Tony Neal QC has a diverse civil and administrative law practice. Tony has a well-earned reputation for meticulous preparation and for his in-court skills, particularly as a cross-examiner. Whilst his practice spans most aspects of contract, tort and property-based disputes, as well as administrative law, Tony also has recognised expertise in the areas of building and construction and in native title.
Tony also acts as a nationally accredited mediator in civil matters. He is Chairman of the Victorian Bar’s ADR Sub-Committee and an instructor in their well regarded Lawyers Mediation Certificate Course. Tony's skills as a mediator were recognised by his appointment to the panel to whom the Federal Court refers mediation of native title matters.
Tony recently appeared for the mine owners before the Board of Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine and for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Court of Appeal in an action to dismiss the Committee of Management of the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust. He also advised the Noongar people in their recent, historic settlement agreement with the W.A. Government. The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department has engaged Tony to undertake a substantial consultancy relating to proposed changes to the Attorney's funding of respondents in native title matters.