Mr Paul Hayes

  • Mr Paul Hayes

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Victorian Bar


Paul Hayes is a Barrister and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Queensland University of Technology and Master of Studies (MSt) from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Visiting Fellow in 2005-2006 (Faculty of Law, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law). He also holds a Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration (DipICArb) from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

He commenced practice as a Barrister at the Sydney Bar in 1990, before relocating to the Melbourne Bar in 1997, where he conducts his practice from Owen Dixon Chambers West as a member of Dever's List and also from chambers in London and Singapore, where he is a member of 39 Essex Street, after being called to the Bar in England (Lincoln's Inn) in 2005. Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Paul worked as a Lawyer in Sydney with Allen Allen & Hemsley (Allens) and Baker & McKenzie.

He practices predominantly in commercial and equity litigation/arbitration, sports law, defamation, insurance and international law (public and private) and has appeared in a wide variety of cases (ranging from large-scale complex commercial matters to defamation jury trials and sporting disputes) in multiple jurisdictions throughout Australia and overseas, most regularly appearing in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Paul has published numerous journal articles and spoken at conferences in Australia and abroad on a wide range of sports law and general legal topics. He is also the Founding Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal (CCH Australia), the Chair of the International Law Committee of Commbar (the commercial law association of the Victorian Bar) and contributes Op-Ed articles from time to time to The Australian and The Times in London on issues concerning the law and politics.