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University of Sydney LLB

University of Sydney BA


Senior Counsel - 2006 (NSW)

Appointed to NSW Bar - 1991

Admitted as an Australian Lawyer - 1985


Employment and Industrial Law

Commercial Law

Administrative Law

Royal Commissions and Inquiries


The Modern Contract of Employment (2012)

The Modern Contract of Employment (second edition 2017)

The Reasonableness of Restraints: An Analysis of the Enforcement of Post-Employment Restraints


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Ian Neil unites the Bar’s traditional values of independent advice and persuasive advocacy with a modern approach to working collaboratively with solicitors and their clients in a national practice.

A silk since 2006, Ian works with leading law firms throughout Australia for clients in mining and resources, building and construction, banking and finance, industry, and government.

A focus of Ian’s practice is employment and industrial law.

He also appears frequently in commissions and inquiries, has a wide appellate, commercial, equity and administrative law practice in every jurisdiction in Australia, and appears in and conducts mediations and arbitrations in Australia, Hong Kong, and in the London Beth Din.

Ian is the author, with David Chin, of The Modern Contract of Employment, now the leading Australian text on the common law of employment. A second edition of this work is to be published in 2016.

Ian’s practice centres on written and oral advocacy. He teaches advocacy as a senior instructor with the Australian Advocacy Institute, and the Australian and NSW Bar Associations. He has been invited to teach advocacy throughout Australia, and in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Ian’s commitment to the Bar as a profession means that he teaches and mentors new barristers, serves on the NSW Bar Association’s Duty Barrister Scheme, and regularly takes pro bono work through the Public Interest Lawyer’s Clearing House.

For further information please refer to Ian's website.