Julian Wyatt

Partner

Julian Wyatt has more than 15 years’ experience as a disputes lawyer, acting predominantly in commercial disputes.  He trained and worked as a solicitor in the commercial disputes department at Minter Ellison’s Melbourne office, before moving to Switzerland, where he worked for a Geneva-based international law firm in international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration.

Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics from Monash University, a Master in International Studies (International Law & International Economics) from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a PhD, summa cum laude, in international law from the University of Geneva.  He is globally recognised as an academic in the field of international law, having lectured several courses, presented at numerous conferences and published several articles, book chapters and a 2019 book on the interpretation of treaties by international courts and tribunals.  He advises clients from around the world in relation to these issues, particularly as regards the merits of claims potentially brought under bilateral or multilateral investment treaties.

In 2018, Julian returned to Australia, set up Proxenia Legal, a small international disputes advisory practice, and joined Abrahams Meese  as a Consulting Partner. In 2020, Proxenia Legal was integrated into Abrahams Meese Lawyers and Julian became a full partner of the firm.  He deepens the firm’s dispute resolution expertise with his wide experience acting for corporations, governments and individuals before Australian and international courts and tribunals.  Julian has notably represented clients in numerous mediations, conducted litigation in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court and VCAT and acquired expertise in disputes regarding franchising, the division of assets, real estate developments, trade practices, intellectual property, insurance and financial instruments.

Julian offers clients in Australia and around the world a rare mix of substantial expertise in a wide range of fields of international law and broad experience in international disputes, including as counsel for States in several investment treaty arbitrations and annulment proceedings (under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules), for Australia in the Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan) case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and for companies and high-net-worth individuals in transnational disputes and commercial arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, AAA and Swiss Rules).  He is particularly active in the domains of finance, joint ventures and intellectual property.  He has also acted as an assistant to arbitral tribunals.  Since 2019, Julian has been recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” in Arbitration and, in 2020, was included in Who’s Who Legal Australia.

Julian is fluent in French and has advanced German-language skills, having worked on disputes and published in both of these languages.

Career highlights

  • Briefed to act as local arbitration counsel for a Melbourne-based world-leading research institution in relation to an intellectual property arbitration in the United States (2020-)
  • Successfully defended (with all court appearances) a media company in County Court of Victoria breach-of-confidence proceedings, obtaining full reimbursement of legal costs charged (2019-2020)
  • Obtained, through action brought against insurers, a full recovery of costs caused by property damage at a Victorian industrial/warehouse complex (2019-2020)
  • Avoided bankruptcy for Melbourne business owner by negotiating a favourable negotiated settlement against a secured creditor in a County Court of Victoria judicial resolution conference (2018-2019)
  • As part of team of three arbitration counsel representing a multinational technology company, cross-examined 2 of 4 witnesses in an ICC patent arbitration under German law (2016−2017)
  • Acted as counsel for an ultra-high net worth individual in a US$3-billion Paris-seated ICC arbitration (with systems of both civil and common law applicable) relating to banking services, international trading companies and complex investment funds (2015-2018)
  • Acted as counsel for Turkey in an annulment proceeding brought under Article 52 of the ICSID Convention against an arbitral award rendered in 2014 in relation to a Dutch-incorporated joint venture’s construction project (2014−2015)