Barry Dunphy

Clayton Utz
Consultant Brisbane

Barry draws praise from commentators who identify him as "one of the most prominent Queensland practitioners" and "the person that government goes to for anything in Queensland.

– Chambers Asia Pacific


Barry is recognised as the leading government law expert in Queensland. With an impressive career spanning 40 years, Barry has unparalleled experience providing complex, high-level advice to government decision makers and agencies on government policy, legislative and regulatory drafting and review, judicial reviews, and integrity issues.

Notable Work
  • Advised several statutory authorities and government owned corporations on the management of conflict-of-interest issues.
  • Represented an indemnified officer during investigations by the Crime and Corruption Commission and the Public Service Commission.
  • Successfully represented the City of Gold Coast in Supreme Court proceedings brought to prevent the sale of Council assets by a local action group.
  • Advises Monash University in relation to the conduct of various Council and Academic Board elections and drafting changes to university regulations.
  • Broad range of experience in advising government on drafting and proposing legislative amendments and regulatory instructions.
  • Expertise in advising government decision makers to ensure that their decision making processes are legally valid and will survive a challenge by way of judicial review or other similar legal processes.
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