Dr R P Austin


Contact Details:
t: 02 9151 2210
f: 02 9210 0691
e: austin@level22.com.au

Secretary: Debbie Austin
t: 02 9151 2234
f: 02 9210 0693
e: daustin@level22.com.au

After a career as a legal academic at the University of Sydney combined with some practice at the Bar, Dr Austin was a partner in Minter Ellison from 1990 to 1998.  He practised in the M&A and general corporate field. Important matters included the demutualisation of the AMP Society (1996) and the legal component for establishment of the CHESS settlement system for ASX. After his retirement from the bench he resumed legal practice with Minter Ellison from 2010 to 2015. He returned to the Bar in July 2015. He conducts a specialist practice in corporate law and equity, corporate insolvency, schemes of arrangement, managed investment schemes, superannuation and financial services. Recent cases include Amcor Ltd [2019] FCA 842, NetComm Wireless Ltd [2019] FCA 1109,  360 Capital FM Ltd v Asia Pacific Data Centre Ltd (2018) 130 ACSR 212; [2018] NSWSC 1375 and Qantas Superannuation Limited v McAulay [2019] FCA 109.

The degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) was conferred on Dr Austin “in recognition of his extensive contribution to the practice of corporate and commercial law in Australia as well as his exemplary service to the academic sphere and the teaching of law”, at a graduation ceremony at the University of Sydney on 11 December 2019: The Honourable Dr Robert Austin receives Doctor of Laws.  See the Citation for the honorary degree and Dr Austin’s Occasional Address to the audience at the ceremony.

Dr Austin is co-author of Ford, Austin and Ramsay’s Principles of Corporations Law (LexisNexis, 17th edition, 2018, and looseleaf), Austin and Black’s Annotated Corporations Act (LexisNexis, looseleaf), and Austin, Ford and Ramsay on Company Directors (2005), and many articles and papers on corporate law.

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Barrister: 1973

Areas of Practice:
Corporate Insolvency
Financial services

CV Available Upon Request

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