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Jonathan Hyde

Master of Laws - University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Laws - University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts (Politics) - University of Adelaide


Admitted to the Bar 2004


Jonathan’s main areas of practice at the NSW Bar is in Public and Administrative Law. He appears predominantly in the Supreme Court of NSW and is regularly briefed by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Government agencies and statutory bodies in a range of matters.  He is retained by ASIC, the AFP, the Australian Commissioner for Law Enforcement Integrity, Transport for NSW, the NSW Police Force, Coal Services NSW and the ADF.  He has specialist knowledge in criminal matters, including white-collar crime and corruption and has appeared as counsel assisting for a number of Commonwealth agencies, including recently the Australian Commissioner for Law Enforcement Integrity. He is the author of the Lexis Nexis loose leaf service, Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime in Australia.

Jonathan has considerable experience in royal commissions, commissions of inquiry and coronial inquests and appeared for three high profile sporting bodies: Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket and Tennis Australia in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He has appeared in the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption for former Ministers of the Crown.

Jonathan has prosecuted and defended over 100 accused persons in a range of criminal offending, including major indictable offences.  In 2011 he successfully appeared for a member of the Second Commando Regiment charged with multiple counts of manslaughter in war crimes proceedings.  In 2017 he was appointed as a part-time Judge Advocate and Defence Force magistrate by Rear Admiral the Honourable Justice M. J. Slattery RANR.  Judge Advocates and Defence Force magistrates are appointed under the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982. A Defence Force magistrate is equivalent to a District Court judge sitting alone and a Judge Advocate is equivalent to a Supreme Court judge sitting with a jury in a criminal trial. General Courts-martial may impose punishments up to life imprisonment.

In 2019 Jonathan was appointed as President of the RSL NSW Disciplinary Tribunal. He is a serving ADF member and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is a former member of the Veterans Review Board.

In 2006 Jonathan deployed to Iraq on Operation Catalyst.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Arbitrators / Mediators
  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Administrative Law
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Arbitration
    • Building, Construction and Technology
    • Contracts
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Partnership disputes
    • Professional liability
    • Real property
    • Trade Practices
  • Common Law See all +Close -
    • Defamation
    • Professional indemnity
    • Professional liability
  • Criminal See all +Close -
    • Appellate
    • Fraud
    • Proceeds of crime
    • White collar and corporate crime
    • Work health and safety
  • Equity See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Family Provision
    • Property
    • Trusts
    • Wills and Estates
  • Industrial/Employment See all +Close -
    • Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Government Inquiries
  • Inquests and Inquiries See all +Close -
    • Commissions of Inquiry
    • Coronial Inquests
  • Public and Administrative Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Judicial review and administrative law
    • Merits review
    • Proceeds of crime
    • Public law
  • Mediator


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