Jim Micallef

Special Counsel



A senior commercial litigator, Jim specialises in media, commercial, product liability and regulatory matters, and has significant experience in successfully prosecuting and defending major claims in jurisdictions throughout Australia.

Jim has worked on contested and regulatory matters for numerous high profile clients, including British American Tobacco, Wagners, the Department of Defence, Parker, Downer and Johnson & Johnson. He has provided media advice for and against current and former members of parliament, company directors, members of the medical profession and to pro bono clients, including Domestic Violence New South Wales.

Jim previously worked as a judge's associate in the District and Supreme Courts of NSW and as a Registrar in the Local Court of NSW. He is a member of the Communications and Media Law Association.

Key deals


Acted for Denis, John, Neill and Joe Wagner in defamation proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court brought against Alan Jones, Nick Cater and Radios 2GB and 4BC over allegations relating to deaths during the 2011 Queensland floods and associated with the Wagners’ construction of the Wellcamp airport.

Department of Defence

Acted for the Department of Defence in 12 toxic tort claims brought by servicemen claiming they were exposed to toxins in the course of their service in Australia and during tours to external bases.


Acted for Nicovations in Federal Court proceedings brought against a government agency arising from its decision to not process an application for registration of a therapeutic good in accordance with the Therapeutic Goods Act.

Defamation claims

Acted for and advised on various defamation claims, including for Joe Hockey, David Baffsky AO, David Ipp AO QC, Geoffrey Watson SC, Bob and Bryan Rose, Greg Woolley, the TiVi Tuan-san, Domestic Violence NSW, the Women’s Justice Network, the Kimberley Land Council, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Vodafone, NAB, Cromwell, Cornerstone Group, Hisense and the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Lucinda Holdforth

Advised author Lucinda Holdforth on confidentiality, copyright and contempt issues associated with the publication of her book, Leading Lines.