Robert Ellicott QC (rtd) Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

Robert Ellicott QC (rtd)

Called to the bar in 1950
Areas of practice

Mr Ellicott AC QC remains our honorary head of chambers. He was admitted to Queens Counsel 1964 and retired from the Bar in 2017.

Previous occupation or roles:

May 1969 to November 1973: Commonwealth Solicitor General
1970 to 1974: Australian Delegate to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
May 1974: Elected as a member of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament
1975 to 1977: Commonwealth Attorney-General
1977 to 1981: Commonwealth Minister for Home Affairs (including responsibility for arts, sport, women’s affairs and external territories)
1977 to 1980: Minister for the Capital Territory
1979 to 1981: Established the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra
1980 to 1981: Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
1981 to 1983: Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
1986 to 1996: Member of several panels of arbitrators in arbitrations relating to the value of and other issues concerning oil and gas produced off-shore Australia
1995 to date: Judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport established by International Olympic Committee at Lausanne
1998 – 2002: Judge of Ad Hoc Divisions of Court of Arbitration for Sport Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur (1998), Sydney Olympics (2000) and the Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City) (2002).
2000 to date: Judge of the Oceania Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport
2007 to date: Member of the Council of the National Judicial College of Australia as the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s representative.

Particular cases

1973: Appeared in the International Court of Justice as Counsel for Australia in the Nuclear Test Case

1986 to date: Acted as arbitrator and as counsel in number of arbitrations
Mid 1990s to date: Acted as mediator frequently in more recent times and have acted as counsel in mediations on numerous occasions
Numerous High Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court cases as counsel