ALRC Contributor

Dr William Isdale

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.


Compensation for Native Title – Holt Prize winning book published

The ALRC congratulates Senior Legal Officer Dr William Isdale on the publishing of his book, Compensation for Native Title. 

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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.

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Tidying our house of law: bringing the Marie Kondo philosophy to the Commonwealth statute book

Australian Public Law Blog Article by Dr William Isdale and Nicholas Simoes da Silva

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RECORDING Reducing Complexity: Why? Where? How?

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?

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Cutting back the thicket of corporations and financial services law

Proctor Article by Dr William Isdale and Christopher Ash

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Undue complexity in Australia’s corporations and financial services legislation

This article discusses two of the key themes arising so far from the ALRC’s review into corporations and financial services law – namely, undue complexity, and poor navigability. It also provides a brief overview of some of the reforms suggested in Interim Report A, released on 30 November 2021.

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ALRC legal officer awarded top publishing prize

The 2021 Holt Prize has been awarded to William Isdale, Senior Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The ALRC warmly congratulates William as the recipient of the award for excellence in unpublished legal works, for his manuscript entitled ‘Compensation for Native Title’. The Holt Prize is awarded every two years to a

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Legislative morass and the rule of law: a warning, and some possible solutions

Australian Public Law Blog Article by William Isdale and Christopher Ash

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You’re almost 20, Corporations Act

A witty dialogue about the Corporations Act that is a by-product of the current research being undertaken by ALRC as part of the Financial Service Legislation Inquiry.

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Developing the law reform mindset: reflections on the move from private practice to the ALRC

What is the ‘law reform mindset’? It seems to consist of five key features, which are discussed in this short piece.

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