: Cahal G Fairfield

Areas of Practice

Public/Administrative
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information
Criminal
  • Appellate
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
Family Law and Guardianship Appellate Industrial/Employment
  • Employment Contracts and Restraint of Trade
Inquests/Inquiries

Clerk

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Cahal G Fairfield

Cahal G Fairfield

Telephone: +61 3 9225 8547
Email: cahalfairfield@vicbar.com.au
Fax: 9077 7471
Chambers:
Room 0603
William Crockett Chambers
530 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Admitted to the Legal Profession: 

14 Apr 1999

Signed Victorian Bar Roll:

18 Nov 1999

Qualifications:

LL.B(Hons) (Q.U.B.)

Also entitled to practise in:

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania

Previous occupation:

Associate to the Honourable Justice Ryan of the Federal Court of Australia 1997-1999

Profile

Cahal has experience both as a trial advocate and as an appellate advocate.  He appears regularly in all jurisdictions.  He has a wide practice in both civil and criminal law.  He has a particular interest in administrative law.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

A. JUDICAL REVIEW 

Cahal has appeared in numerous judicial review matters includng:

(a) In the High Court in VBAO v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (2006) 233 CLR1 and in a number of special leave and original jurisidction matters.

(b) In 11 Full Federal Court cases inclduing VGAO v MiMIA [2003] FCAFC 68; Sok v MIMIA [2005] FCAFC 56; Applicant M169 of 2003 v MIMIA [2004] FCAFC 311; Applicant M164/2002 v MIMIA [2006] FCAFC 16; VNAA v MIMIA [2004] FCAFC 134.

(c) In over 50 cases in the Federal Court mainly in migration but also in intellecutal property.
(d) In over 60 cases in the Federal Magistrates Court and Federal Circuit Court.

(e) In the Supreme Court of Victoria and Court of Appeal in judicial review of:

(i) a VCAT decision (Ismail v Rustom [2009] VSC 625); (ii) rulings by the Coroners Court of Victoria (Priest v Deputy State Coroner [2010] VSC 449; Priest v West [2012] VSCA 327) and (iii) rulings by a Victorian Magistrate (Zion-Shalom v Magistrates Court of Victoria [2009] VSC 476).

B. SERIOUS SEX OFFENDERS (DETENTION AND SUPERVISION) ACT 2009

He appears  in the County Court in matters arising under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.

C. TRIBUNALS - VCAT AND COMMONWEALTH AAT

Both Commonwealth and Victorian Freedom of Information and Privacy matters - he also teaches these subjects at, and revises course materials for, the Leo Cussen Centre For Law.  

Psychologists Rehistration Board of Victoria v G [2010] VCAT 1927.

D. CRIMINAL LAW 

Cahal has appeared for the Defence in corporate fraud and bribery matters.  He also appears in summary and indicatble crime generally.

E. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Miles v Commissioner of Patents [2013] FCA 1017

F. FAMILY LAW

Cahal appears in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court in parenting order and property matters. 

PUBLISHED WORK

Cahal has published articles in the areas of employment law and migration law. He has also reviewed texts on statutory demands and texts in the areas migration law and admiralty and maritime law.

BACKGROUND
Cahal grew up in Northern Ireland and is a graduate of the Queen's University, Belfast in Northern Ireland.  He studied for his Bar Exams in Northern Ireland. After coming to Australia, he undertook further legal studies at the University of Melbourne.

From 1995 he worked at the Federal Court of Australia and from 1997 to 1999 he was Associate to Justice Ryan of the Federal Court.

 

VICTORIAN BAR
Cahal is a former elected member of the Victorian Bar Council from 2004 to 2007.  He has also served on sub-committees of the Victorian Bar including the Asylum Seeker Subcommittee of the Legal Assistance Committee and the Professional Standards Committee. He currently serves on the Bar's Pro Bono Commitee.



Victorian Bar Committee memberships

  • Pro Bono Committee

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