Full Name: Jonathan Bayly
Phone:+61 3 9225 6963
Fax:+61 3 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 accepts briefs in matters involving constitutional and administrative law, torts, personal injury and general commercial law.

Before coming to the Bar, Jon was a solicitor for over a decade. Between 2008 and 2016, Jon 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. During his time at the VGSO, Jon provided advice to a range of government clients on complex matters involving constitutional law and statutory interpretation. Jon has particular expertise in state and federal constitutional law, and has experience advising clients on issues arising from the intersection between state and federal legislative power, the operation of express and implied constitutional guarantees and the exercise of state and federal judicial and executive power. While at the VGSO, Jon gained substantial practice experience in the High Court, acting 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) 325 ALR 15 and Bell Group NV v Western Australia (2016) 331 ALR 408.

Jon also has extensive experience in administrative law, having acted as a solicitor on behalf of decision makers in judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria and as an in-house adviser while seconded to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

In addition to his expertise in public law, Jon has experience conducting complex tort litigation involving claims for damages in negligence, trespass and false imprisonment and providing advice on the law of defamation. He has particular interest and expertise in the law of negligence as it applies to statutory bodies and government officers.

Before joining the VGSO, Jon spent five years working as a solicitor in private practice and with the Transport Accident Commission. During this period, Jon acted on behalf of statutory insurers, plaintiffs and large companies in claims for damages in respect of death and personal injury and in claims for payment of statutory benefits under the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Transport Accident Act 1986. As a result of this, Jon has experience providing advice on complex claims for damages and statutory benefits and acting in proceedings for judicial review of opinions given by medical panels.

Jon is reading with Emily Latif and his senior mentor is Chris Horan QC.

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Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Appellate
  • Intentional Torts
  • Judicial Review - motor accident
  • Judicial Review - workers compensation
  • Negligence
  • Workers Compensation


  • Appellate
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Immigration Law
  • Judicial Review and administrative law


Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Courts

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