Cahal G Fairfield

Areas of Practice

  • Transport Law - Admiralty/Aviation/Maritime
Public/Administrative Criminal Family Law and Guardianship Industrial/Employment Inquests/Inquiries
Cahal G Fairfield

Cahal G Fairfield

Telephone: +61 3 9225 8547
Fax: 9077 7471
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


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

Also entitled to practise in:

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

Previous occupation:

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


Cahal has over 17 years experience at the Victorian Bar.  

He has a particular interest in public law and instructs, and updates course materials, in the subject at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law on both the practical training course and continuing professional developments course.  He is committed to legal education and continuing professional development.


A. Public Law 

Judicial and Administrative (Tribunal) review.

Cases in which he has appeared include:

VBAO v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (2006) 233 CLR1 

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 

Ismail v Rustom [2009] VSC 625

Zion-Shalom v Magistrates Court of Victoria [2009] VSC 476

Priest v Deputy State Coroner [2010] VSC 449

Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria v G [2010] VCAT 1927

Jia v Minister for Immigration [2011] FMCA 422

Priest v West [2012] VSCA 327

MZYYC v Minister for Immigration [2013] FCCA 1769

Miles v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 109.

MZZQY v Minister for Immigration [2015] FCCA 262

Fernando v Minister for Immigration [2016] FCCA 409

He has appeared in over 50 cases in the Federal Court and in over 60 cases in the Federal Magistrates Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Most recently Cahal has appeared in the following cases in the Supreme Court of Nauru:

CRI 018 v Republic of Nauru (Supreme Court of Nauru, Khan J, 15 December 2016)

MEG026 v Republic of Nauru (Supreme Court of Nauru, Khan J, 7 February 2017)

B. Family/De Facto Law

Cahal appears in property and children's matters.  He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

C. Industrial and Employment Law

Cahal appears in election inquirie, employment contract disputes and Fair Work matters. He is a member of the Industrial Bar Association.

D. Wills and Estates

Cahal appears in Part IV claims and in claims relating to the vailidty of wills and enforcement of executors' obligations.

E. Criminal Law

Cahal appears in summary and indictable matters. He has also appeared in a number of matters under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.


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



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.



Cahal served as a member of the Victorian Bar Council from 2004 to 2007.  He has also served on committees and sub-committees of the Victorian Bar including the Pro Bono Commitee.

The information referred to above has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither Victorian Bar Inc nor the barrister's clerk have independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information and neither accepts any responsibility in that regard.