Richard Murphy
Partner, Melbourne
Having served as a MinterEllison partner for more than three decades, I have extensive experience across various practice areas. These include insurance and corporate risk and, more recently, competition and regulatory law.

Litigation and disputes are the foundation of my practice, but I also handle significant advisory work and commercial transactions.

Clients see me as a trusted adviser. They also value my depth of experience and ability to ‘cut through’ to the real issues, both legal and tactical. Working with an outstanding team, I am committed to providing the quality of service, responsiveness and timeliness that clients expect.

Career highlights

  • Singapore Airlines  and Singapore Airlines Cargo  – defended a class action and handled an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) investigation into an alleged international air cargo price-fixing cartel
  • Consolidated Media Holdings, Consolidated Press Holdings and James Packer ­– acted in proceedings brought by the special purpose liquidator of One.Tel Limited and in related appeals
  • A senior executive of Visy Board – represented client in high-profile litigation proceedings brought by the ACCC in Australia and the Commerce Commission in New Zealand alleging price‑fixing and market sharing with Amcor in the corrugated boxboard market
  • A major shipping line ­– assisted with ACCC investigations into alleged cartel conduct in connection with international liner trade
  • A listed technology company – worked on a complex arbitration related to outsourcing major public sector technology
  • Village Roadshow Limited – acted in relation to its highly successful defence and counterclaim in the Supreme Court of Victoria, which involved trade practices and other claims in excess of $200 million and a trial that lasted six months 
  • The trustees of the estate of George Adams (now Tattersall’s) – advised on a major action in the Supreme Court of Victoria relating to trustee commissions
  • Visy Industries – defended an ACCC prosecution (including an appeal to the High Court of Australia and a second appeal on penalties to the Full Federal Court) regarding alleged arrangements with a competitor in the waste disposal industry
  • Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee (LPLC) – advised the LPLC on the impact of competition policy reforms on its position as a monopoly supplier of professional indemnity insurance for lawyers and, on instructions from the LPLC, defended professional indemnity claims on behalf of many of the largest law firms in Australia