professional summary douglas john campbell qc

Masters of Law (LLM)
Cambridge University, England
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
University of Queensland
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
University of Queensland
Current (from 2004)
Senior Counsel/Queens Counsel
Current (from 2004)
Chairman Pupillage Committee Bar Association of Queensland
The Pupillage Committee manages the first year of practice of a barrister in
Queensland. It oversees the academic and practical studies for junior counsel.
Current (from 1999)
State Committee member Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
This Committee annually selects and awards a number of PhD scholarships to
the University of Cambridge, England.
Current (from 1987)
M ajor, Australian Arm y Legal Corp
Current (from 1985)
Private Practice as a Barrister
2005 – 2009
Chairman Professional Standards Committee
This Committee, formed in response to allegation of clergy abuse, regulates and
monitors the standard of behaviour of employees of the Anglican Church in
Queensland. As the inaugural Chair it was necessary to draft the protocols,
framework and processes for the required standard of conduct and ensure their
effective implementation, and where necessary, institute any disciplinary action
or refer matters to the police for action.
1997– 1998
Council Member, Bar Association of Queensland
The Counsel of the Bar Association of Queensland is the governing professional
body for Barristers admitted in the State of Queensland.
1992 – 1996
Judges Representative, Queensland Barristers Board
1986 – 1987
Lecturer, University of Queensland
Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in Restitution at the University of Queensland.
Commenced Private Practice as a Barrister
Solicitor, Freehill, Hollingdale and Page, Sydney
Associate to the Rt. Hon. Sir Harry Gibbs, Chief Justice of
the High Court of Australia, Canberra
Adm itted as a Barrister
Areas of Legal Practice
Commercial Litigation
Class Actions
Administrative Law
Personal Injuries
Intellectual Property
Trade Practices
Inquiries/Royal Commissions
Corporations and Securities
Real Property
Mr Campbell has presented papers at conferences nationally and locally, with topics including
Intellectual Property Rights, Rectification of Contracts, Military Inquiries, Restitution, Injunctions,
Damages under the Trade Practices Act, Judicial Review, Managed Investment Schemes and
Security Regulations. He was a contributing author to “Equity Issues and Trends”, Malcolm Cope
Some Selected Recent Cases
Commercial litigation
Lead Counsel in a number of class actions commenced in the Federal Court of Australia
Richards v. Macquarie Bank Ltd1. This matter concerned a claim against Macquarie Bank
arising from the collapse of Storm Financial Ltd by about 1,100 storm clients. It was
heard in Brisbane by Reeves J over 5 months. I was assisted by three junior Counsel. The
case was heard jointly with a claim by ASIC. The issues concerned an unregistered
managed investment scheme, claims for breach of contract, unconscionable conduct,
and a claim for liability as a linked credit provider under s 73 of the Trade Practices Act.
The matter has subsequently settled (subject to court approval) for $82.5 million dollars.
Lee v. Westpac Bank Ltd2. This matter also arose from the collapse of Storm Financial
Ltd. It is a class action brought against Westpac based on its involvement with Storm. It is
a continuing action likely to take 3 to 4 months to be heard by Dowsett J in the Federal
Court in Brisbane.
Lee v. Bank of Queensland Ltd3. This action is a class action also arising from the
collapse of Storm Financial. It is presently set down to be heard by Collier J in the Federal
Tracey Richards v. Macquarie Bank Ltd (Federal Court of Australia) QUD577 of 2010; Richards v. Macquarie Bank (No 2)
[2012] FCA 1403; Richards v. Macquarie Bank (No 3) [2012] FCA 1523; Richards v. Macquarie Bank (No 4) [2013] FCA
438; Richards v. Macquarie Bank Ltd (No 5) [2013 FCA 1442; Australian Securities Investments Commission v. Richards
[2013] FCAFC 89.
Federal Court of Australia QUD 211 of 2013.
Federal Court of Australia QUD 732 of 2012.
Court in Brisbane.
Clarke v. Sandhurst Trustees Ltd4. This is a class action brought in the Federal Court
against Sandhurst who was a corporate trustee of a debenture fund. It is presently on
the list of Greenwood J in the Federal Court in Brisbane.
