Mr Adrian C. R. Anderson

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Adrian Anderson is an advocate practising in media/defamation and sports law, disciplinary tribunals, common law/personal injuries, criminal and general commercial law. He brings to the Bar extensive experience as a senior executive in major professional sports.

A former partner in the commercial litigation division of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Adrian was General Manager of Football Operations of the AFL from 2004-2012 establishing the AFL’s integrity unit, tribunal system and heading negotiations such as the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  At Corrs, he was the principal media law advisor to the Herald Sun and 3AW. He also acted for the AFL Players’ Association, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Greyhound Racing Victoria, and professional athletes in disciplinary matters, anti-doping cases, contractual disputes and criminal matters.

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, Adrian:

  • conducted a major integrity review for Cricket Australia
  • was appointed interim CEO of Cycling Australia by the Australian Sports Commission to implement governance and financial reform
  • conducted a player welfare review on behalf of the NRL

He has recently appeared in:

  • Defamation proceedings in the Supreme Court
  • Disciplinary tribunals and appeals in VCAT, the Racing Appeals Disciplinary Board, the Racing Appeals Panel NSW, and the AFL and FFV tribunals
  • County Court negligence trial and serious injury applications as junior counsel
  • General commercial and criminal law matters 
  • Fair Work Austraiia hearing and conciliations

He is a committee member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, a Director of National Golf Holdings Ltd, Chairman of MyGolf (JV between Golf Australia and PGA Australia) and a Tribunal Member of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.  He has the indictable crime certificate.

Recent matters in which Adrian has appeared include:

Sports disciplinary matters:

  • Chairman of the Inquiry into the unauthorized export of greyhounds from NSW to Macau
  • RVL Stewards v Danny O’Brien, Mark Kavanagh and Dr Tom Brennan (Decisions of Racing Appeals Disciplinary Board of 23/12/15 and 20/1/16 and VCAT appeal)
  • Racing NSW v Sam Kavanagh, Dr Tom Brennan and Dr Adam Mathews (Racing Appeals Tribunal NSW decisions 6/5/16 and 17/6/16)
  • Greyhound Racing Victoria v Braden Finn (Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board 23/6/16)
  • AFL Tribunal appearances on behalf of Adam Cooney, Mark Baguley and Courtney Dempsey
  • Victorian Football Federation Tribunal on behalf of North Sunshine Eagles SC and Diellon Memishi
  • Appeal against grand final disqualification on behalf of Melbourne East Basketball Association to Basketball Australia Appeals Tribunal 20/9/16
  • Appeal on behalf of James Lawton and Adam Cullen to AFL Riverina Appeal Tribunal 5/9/15

Defamation/ media law

  • Hanks v Johnston  [2015] VSC 570 and [2016] VSC 149
  • Johnston v Holland [2016] VSC 340
  • Nadinic v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd (Supreme Court injunction application before Ginnane J, 13/5/15)
  • Hanks v Johnston [2016] VSC 629

Common law/personal injury

  • Beau Hart v Beaumaris Junior Football Club, South Metro Junior Football League, and Bayside City Council (led by Jeff Moore QC)
  • Multiple serious injury applications







Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    07 April 1997
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    30 April 2015
  • Qualifications
    LLB (Hons) Melbourne Uni, MBA Melbourne Business School, AMP Insead