The Hon Justice Richard Niall KC

Principal Fellow

Supreme Court of Victoria


Richard Niall QC was appointed as the Solicitor-General of Victoria on 9 June 2015.

Before his appointment as Solicitor-General he was in private practice as a member of the Victorian Bar for 20 years. He was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2010. His principal areas of practice were public law, revenue law, discrimination, employment and industrial law and human rights law.

Niall has regularly appeared in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Court in a wide range of proceedings at both first instance and appellate level.

Niall’s clients included large corporations, government agencies and individuals. In addition to a strong public law focus he has wide experience in industrial law, acting both for employers and employees at state and federal levels.

His advice to governments has ranged across constitutional law, education, freedom of information, discrimination, coronial inquests and planning, customs, tax, patents, migration, fisheries management, environmental protection, financial regulation and trade practices.

He completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from Monash University in 1989 before signing the Bar Roll in 1995.

Teaching (2023)

Melbourne Law Masters