Westpac Banking Corporation v. Knight Property Investments No.3 Pty Ltd5. This action
concerns a loan made by Westpac secured by a development site on the Gold Coast. It is
presently part heard by P Lyons J in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.
I have acted in a number of intellectual property cases in the Supreme and Federal Court
including Mizzi Family Holdings Pty Ltd v. Morellini6 and Digga Australia Pty Ltd v. Norm
Engineering Pty Ltd7.
Military Commissions
I have been Counsel assisting the HMAS Success Commission of Inquiry, conducted in Sydney by
the Hon Roger Gyles QC, a retired Federal Court Judge. I have also acted as Counsel for affected
parties in a number of other military inquiries. These have included hearings and investigations
into the death of military personnel arising from training and other incidents. I appeared as
prosecutor in a number of military “bastardisation” cases.
Commercial and Government matters
I have acted for:
the State of Queensland in Pioneer Concrete v. State of Queensland8 (a price-fixing case
commenced under the Trade Practices Act); and
the Commonwealth, in a large number of on-going Supreme Court cases arising from
defects associated with the F111 aircraft. These actions concern personal injury, product
liability against the manufacturer, and claims under an indemnity clause for work
undertaken by a contractor.
I have a strong practice in real property and equity. An example is Portland Downs Pastoral
Company Pty Ltd v. Great Northern Developments Pty Ltd9, which involved waiver and estoppel
arising in a joint venture to redevelop a residential resort on the Sunshine Coast and on appeal.
I have acted for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in a number of national and
Federal Court of Australia QUD 804 of 2013.
Supreme Court of Queensland 7887 of 2009.
Federal Court of Australia [2013] FCA 1435 Dowsett J.
Federal Court of Australia [2007] FCA 761 Greenwood J; Digga Australia Pty Ltd v. Norm Engineering Pty Ltd [2008] FCAFC
Federal Court of Australia.
Supreme Court of Queensland [2011] QSC 142.
international matters involving the disclosure of documents in criminal matters and extraditions.
Retained by the State of Queensland to act in all matters regarding the taking of evidence on
behalf of a foreign court pursuant to a letter of request (letters rogatory).
Counsel for the State of Queensland in Stephenson v. State of Queensland10. This matter
concerned the construction of a statute which permitted a plaintiff to extend the statutory
limitation period in which to commence a personal injuries action.
Indigenous cases
Mr Campbell has acted for a number of aboriginal communities including:
the Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal aboriginal communities in the mediation of the aboriginal
underpayment of wages claims;
the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council in an administrative review application seeking a
new grantee of the Hope Vale Deed of Grant of Land in Trust11;
the Kowanyama and Aurukun Shire Councils in an administrative review relating to a
liquor licence12; and
a number of parties (including the Hopevale Aboriginal Shire Council) in a Federal Court
application under the Judicial Review Act to set aside the registration of an ILUA at
Hopevale. This matter was heard by Dowsett J and a decision is pending13.
Personal Details
Mr Campbell was born in Brisbane on July 13, 1959.
He graduated from Geelong Grammar School and the University of Queensland in Law and Arts
(double major in Japanese). I completed my Masters of Law at Cambridge University, England.
He studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and was awarded AMusA.
Mr Campbell was appointed Associate to Sir Harry Gibbs, Chief Justice of the High Court of
Australia, in Canberra in 1982. He then worked as a solicitor at Freehills, Sydney prior to being
awarded a scholarship to Cambridge University where I completed a Masters of Law in 1984.
He returned to Brisbane in 1985 and commenced private practice as a barrister. He was
appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.
[2004] QSC 225; High Court of Australia (2006) 227 ALR 17.
Gibson v. Minister for Finance [2012] QSC 132.
Aurukun Shire Council v. Liquor Licensing Commission (Supreme Court Jones J [2008] QSC 305, the Court of Appeal
Aurukun Shire Council v. CEO Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing [2010] QCA 37, and application for special leave to the
High Court).
Federal Court of Australia QUD 602 of 2011.
Mr Campbell married Jane (nee Bayton) in 1996. He has three children, Isabella (16 yrs) and twin
boys James and Lachlan (14 yrs).
Level 18, Inns of Court
107 North Quay
Brisbane, 4000
Queensland, Australia
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