Arron Hartnett

Higgins Chambers


Arron was called to the bar in 2017. He practices predominately in administrative law (both merits and judicial review), regulatory proceedings, employment law and family law. Arron routinely acts for government agencies (Commonwealth and state), as well as private clients. He regularly acts for government agencies in civil penalty matters, in judicial review applications and in appeals from decisions of tribunals. He has appeared led and unled in federal and state courts and tribunals (including at the appellate level).

Arron appeared for the plaintiffs in the landmark High Court case of Love v Commonwealth of Australia (2020) 270 CLR 152; [2020] HCA 3 and also in Thoms v Commonwealth of Australia (2022) 96 ALJR 635; [2022] HCA 20 (led by Stephen Keim SC in both cases).

Prior to coming to the bar, Arron worked in the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General developing complex primary and subordinate legislation for the Queensland Parliament. His background gives him unique insight to complex statutory construction questions.

Arron is a member of the Australian Bar Association’s Ethics Committee. He regularly contributes to the Law Council of Australia’s publication ‘Chapter III’. Arron is a member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Lawyers and the Law Council of Australia’s Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section.

Arron is a sessional academic at QUT, tutoring in constitutional law and evidence.
Area of Practice Administrative and Public Law, Appellate Law, Migration, Constitutional Law, Regulatory Law, Employment Law, Workplace Investigations, Family Law.
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