William E M Lye OAM QC
Internal phone:
Admitted:
4 Nov 1987
Bar:
26 May 1988
Silk:
29 Nov 2018
Location:
Room 1823, Owen Dixon Chambers West,
525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Admitted to legal practice in all States and Territories of Australia,  William is available to appear and advise in all areas of general commercial law, corporations and securities, copyright and trademarks, computer and internet related matters, cross-border disputes, and alternative dispute resolution.

William's practice also extends to assisting clients with matters in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.

William is an Accredited Mediator and an appointed Arbitrator on the Foreign Arbitrators' Panel of the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (www.shiac.org) and on the panel of arbitrators of the Czech Arbitration Centre (https://udrp.adr.eu/) dealing with disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Disputes Resolution Policy (UDRP) established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

William will accept briefs, and where appropriate direct briefs from government and corporate lawyers:

  • to advise on legal and strategic approaches to resolving conflict
  • to appear anywhere in Australia in court or tribunal hearings
  • to appear in mediation or to act as the mediator
  • to appear in arbitration proceedings in Australia or overseas or act as the arbitrator
  • to coordinate dispute resolution in South East Asia

The work William undertakes includes but not limited to:

  • Contract disputes, eg manufacturing under licence disputes; distributorship or agency disputes; debt claims
  • Property law disputes - involving fraud and/or ponzi schemes, indefeasibility, caveats, mortgagee claims, priority claims, and those property matters coming under the Family Law jurisdiction
  • Australian Consumer Law - section 18 Misleading & Deceptive conduct claims
  • Oppression of shareholders' rights including derivative actions
  • Injunction and Freezing Order applications
  • Enforcement of foreign judgments
  • Breach of directors' duties
  • Breach of confidential information in the context of employer-employee relationship and restraint of trade
  • Copyright disputes involving literary, artistic and cinematograph films, eg software, photography; architectural drawings, DVDs
  • Trademark opposition or enforcement proceedings
  • Computer, software, IT, and internet related disputes, eg domain names
  • Anti-suit injunction or forum shopping
  • Confiscation of proceeds of crime
  • Assisting clients seeking legal redress in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China (whether via arbitration or litigation or mediation)
  • Matters requiring an understanding of Asian cultural nuances
  • Providing strategic advice to board members of public or private companies or board representation

 

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Appellate
Commercial Law
Common Law
Criminal Law
Equity & Trusts
Family Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
International Law
Public Law & Administrative Law
Technology Law & Media Law
EXTENDED BIOGRAPHY

William was born in Penang, Malaysia and learnt to speak and write Bahasa Malaysia in school.  When he was growing up in Kuala Lumpur, the dialects of Hokkien and Cantonese were spoken at home, and he was tutored for a couple of years in Mandarin.

William also contributes to legal education.  He has instructed at Leo Cussen Institute since the late 90s in Commercial and Corporate Practice, and Retail Leases.  He is a Special Sessional Lecturer at Monash University Law School teaching the subjects of Mooting and Advocacy Competition; Property Law; and Contract Law.   He is an appointed Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.

William is a founding member and the Immediate Past National Vice President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. He is also one of the Honorary Patrons of the North American Australian Lawyers Alliance Incorporated.

On Australia Day 2017, William was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘service to the law, to business, and to the promotion of cultural diversity’. In the same year, at the 2017 Lawyer's Weekly Australian Law Awards, he won the Barrister of the Year Award and the Excellence Award.

William serves on the national board of The Order of Australia Association Limited and is a committee member of the Victoria Branch of the Association.  He is also on the Council of Swinburne University of Technology.

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Admitted to legal practice in all States and Territories of Australia,  William is available to appear and advise in all areas of general commercial law, corporations and securities, copyright and trademarks, computer and internet related matters, cross-border disputes, and alternative dispute resolution.

William's practice also extends to assisting clients with matters in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.

William is an Accredited Mediator and an appointed Arbitrator on the Foreign Arbitrators' Panel of the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (www.shiac.org) and on the panel of arbitrators of the Czech Arbitration Centre (https://udrp.adr.eu/) dealing with disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Disputes Resolution Policy (UDRP) established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

William will accept briefs, and where appropriate direct briefs from government and corporate lawyers:

  • to advise on legal and strategic approaches to resolving conflict
  • to appear anywhere in Australia in court or tribunal hearings
  • to appear in mediation or to act as the mediator
  • to appear in arbitration proceedings in Australia or overseas or act as the arbitrator
  • to coordinate dispute resolution in South East Asia

The work William undertakes includes but not limited to:

  • Contract disputes, eg manufacturing under licence disputes; distributorship or agency disputes; debt claims
  • Property law disputes - involving fraud and/or ponzi schemes, indefeasibility, caveats, mortgagee claims, priority claims, and those property matters coming under the Family Law jurisdiction
  • Australian Consumer Law - section 18 Misleading & Deceptive conduct claims
  • Oppression of shareholders' rights including derivative actions
  • Injunction and Freezing Order applications
  • Enforcement of foreign judgments
  • Breach of directors' duties
  • Breach of confidential information in the context of employer-employee relationship and restraint of trade
  • Copyright disputes involving literary, artistic and cinematograph films, eg software, photography; architectural drawings, DVDs
  • Trademark opposition or enforcement proceedings
  • Computer, software, IT, and internet related disputes, eg domain names
  • Anti-suit injunction or forum shopping
  • Confiscation of proceeds of crime
  • Assisting clients seeking legal redress in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China (whether via arbitration or litigation or mediation)
  • Matters requiring an understanding of Asian cultural nuances
  • Providing strategic advice to board members of public or private companies or board representation

 

 

Other Languages Spoken

  • Cantonese
  • Hokkien
  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Mandarin

Committee Memberships

  • (Chair) Asia Practice