Mr Paul Panayi

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Current Practice

Mr Panayi’s trial work is founded in a broad range of  commercial, common law, crime, administrative, family law litigation; principally in the County and Supreme Courts.  He also has extensive experience in private and public international law as well as military law matters.  He occasionally conducts matters covering Probate/Wills/T.F.M, Inquests, Commissions, Inquiries and Maritime Law.


Administrative Law


His administrative law practice has covered a variety of jurisdictions including boards, tribunals and inquests; and is well founded in relation to government law.  He advises the Department of Defence regularly in respect of government administrative decisions.


Common Law


Mr Panayi’s experience in common law matters has developed through a range of trials before judge alone and judge and jury.  This has included cases and trials involving personal injuries and medical negligence.


Commercial and Corporations matters


His commercial practice at the bar has covered areas including contractual disputes, insurance, trusts, insolvency, corporate structures and director’s duties.  He is also the In-House Counsel to a leading Melbourne finance firm.




He has significant experience in trial work at the County Court level as well as in the Magistrates’ Court including committal hearings.  A career highlight has included R v Babsek (1999) 108 A Crim R 141 in which he introduced the doctrine of the battered wife syndrome to the Queensland jurisdiction for the first time in a murder trial.


Family Law


His practice in family law matters has predominantly included parenting issues including residence and contact, as well as property and spousal maintenance disputes.  He is also well versed in de facto proceedings.  Mr Panayi has significant experience in acting for litigants of a non-English speaking background.


Government or International Law matters


Mr Panayi has appeared on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, together with the Solicitor-General and Chief General-Counsel of Australia, before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, in the Russia v Australia case (Re Volga illegal fishing vessel).  He has also been involved in international trade arbitration cases.


Professional background


Mr Panayi was first called to the Queensland Bar in 1995, where he practiced until 1998.  In 1999 he was invited to enter into the service of the Commonwealth of Australia as an Australian Diplomat.  He served as a diplomat from 1999 to 2004 including in the positions of Director of International Law, Maritime Law and Senior Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Mr Panayi is a member of the International Commission of Jurists.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    10 July 1995
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    17 January 2005
  • Qualifications
    BSc, LLB (Hons)

Areas of Speciality

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Insurance & Professional Negligence
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • International Law
  • Property & Probate
  • Public Law