Gordon Hughes AM

Gordon Hughes AM

Principal Lawyer
AM, LL.B(Hons), LL.M, Ph.D, FAAL
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Dr Hughes is a principal lawyer in the firm’s Litigation and Commercialisation practice. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he was a partner at Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson). He is an acknowledged expert in the area of intellectual property commercialisation, information technology law, eCommerce, and data protection.  Dr Hughes is a former president of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Council of Australia and LAWASIA, a former chair of the Law Council’s International Law Section, and current chair of LAWASIA’s Business Law Section and of the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association. He is a qualified arbitrator and a former part-time member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 

Dr Hughes has authored,  co-authored and/or edited nine legal texts, including ‘Data Protection in Australia’ , ‘Computer Contracts: Principles and Precedents’, and ‘Trade Secrets and Privacy.’ He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Law Awards in 2004 and various honorary  life memberships of Australian and international professional associations.  He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2011.

In 2017, Dr Hughes was awarded an Order of Australia “for significant service to the law, to professional organisations and to international affairs and legal practice in the Asia-Pacific region”.


  • Order of Australia (AM) 2017
  • Honorary Life Member, LAWASIA, 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Australian Law Awards, 2004
  • Honorary Life Membership, Law Institute of Victoria, 2001
  • Honorary Life Membership, Victorian Society for Computers and the Law, 1999
  • Rogers Legal Writing Award (for best article published in Law Institute Journal), awarded by Law Institute of Victoria, 1996
  • Menzies Scholarship (for research into computers and the law), awarded by the Australia-Britain Society, 1986
  • Who’s Who Legal: Australia: Recognised as a leading data lawyer, 2019 & 2020
  • Doyle’s Guide:
    • Listed as ‘Preeminent’ in Leading Victoria Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers 2019
    • Recommended as a Leading Victorian Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyer 2020
    • Listed as a Leading Victorian Non-Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyer 2020



  • President: Law Institute of Victoria, 1992 – 1993
  • President: Law Council of Australia, 1999 – 2000
  • President: LAWASIA, 2001– 2003
  • Chair: International Law Section, Law Council of Australia, 2008 – 2014
  • Chair: Business Law Section, LAWASIA, 2015 to date
  • Chair: South Pacific lawyers’ Association, 2017 to date
  • Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, School of Business and Law, 2005 – 2014
  • Professional-in-residence, Monash University Law School, 2015


  • Chairman: Board of Examiners for Barristers and Solicitors (Victoria), 1992
  • President: Victorian Society for Computers and the Law, 1991 – 1994
  • Part-time member: Victorian Law Reform Commission, 1992
  • Member: Victoria Law Reform Commission Advisory Committee on Workplace Privacy and Surveillance, 2002
  • Member: Electronic Commerce Advisory Council, appointed by Victorian Minister for Multimedia, 1995 – 1997
  • Member: Data Protection Advisory Council, Victorian Government, 1996
  • Member: Commonwealth Government Core Advisory Group on Privacy, appointed by Commonwealth Attorney-General, 1999 – 2001 


  • Member: LAWASIA Observer Mission to Nepal (to investigate constitutional crisis and breakdown in rule of law), 2005
  • Member: LAWASIA Observer Mission to Fiji (to investigate military takeover and threat to rule of law), 2007
  • Head of inquiry into corruption in the Fiji Magistracy, offer from Attorney-General of Fiji (appointed declined), 2007
  • Member: Eminent Persons’ Panel of Inquiry into Implication of the 1998 Malaysian Constitutional Crisis, convened by Malaysian Bar Council, 2007 – 2008
  • Member: US Task Force on Foreign Lawyers and the International Practice of Law, convened by the US Conference of Chief Justices, 2012 to date


  • LLB (Hons) University of Melbourne, 1971
  • LLM University of Melbourne, 1973
  • PhD Monash University, 1990
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Law (FAAL)

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