Professor Ian Bailey AM SC

Professorial Fellow

New South Wales Bar


Ian is a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School and was Co-Director of the Construction Law Masters Program from 2000 until 2014. He teaches Advanced Construction Law and Commercial Arbitration in Practice.

Ian is a Senior Counsel based in New South Wales, specialising in dispute resolution of construction disputes as a court appointed referee, arbitrator, mediator and expert determiner. He was admitted to the Bar in New South Wales in 1983 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004 and practised across all Australian jurisdictions. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2017 and is a Fellow of the NSW Royal Society. Ian is the founding Chair of the Society of Construction Law Australia.

For ten years prior to 1980 he was a practising Architect involved in the design and construction of commercial and industrial buildings in Sydney.

Ian is a Grade 1 Arbitrator and was National Vice-President of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (Resolution Institute) from 2004-2008.

He is author of Understanding Australian Construction Contracts, 2009, Thomson Reuter, co-authored with Dr Matthew Bell, Construction Law in Australia, 4th Edn, 2018, LBC Services, and Chapter 27.7: Professional Liability, Architect and Engineers in Laws of Australia published by Law Book Company Limited.

Teaching (2023)

Melbourne Law Masters