Paul Edwin Blacket SC

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Mediation and acting as Mediator
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Coroner’s Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry
  • Corporations Law
  • Dust Diseases
  • Employment and industrial
  • Equity
  • Insurance Law
  • Mediation/ Mediator
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence


  • All Australian States and Territories. I am admitted to New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT but appear in all jurisdictions including the Northern Territory and Western Australia


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Sydney 1971, LlB 1974


Date of Admissions a Solicitor: 1975
Called to the Bar: 1978
Appointed Senior Counsel: 1999

Professional Career

Paul has a broad practice in Common Law jurisdictions. Particular emphasis in recent years has been on the areas of Medical Malpractice, Aircraft Disasters (the Malaysian Airlines cases), Malicious Prosecution, and Claims Against Government Authorities arising out of the detention and ill-treatment of prisoners (the Dondale Juvenile Detention cases in the Northern Territory, Professional Negligence Claims involving solicitors, hospitals and doctors, Disciplinary Proceedings involving professionals including medical practitioners (Paul was a member of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal New South Wales dealing with complaints involving barristers), Mediations, principally acting as Mediator. For a number of years, Paul was a District, Supreme Court and Dust Diseases Tribunal Arbitrator and Mediator. He now concentrates on Private Mediations. Paul is currently engaged in major litigation involving a partnership dispute of rural property and an intergenerational family dispute concerning the disposal of farming assets, both actions commenced in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Paul’s interests include the area of undue influence in succession matters, white-collar fraud and improper conduct on the part of directors of corporations; arson and general insurance matters, particularly where fraud is involved

Examples of recent cases

  • Beckett v State of NSW [2013] NSWSC, [2015] NSWSC 1017, [2012] NSWCA 114
  • Withyman v State of NSW [2010] NSWDC 186
  • Trade Union Royal Commission [2011]
  • Wilkie v Woolworths [2014] FCC
  • Marshall v Fleming [2010] NSWSC 86
  • Younes v Parven (Medical Negligence Catastrophic Injury settlement approved, Supreme Court) [2018]
  • Nyciuk v Insurance Australia Ltd trading as NRMA Insurance (post traumatic damages assessment for infant autistic child) settlement approved
  • Lee v Malaysian Airline System Gerhardt (Administrator Appointed) [2021] NSWSC
  • Voller v Northern Territory of Australia [2017] NTSC 78
  • Guard v Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd [2019] NSWDC 254 (catastrophic brain injury)
  • Cooper v State of New South Wales [2019] NSWDC 20 (Common Law duties of police officers)

Outside Interests

Paul has been the Secretary of the Canterbury Rugby Union Club Ltd since 1998 which is the only suburban rugby club in the metropolitan area that owns its own ground. He is also an Assistant Manager and has been for many years, of the University of Sydney Rugby Club in Colts and Grade teams. He has a general interest in sports including rugby, tennis, and swimming and participates when Court time permits him in the New South Wales Bar Walking Group. He is a keen gardener. Heis a subscriber to the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre and the Australian Opera. He collects classical CDs and is interested in Art and Ceramics. He is married with three adult children.


Dust Diseases Tribunal Contribution Assessor

Former District and Supreme Court Arbitrator and Mediator