Vale — Ian Michael Hayden


Bar Roll No. 708

It is with deep regret that the Bar informs members of the death of Ian Hayden.

Ian, a Bar Legend, was a practising member of the Bar for over 50 years. He retired in 2018.

He earnt his law degree at Melbourne University; tutored in commercial law and was a tutor at Newman College. He did articles with the enigmatic Ray Dunn, a famous criminal solicitor in his day. He was admitted on 1 March 1963 and soon after was called to the Bar, signing the Bar Roll on 19 November 1963. He read with the Honourable Norman O’Bryan QC. He was a long standing and highly respected member of Foley’s list and practised only in criminal law.

Ian was a mentor to Malcolm Speed, former CEO of the International Cricket Council; his Honour Judge John Carmody and Senior Crown Prosecutor, Raymond Gibson KC.

Ian was known as a true gentleman and was hugely popular. He was always good for a chat about the law, he was modest and self-effacing. He appeared for the accused in many big cases in the Supreme Court. Gifted with a phenomenal memory for dates and names he had an impeccable work ethic and, during a long trial, survived on little sleep. Only in his latter years as a barrister did he remedy this trend.

More importantly, family was everything to Ian. Despite his demanding practice he was never slow to involve himself in cooking, listening, housework and driving his large brood to their various engagements.

He loved sport. He was an outstanding footballer at university following which he played 30 games for Richmond, kicking 42 goals until a knee injury permanently sidelined him.

Ian is survived by wife Joan, children, Danny, Michael, Steve, Angela, Peter, Tom, Katherine as well as 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Vale Ian.

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