Admitted to the Legal Profession:
01 Jun 1977
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
13 Mar 1980
Accredited as mediator:
17 Feb 2000
Nationally accredited mediator:
12 Jun 2008
Mr. McInnis practised in a wide area of commercial, civil, criminal and administrative law for a period of 20 years at the Bar from 1980 to 2000. He was appointed as a Chapter III Justice of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia in June 2000. He retired his Commission on 28 January 2008 and returned to the Bar on 4 February 2008.
During his time as a Commonwealth Justice Mr. McInnis delivered almost 800 judgments (with media neutral citations) mainly in general federal law of which approximately 70 have been reported. The judgments covered a wide area of commercial law, administrative law, human rights and family law. He has presented 30 papers to national and international conferences dealing with all jurisdictions of the Court and most recently focusing on Anti-Terrorism legislation.
The commercial law cases included a substantial number of insolvency, trade practices and copyright matters. The administrative law decisions covered appeals from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal together with applications under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act and a significant volume of cases requiring judicial review under the Migration Act.
Mr. McInnis will accept briefs in the following areas –
COMMERCIAL AND CIVIL LITIGATION
• Trade practices
• Product liability
• Intellectual property
• Insurance law
• Civil Litigation – Tort and Contract
• Federal and State Administrative Law
• Migration Law
• Federal and State Judicial Review
• Domestic Tribunals
• Sports Law
Given his wide practical experience as a barrister combined with over seven years judicial service Mr. McInnis will accept briefs as both mediator/arbitrator and participant in mediations/arbitrations. He has completed the Advanced Mediation Course arranged by the Victorian Bar in conjunction with Bond University and has acted as a mentor to the Monash University Mediation Course over the past three years. He is prepared to appear in all jurisdictions including family law disputes.
- Member Sports Law Committee of Commercial Bar Association
- Member of the Appeals Board of the Football Federation of Victoria
- Director White Ribbon Australia
- President of the United Nations Association of Australia (Vic)
- Lead Ambassador - Legal Sector White Ribbon Australia