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November 2021

Garry Downes QC
Former Judge at Federal Court of Australia



Special consultant to the Australian Commissioner of Taxation on litigation and dispute resolution (2013 -) 

President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Australia) (2002-2012) 

Justice of the Federal Court of Australia (2002-2012) 

Judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island (2007-2012) 

Queen’s Counsel (Australia) (1983 -) 

Barrister (1970-2002) (Member of the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple); Member of the Australian Bar) 

Member, Wentworth Chambers, Sydney (1970-2002) 

Overseas member, Essex Court Chambers, London (1992-2002) 

Associate of the Chief Justice of Australia, the Rt Hon Sir Garfield Barwick GCMG (1967–70) 

Arbitration Qualifications 

Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (1995-2002) 

Member of the International Chamber of Commerce 

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

Chartered Arbitrator 

Former Chairman and Patron, Australian Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

Member, London Court of International Arbitration (European Users Council) 

Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) 

Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) 

President, Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) (International Association of Lawyers) (1994-1995) 

Delegate (UIA) to the Annual Session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) 1995–2000 

Arbitration Experience 

Substantial experience in international litigation and arbitration as both arbitrator and counsel, including experience in ICC and LCIA arbitrations and ad hoc and other international arbitrations. 

Experience includes significant cases such as international dispute by explorer against offshore oil drilling contractor (ICC) (as counsel); dispute over supply agreement between UK and US corporations (LCIA) (as chairman); and international dispute over agency agreement with US pharmaceutical company (ad hoc) (as sole arbitrator). 

2013: Presiding arbitrator in ad hoc $US35 million three party international arbitration heard in Singapore – oil industry dispute relating to “farm in” agreement. 2

002 to 2012: Experience deciding many cases in the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (as President) and appeals (at Court of Appeal level) in the Federal Court of Australia. 

1970 to 2002: Practiced for 32 years at the bar in Australia (mostly in Sydney), including 20 years as Queen’s Counsel. In addition to appearing in and sitting in arbitrations, appeared mostly in commercial cases at all levels, including the English Privy Council and the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court). 

Taught many courses on arbitration for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 

Other Appointments and Achievements 

Appointed by the Queen as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1997) 

President of the Association Internationale des Hautes Juridictions Administratives (International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions) (2007-2010) 

Founder and Patron, Anglo-Australasian Lawyers’ Society

Agenda Sessions

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