Lachlan Molesworth

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

Victorian Bar


Lachlan is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He practices in constitutional, revenue and commercial law. He specialise in taxation and the foreign investment regime. He frequently acts for the Commonwealth as well as private clients.

Before coming to the Bar, Lachlan was in the Commonwealth Treasury Portfolio, covering taxation, foreign investment (FIRB) and corporations law. He was involved with the development of important Commonwealth legislative reforms, including the development of the Multinational Anti-avoidance Law and Diverted Profits Tax to counter avoidance schemes. Prior to that he was a solicitor at an international firm advising on large commercial and taxation disputes in Australia.

He is Chair of the National Trusts of Australia, Deputy Chair of the National Trust of Victoria, and a Director of Ys Housing, three not-for-profit community organisations.

He is a Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, teaching corporations and taxation subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters and Juris Doctor programs, including the Tax Avoidance master subject taught jointly with former justices Hon Tony Pagone AM KC and Hon Jennifer Davies KC. He also takes the tax subject in the Victorian Bar Readers' course.

He graduated with a Masters with Distinction from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Laws and Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He is currently undertaking further studies and a dissertation at the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford. Lachlan has been called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of Lincoln's Inn, London.

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Teaching (2024)

Melbourne Law Masters