Senior Legal Officer
Dr William Isdale joined the ALRC in January 2021 as a Senior Legal Officer. In this role, he leads research and writing for specific aspects of ALRC inquiries.
At the ALRC, William has worked on the following Inquiry:
Prior to joining the ALRC, William worked as a solicitor with MinterEllison, where he specialised in financial services regulation and commercial legal advice. Before commencing practice he was an Associate to the Hon. Justice John Dowsett AM on the Federal Court of Australia.
William holds a PhD in law from the University of Queensland, for a thesis on native title compensation. He was supervised by Adjunct Professors Jonathan Fulcher and the Hon. Justice Andrew Greenwood (a judge of the Federal Court of Australia). His thesis addressed issues relating to native title law, tort law, constitutional law, and the law of remedies. His thesis won the 2021 Holt Prize, and will be published as a book by Federation Press in 2022.
William also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University. He is currently studying part-time for an LLM in International Financial and Commercial Law with King’s College London.
He is a weekly contributor of case notes to the Queensland Law Reporter, and has published a number of academic articles on issues in both private and public law. He is an Adjunct Fellow of the T.C. Beirne School of Law, at the University of Queensland.
Australian Public Law Blog Article by Dr William Isdale and Sarah FultonRead more
In its just-released report, Without Fear of Favour: Judicial Impartiality and the Law on Bias, the Australian Law Reform Commission has outlined 14 recommendations which, if adopted, will buttress impartial decision-making and help maintain the legitimacy of the federal judiciary in a changing world. This article outlines the context for the Inquiry, consultation views and empirical data considered by the ALRC, and summarises a number of the report’s key recommendations.Read more
Delve into the praise and critique of the ALRC’s proposals and questions raised in Interim Report A of the Financial Services Legislation Inquiry in this recorded webinar held on Friday 17 June 2022. Watch the recording to understand what we’ve heard so far, and how this feedback will shape the ALRC’s approach to the simplification of financial services and corporations legislation.Read more
Australian Law Journal Article by Nicholas Simoes da Silva and Dr William Isdale.Read more
The ALRC congratulates Senior Legal Officer Dr William Isdale on the publishing of his book, Compensation for Native Title.Read more
Shifting sands in the regulation of financial risk: the ALRC’s new Background Paper on Risk and Reform in Australian Financial Services Law
In a new Background Paper — Risk and Reform in Australian Financial Services Law (FSL5) — the Australian Law Reform Commission explores how an evolution in thinking about risk has been an important driver of financial services law reform. In particular, the Paper reveals how the ‘shifting sands’ of regulatory approaches have resulted in legislation that is unwieldy and extraordinarily complex.Read more
Australian Public Law Blog Article by Dr William Isdale and Nicholas Simoes da SilvaRead more
On Thursday 10 February 2022, the Australian Law Reform Commission hosted a webinar to delve deeper into key proposals and questions from Interim Report A of the ALRC’s ongoing Financial Services Legislation Inquiry. The webinar offered perspectives on three key questions: Why should we seek to reduce the complexity of corporations and financial services legislation? …Read more
Proctor Article by Dr William Isdale and Christopher AshRead more