PROFILE

Full Name: Michael D 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.

In addition to my work as a senior silk, I chair Barristers’ Chambers Limited, a thriving commercial enterprise with a turnover in excess of $35m, which provides accommodation to members of the Victorian Bar.

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

Please click here for the curriculum vitae of Mr Wyles Q.C..

Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Intentional Torts
  • Professional Negligence
  • Workers Compensation

Commercial

  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Competition
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Securities and Investments
  • Superannuation
  • Telecommunications and Broadcasting

Public/Administrative

  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Customs
  • Discrimination
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Social security and veterans' entitlements
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information

Criminal

  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Traffic

Equity

  • Trusts

Industrial/Employment

  • Industrial Disputes and statutory employment rights
  • Work Health and Safety

Environment and Planning

  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Mining

Tax/Revenue

Defamation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

  • Clerking Committee
  • Bar/BCL Liaison Committee
  • Chairman - Barristers' Chambers Limited - Board of Directors
From 4 Jun 2009, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


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