Malcolm Holmes QC

Date of admission to the Bar

Date of appointment as Senior Counsel

Areas of practice
Malcolm has a wide ranging practice, encompassing trade practices, equity, general commercial law and common law. He is experienced in most forms of trial advocacy, including defamation jury trials, coronial inquests and Equity Division proceedings, and has appeared in most states of Australia and in Papua New Guinea. Malcolm is also an experienced appellate advocate. Malcolm’s areas of practice include:

  • Appellate practice
  • Arbitration
  • Building & construction law
  • Commercial law
  • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Common law
  • Defamation & media law
  • Equity
  • Industrial law
  • Insolvency & bankruptcy
  • Insurance law
  • Private & public international law
  • Professional liability
  • Sports law
  • Trade practices & competition law
  • Trade & transport law

In recent years, Malcolm has also developed a practice as an international arbitrator and is also an arbitrator member of chambers at 20 Essex Street in London.

In addition, Malcolm enjoys teaching and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales.

BA LLB (Syd)
BCL (Oxon)

Past President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Australasian Branch

Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Trustees, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK

Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport

Arbitrator Member, 20 Essex Street, London (see

Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG), Delegate to UNCITRAL (2006)

Adjunct Professor in International Commercial Arbitration, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney

Fellow and Director of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration

Fellow of Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia

Panel Member, Singapore International Arbritration Centre (SIAC)

Panel Member, China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

Panel Member, Australian Centre for Interational & Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)

Panel Member, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

Panel Member, Kuala Lumpur Rgional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)

Panel Member, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (ACAB)

Panel Member, Japanese Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)

Panel Member, The Badan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia (BANI)

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