Full Name: Nawaar Hassan
Phone:+61 3 9036 3101
Mobile:0433 273 527
Chambers: Hayden Starke Chambers
Room: 1323
Date of Admission: 15 Feb 2011
Called to the Bar: 25 Oct 2012
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 23 Dec 2015
Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons)


Nawaar Hassan practises in commercial and administrative law.  She has particular expertise in insurance and superannuation imatters.

In the insurance field, Nawaar’s experience includes:

  • Professional indemnity
  • Total and Permanent Disablement and Income Protection
  • Property damage
  • Product liability
  • Avoidance of cover for non-disclosure and misrepresentation

Nawaar also acts in a broad range of commercial and administrative law matters.  She has acted in matters involving:

  • Contractual disputes involving sale of business agreements, provision of professional services and product distribution
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct and consumer law disputes
  • Bankruptcy and review of sequestration orders
  • Banking and mortgage disputes including matters involving third party fraud
  • Domestic building disputes
  • Evidentiary and privilege disputes
  • Judicial and merits review
  • Freedom of information
  • Applications for admission to legal practice (acting both for applicants and as counsel assisting the Victorian Legal Admissions Board)


The breadth of Nawaar’s experience is illustrated by a selection of recent matters she has acted in:

Fenix Property Group Pty Ltd v Winters Conveyancing Pty Ltd [2018] VCC

Professional indemnity claim against a conveyancer for loss caused by the failure to register an amended plan of subdivision.

Service v Post Super Pty Ltd [2017] VCC 1500

Claim for total and permanent disablement benefits pursuant to defined benefits superannuation scheme.

Swebbs v Magistrates’ Court of Victoria [2017] VSC 229

Judicial review of a decision made under the Firearms Act 1996.

Beaches Jetty Operations Pty Ltd v Pacific Pontoon & Pier (Residential) Pty Ltd [2017] VCC

Claims concerning the cause of damage to a boat and marina during a storm.

Yusof v AAMI [2016] VSC 518

Judicial review of an insurance matter where indemnity was denied based on alleged non-cooperation by the insured.

Collins Squared Pty Ltd v Jameson Enterprises Pty Ltd [2016] VCC

Claim for misleading and deceptive conduct arising out of the sale of a business.

Willner v DEJTR [2015] VSC 504Willner v DEDJTR [2015] VCAT 669

Freedom of information application for CCTV footage taken inside a train carriage and subsequent appeal of VCAT decision to the Supreme Court.

Willner v City of Melbourne [2015] VCAT 1594Willner v City of Melbourne [2016] VCAT 154

Freedom of information application involving the issue of a conclusive certificate that disclosure of the document would be expected to endanger security, evidence given in closed court, non-publication orders and the application of the Harman principle.

Traditional Values Management Ltd v Taylor [2015] VSC

Professional indemnity claims by liquidator of failed managed investment scheme against accountants and auditors.

Ternovsky v Kirishian [2015] VCAT 657

Domestic building dispute involving misappropriation of funds by a builder.

Long v United Super Pty Ltd [2014] VCC 2320

Claim for total and permanent disablement benefits pursuant to group life insurance policy.

State of Victoria v Tabcorp Holdings Ltd [2013] VSCA 180

Claim by former gaming licensee arising out of the enactment of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and reform of poker machine regulation in Victoria.  Significant issues of client legal privilege and joint privilege.


Before coming to the Bar Nawaar worked as the Associate to Justice Cavanough of the Supreme Court of Victoria and to Judge Taft of the County Court of Victoria. In the civil jurisdiction, she worked on a wide variety of matters in the trial division and the Court of Appeal. In the criminal jurisdiction, she worked on a large number of trials, pleas and appeals in the County Court and Court of Appeal.

Nawaar has also worked at DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) where she was involved in insurance and professional indemnity litigation, maritime, trade & transport, and administrative law matters.

In August 2012, Nawaar completed the Hague Academy of International Law’s Summer Programme on Private International Law where she came third in the examinations.

Nawaar read with Christopher Horan QC.  Her senior mentor was Samantha Marks QC (now Her Honour Judge Marks of the County Court of Victoria).

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Other Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French

Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Insurance - disability claims
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence


  • Banking
  • Building and Construction
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Superannuation
  • Transport Law - Admiralty/Aviation/Maritime


  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review


  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals


International Law

  • Choice of Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Mediators

Areas of Mediation

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Insurance - disability claims
  • Intentional Torts
  • Judicial Review - motor accident
  • Negligence


  • Banking
  • Building and Construction
  • Competition
  • Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Superannuation


  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals


  • Trusts

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 8 Nov 2012, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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