LL. B. (Hons) (Q.U.B.)
14 April 1999
Signed Bar Roll:
18 November 1999
William Crockett Chambers
Floor 6, Room 03
530 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Admitted to Practice:
Areas of Practice:
- Criminal Law
- Employment Law
- Family Law
- Industrial Relations
- Public Law
- Wills & Estates
Cahal has over 17 years experience at the Victorian Bar.
He has a particular interest in public law and instructs, and updates course materials, in the subject at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law on both the practical training course and continuing professional developments course. He is committed to legal education and continuing professional development.
Judicial and Administrative (Tribunal) review.
Cases in which he has appeared include:
- VBAO v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (2006) 233 CLR1
- Sok v MIMIA  FCAFC 56;
- Applicant M169 of 2003 v MIMIA  FCAFC 311;
- Applicant M164/2002 v MIMIA  FCAFC 16;
- VNAA v MIMIA  FCAFC 134
- Ismail v Rustom  VSC 625
- Zion-Shalom v Magistrates Court of Victoria  VSC 476
- Priest v Deputy State Coroner  VSC 449
- Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria v G  VCAT 1927
- Jia v Minister for Immigration  FMCA 422
- Priest v West  VSCA 327
- MZYYC v Minister for Immigration  FCCA 1769
- Miles v Commissioner of Patents  FCAFC 109.
- MZZQY v Minister for Immigration  FCCA 262
- Fernando v Minister for Immigration  FCCA 409
He has appeared in over 50 cases in the Federal Court and in over 60 cases in the Federal Magistrates Court and Federal Circuit Court.
Family / De Facto Law
Cahal appears in property and children’s matters. He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.
Industrial and Employment Law
Cahal appears in election inquiries; employment contract disputes and Fair Work matters. He is a member of the Industrial Bar Association.
Wills and Estates
Cahal appears in Part IV claims and in claims relating to the vailidty of wills and enforcement of executors’ obligations.
Cahal appears in summary and indictable matters. He has also appeared in a number of matters under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
Cahal has published articles in the areas of employment law and migration law. He has also reviewed texts on migration law, statutory demands, Australian offshore law, and admiralty and maritime law, and criminal law.
Cahal grew up in Northern Ireland and is a graduate of the Queen’s University, Belfast in Northern Ireland. He studied for his Bar Exams in Northern Ireland. After coming to Australia, he undertook further legal studies at the University of Melbourne.
From 1995, he worked at the Federal Court of Australia and from 1997 to 1999 he was Associate to Justice Ryan of the Federal Court.
Cahal served as a member of the Victorian Bar Council from 2004 to 2007. He has also served on committees and sub-committees of the Victorian Bar. He currently serves on the Bar’s Pro Bono Committee.
Victorian Bar Committee memberships
- Pro Bono Committee