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Mark Dobbie

Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mark Dobbie has over 40 years experience as a litigator and has acted in some of the largest high profile litigation conducted in Australia, including multi party class actions and complex corporate litigation. He focuses on commercial litigation for corporate clients including matters in Victoria, interstate and overseas, concentrating mainly on major litigation involving trade practices, commercial and contracts, professional indemnity and directors and officers. Notably Mr. Dobbie has acted as one of a select group of panel lawyers for the Victorian Legal Practitioners Liability Committee since 1992, defending barristers and solicitors in professional negligence claims and also acts for New South Wales LawCover.

He also represents corporations and their senior executives in Federal and State regulatory inquiries and investigations as well as in insurance coverage disputes in respect of professional indemnity, director and officer and third party liability issues. He is a qualified mediator and provides valuable commercial and strategic input which helps to deliver desired outcomes for his clients.


  • Recognised in Regulatory Compliance and Investigations by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018 – 2019
  • Recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2012 – 2020), Class Action Litigation (2019 - 2020), Insurance Law (2019 - 2020) and Litigation (2012 – 2020), Best Lawyers
  • Recognised as a Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyer (2015 – 2019) in Victoria, Doyles Guide
  • Recognised as one of Australia's Leading Dispute Resolution Lawyers, Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)
  • Recognised in Regulatory Compliance and Investigations by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018 – 2019

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Insurance Law Association member
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group member

Speaking Engagements

  • "D&O Liability Insurance: Issues for the Board", presented to the Australian Institute of Company Directors, June 2010

Additional Information

  • "Directors and Officers Insurance – Auditors Entitled to Indemnity" Insurance Law Journal,August 1999
  • Representing Esso Australia Ltd over a period of ten years before the Royal Commission into the 1998 Longford explosion and fire and in the defence to the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) prosecution, compensation claims, joint venture dispute and Supreme Court class action. This involved complex causation issues in respect of engineering and other process related outcomes.
  • Representing Centro Retail Limited in the largest Federal Court securities class actions in Australia commenced by hundreds of unit holders who alleged multi million dollar losses following the collapse of the company's share price when lender support was withdrawn. 
  • Representing and advising barristers and solicitors since 1992 on instructions from the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee in connection with negligence and breach of contract claims including the successful defence in the High Court of Australia challenge to barristers immunity from suit.
  • Advising the directors and officers of the former State Bank Victoria and Tricontinental Corporation Limited before the Royal Commission established by the Victorian Government to inquire into the collapse of the Tricontinental Merchant Bank.
  • Advising a former member of the National Safety Council of Australia (Victorian Division) in the Supreme Court proceedings commenced by the liquidator of the NSCA to recover millions of dollars of lost funds from its advisers and others.
  • Acting as panel lawyer or conflict lawyer for national and international insurers in all forms of liability claims involving builders, engineers, surveyors, valuers, architects and other professionals.
  • Advising and successfully defending Qantas Airways Limited in the Federal Court proceedings commenced by Aussie Airlines Pty Ltd to obtain access to the gates operated by Qantas at its Australian domestic terminals.
  • Representing Oz Minerals Holdings Limited in the multi party securities class action commenced in relation to the merger of Oxiana Limited and Zinifex Limited.
  • Representing senior executives of one of Australia's largest banks in the investigation conducted by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission into allegations of market manipulation of the Bank Bill Swap Rate.
  • Advising one of Australia's big four banks in its capacity as trustee of a number of large industry based superannuation funds. This includes acting for the trustee in the defence of numerous total (TPD) and partial (PPD) disability claims made by members of the superannuation funds throughout Australia, where the trustee has formed the view that the members did not qualify for payment of a disability benefit.