Rod Saunders

  • Barrister - victorian bar
  • Owen Dixon Chambers West, Room 1501, 525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • BAR ROLL: 1991 | ADMITTED: 1984
  • +61 3 9225 8570 | 0418 440 877
Rod Saunders Barrister

Rod has over twenty five years commercial litigation experience and practises as a nationally accredited mediator. He mediates across a wide-range of disputes including contract, property, corporations, insolvency, intellectual property, competition and consumer law, and equity. Rod can provide mediation facilities free of charge on level 15, Owen Dixon Chambers West.
From 2002 to 2010 Rod worked as a solicitor with Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers, where he became a partner. He acted for national and international clients in Federal and Supreme Court litigation and appeals. He also helped develop the firm’s anti-counterfeit and Customs seizure practice.

Rod’s experience as counsel includes:

  • Junior counsel to Mandie QC acting for the successful Appellant (Plaintiff) in the High Court appeal of Krakowski v Eurolynx (1993) 183 CLR 563 (property-misrepresentation-civil fraud);
  • Junior counsel to Olle, J acting for the Department of Justice in the Port Philip Prison Coronial Inquiries into Deaths in Custody;
  • Acting for a major participant in the Metropolitan Ambulance Service (Integraph) Royal Commission into the tendering of Victoria’s emergency call service;
  • Junior counsel to various other silks including: Nettle QC, Uren QC, Gillard (W) QC, Richter QC, Dunn QC, Hargrave QC and Jolson QC.
Rod has previously taught property and real estate law at R.M.I.T. as part of the Estate Agents’ qualification course.

“Trade Marks” - co-author chapter 7.7 Law Handbook 2017, 2018
“Preparing for Mediation” - Legalwise Civil Procedure Practicum 22 June 2018
“Settling Litigation”: A road-map - Presentation to North Western solicitors’ group 8 August 2017
“Regulatory Enforcement Conference: legal professional privilege and privilege against self-incrimination” - Legalwise, November 2016
“Stay applications: Concurrent civil and criminal proceedings” - Law Institute Journal, June 2011
“Acting for civil clients with criminal exposure” - (co-presenter)  Commercial Bar Association 2001.
Commercial Bar Association
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand


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