Harlis Kirimof

  • Barrister - victorian bar
  • Owen Dixon Chambers West, Room 0412, 525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • BAR ROLL: 2013 | ADMITTED: 2013
  • +61 3 9225 6824 | 0447 071 919
  • hkirimof@vicbar.com.au
Harlis Kirimof Barrister

Areas of Expertise:

  • Taxation Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Appeals

Harlis was called to the Bar after two years at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as a tax adviser specialising in fringe benefits tax, superannuation guarantee, payroll tax and WorkCover. His clients included Members Equity Bank, BMW Australia and CityWide.

He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne. Harlis received a scholarship from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, New York, to attend the Hague Academy for International Law to undertake post-graduate study in private international law.

Since 2013, Harlis has appeared widely in varied state and federal jurisdictions including the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court, and the Supreme Courts of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia.

Harlis practices predominantly in civil and commercial law, and has developed a specialised criminal practice.

In his civil and commercial practice, Harlis has advised clients in relation to a diverse range of matters: property law, sale of goods, income taxation, stamp duty, trust law, contract law, injunctions, EPA matters, removal and maintenance of caveats, and prerogative writs. He has appeared in a number of contested winding up applications and creditors petitions, as well as having accompanied multiple clients to ATO Div 353 interviews.

Harlis also appeared in the first successful habeas corpus application in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and in the first proceeding prosecuted by the Australian Taxation Office under the new promoter penalty legislation.

Harlis’ criminal practice focuses on contested hearings in summary and indictable matters.

He regularly advises on and appears in criminal appeals. He has appeared as junior counsel in a number of significant appeals concerning conspiracy to prepare for a terrorist act, admissibility of admissions in human trafficking, and unsafe verdicts based on insufficiency of evidence.

Since 2013, in addition to his Bar practice, Harlis has lectured at Deakin University.  He has taught predominantly in the law of equity, taxation law and criminal law, and also in contract law, criminal procedure, evidence, and sentencing law.

He regularly presents CPD seminars particularly on property and taxation law related topics and has published in the Journal of Judicial Administration.

Some selected civil cases:

Commissioner of Taxation v Ludekens (No 2) [2016] FCA 755; civil penalty proceeding under the promoter penalty provisions of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Wealthcare Custodians Limited v Mathews [2015] VSC 523; appeal from Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal regarding reasonable prior notice as a content of natural justice.

Tulloh v Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Corrections and Prisoners Review Board [2014] WASC 368; application for a writ of habeas corpus ad subjuciendum.

Some selected criminal cases:

Lewis v The Queen [2014] VSCA 188; appeal against conviction in respect of omissions from a prospectus lodged with ASIC;

Kenneth Patrick (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2014] VSCA 89; appeal against conviction for indecent assault on daughter concerning admissibility of opinion evidence under s 76 of the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic)

Fattal & Ors v The Queen [2013] VSCA 276; appeal against conviction and sentence for terrorism offences concerning construction of Commonwealth statutory provisions for conspiracy.


Taxation of Pensions (TV Education Network, 2016).

Property Law and Ethics (LegalWise, 2015).

Criminal Trial Process in Victoria (LawHelp Australia, 2015).

The Ethics of Advising (LegalWise, 2014).

Property Law and Ethics (LegalWise, 2014).


Harlis Kirimof and Erik Dober ‘Known unknowns: The overarching obligations of self-represented parties’ (2015) 25 Journal of Judicial Administration 28.

Pro bono:

Harlis has given his time to judge moots and preparing students for international arbitration competitions at Deakin and La Trobe Universities. This follows his own success in the ICSID International Arbitration Investment Moot held in Frankfurt, where his team were the overall winners with competitors representing over 20 law schools globally.

To get in touch with Harlis Kirimof | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or clerkb@greenslist.com.au

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