The Hon Bernard Michael MURPHY

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 13.6.2011
Location: Melbourne

Bernard Michael Murphy was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in June 2011.

Justice Murphy graduated from Monash University and was admitted as a practitioner in 1980. He was Senior Partner of law firm Slater and Gordon from 1990 to 1995, and Chair of law firm Maurice Blackburn from 2005 until appointment to the Court. He practised initially in common law litigation, then industrial law, and from 1998 he headed Maurice Blackburn’s national class actions practice specializing in class action litigation relating to directors’ duties, corporate conduct, and cartel conduct. He conducted, supervised or advised on more than 30 class actions in this period.

He is a senior fellow of the University of Melbourne, lecturing in class action law.


Associateship applications

Justice Murphy’s next available associateship period will commence in June 2020 and his Honour is currently accepting applications for that period. If you wish to apply, please forward your cover letter, CV and academic transcript to his Honour’s Executive Assistant, at

If you wish to enquire about future associateship periods, please contact his Honour’s Executive Assistant.