] FCA 303 – Administrative law, judicial review of the Minister’s decision to not approve a pharmacist’s application under ss 90A & 90B of the National Health Act 1953 (Cth).
  • Provident Capital v Naumovski [2013] NSWSC 40 – Real property, allegation of fraud.
  • Attorney General of NSW v Chiew Seng Liew [2012] NSWSC 1223 –Judicial review of the Parole Authority’s determination to grant parole to the murderer of Dr Victor Chang.
  • Public Service Board v Osmond 159 CLR 656 – appeared as junior to McHugh QC, re-establishing the rule that administrative bodies at Common Law not required to give reasons.
  • Kable v DPP for New South Wales (1996) 189 CLR 51 – a State Act creating a regime of preventative detention declared void as in breach of Chapter 3.
  • Pelechowski v Registrar Court of Appeal (2009) 198 CLR 435 – contempt.
  • R v Spies (2000) 201 CLR 603 – application of the Proviso in the Criminal Appeal Act.