The Hon John Allaster HALLEY

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 19.03.2021
Location: Sydney

Other Commissions/Appointments:
Australian Competition Tribunal – Deputy President
Defence Force Discipline Appeals Tribunal  – Member

Justice Halley was appointed to the Federal Court on 19 March 2021.

Justice Halley graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1985. Justice Halley was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1986 and began his career as a solicitor at Allen Allen & Hemsley from 1986 to 1992.

Justice Halley was called to the Bar in 1993 and was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2008. At the Bar, he specialised in competition, corporations and commercial law (including matters involving market power, merger clearances, price fixing, market manipulation, insider trading, abuse of breaches of directors’ duties and continuous disclosure obligations). Justice Halley was also a member of the NSW Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Committee from 2008 to 2015.

Associateship applications

Justice Halley appoints two Associates, generally for a period of 18 months each. His Honour plans for his associates to commence in January and July of each relevant year on a rolling basis.

The next vacant positions will arise in January and July 2025, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Justice Halley invites interested persons to apply by 8 December 2023 for either of these positions.

Applications should indicate which year and month the candidate would like to commence and include a cover letter of no more than two pages, a brief curriculum vitae, university transcript and the details of at least two referees.

General information about the associate position can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website. If you have any queries about the process, please send an email to to the attention of the Chambers of Justice Halley. Applications can be similarly addressed.

Last updated 3 October 2023

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