Member Profiles

Contact Details

Les McCrimmon

William Forster Chambers

Level 1
26 Harry Chan Avenue

GPO Box 4369

Tel: 08 8982 4700
Fax: 08 8941 1541

Practice Details

Admitted to the Supreme Court:
Signed the Bar Roll:

Les McCrimmon

Year and Place of Admission

1983 (Alberta, Canada)

1988 (Northern Territory)

2001 (New South Wales)


High Court, Federal Courts and Tribunals, Northern Territory


BA (Alta), LLB (Alta), LLM (Qld)

Areas of Practice

Administrative & public law, anti-discrimination, appellate practice, banking and insolvency, commercial law, including banking & finance, mortgages & securities, contract law, commissions of Inquiry, including Royal Commissions and other inquiries, common law, defamation, media and internet law, equity, including trusts and charities, human rights law, immigration, injunctions, mediations, medical negligence, privacy and freedom of information act, including Family Provisions Act cases, professional liability, private international law, including conflict of laws, real property, torts, wills and probate


Les McCrimmon is one of Australia’s leading experts on evidence law, advocacy and privacy.  Before joining William Forster Chambers, Les was an academic at the University of Sydney and Bond University, and was Head of Law at Charles Darwin University from 2010-2012. From 2005-2009, Les held a statutory appointment as a full-time Commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission. He has also practised law as a trial and appellate lawyer in Canada before arriving permanently in Australia in 1990.

At the ALRC, Les McCrimmon led the references on the uniform Evidence Acts, privacy, and royal commissions. The privacy inquiry culminated in the landmark report For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice, a three-volume, 2700 page report containing nearly 300 recommendations for reform.

Les is the co-author of Real Property Law in Queensland and Fundamentals of Trial Techniques: Australian Edition, and has also published numerous articles and book chapters. Since 1994, he has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Australian Advocacy Institute, Australia’s leading provider of advocacy training to the legal profession. He was a founding member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education, which is a world leader in the promotion of social justice through legal education.

Les is

  • A Fellow and Board Member of the Australian Academy of Law
  • Deputy President of the NT Law Reform Committee
  • Member of the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Member of the NT Legal Practitioners Disciplining Tribunal
Areas of Practice
  • Common Law/Personal Injury
  • Appellate (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Intentional Torts (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Negligence (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Professional Negligence (Common Law/Personal Injury)
  • Commercial
  • Appellate (Commercial)
  • Banking (Commercial)
  • Contractual Disputes (Commercial)
  • Corporate Insolvency (Commercial)
  • Corporations Law (Commercial)
  • Insurance (Commercial)
  • Partnership Disputes (Commercial)
  • Professional Liability (Commercial)
  • Real Property (Commercial)
  • Telecommunications and Broadcasting (Commercial)
  • Public/Administrative
  • Appellate (Public/Administrative)
  • Civil and Human Rights (Public/Administrative)
  • Disciplinary Proceedings (Public/Administrative)
  • Discrimination (Public/Administrative)
  • Judicial Review and administrative law (Public/Administrative)
  • Merits Review (Public/Administrative)
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information (Public/Administrative)
  • Equity
  • Appellate (Equity)
  • Family Provision (Equity)
  • Real Property (Equity)
  • Trusts (Equity)
  • Wills and Probate (Equity)
  • Discrimination (Industrial/Employment)
  • Inquests/Inquiries
  • Commisssions and other inquiries (Inquests/Inquiries)
  • Choice of Law (International Law)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediators (Alternative Dispute Resolution)