Nigel Wilson is an Australian barrister whose expertise is in commercial and civil, insurance, competition, technology, regulatory law and indigenous rights.

Nigel has 26 years’ experience as a barrister and has appeared as Counsel in all levels of the Australian Courts (High Court, Federal, Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts) and in the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and State Tribunals.

Nigel has also held roles as General Counsel of the largest private company in South Australia and then as General Counsel and Head of Governance of the Indigenous Land Corporation, Australia's peak national indigenous land acquisition and land management corporation.

His approach as a barrister is driven by achieving positive, commercial and sound outcomes.

As counsel, he has acted for Commonwealth and South Australian regulatory agencies (including the ACCC and ASIC), the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the South Australian Auditor-General, international and national insurers, Law Claims, Universities, councils, The Public Trustee, corporations (public and private), directors, liquidators, administrators and numerous private clients.

He has acted as counsel in all aspects of highly complex litigation and practice, including in negotiations, investigations, statutory examinations, pleadings and interlocutory hearings, mediations and arbitrations, trials, appeals, enforcement of judgments and the taxation of costs.

Nigel is also a legal researcher and academic and has published extensively in national and international journals in his areas of expertise.

He has been the President of the Australian Insurance Law Association (SA) since 2015.

In 2014 his contribution to the South Australian Bar Association as the foundation Secretary and Convenor of the SABA Bar Reader’s Course and Reading Programme from 2001-2008 was recognised by the award of the annual SABA perpetual lecture.


Professional Employment and Appointments

Professional qualifications

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia


Barrister, Australis Chambers


General Counsel and Head of Governance, Indigenous Land Corporation


Barrister, Australis Chambers

General Counsel, Peregrine Corporation

Barrister, Bar Chambers
Barrister, Bar Chambers, 1995-2016 (Associate Member 2011-2016)
Director & Company Secretary, Bar Chambers Pty Ltd 2003-2010
Chair, Bar Chambers Library Committee 1998-2010
Chair, Bar Chambers Information Technology Committee 1998-2010

Director, Adelaide Arcade Pty Ltd

Barrister and Solicitor, Minter Ellison Baker O’Loughlin
Barrister and Solicitor, 1993-1995
Law Clerk, 1991-1992

Marshal to Mr Justice Latham, Justice of the English High Court, United Kingdom
July 1993

Law Clerk, Genders Wilson and Partners

Memberships and Committees

South Australian Bar Association
SABA Member 1995-present
Secretary & Convenor, SABA Bar Readers’ Course Committee (now SABA Membership Committee) 2001-2008
SABA Bar Readers’ Course Committee 2001-2016
SABA Sponsorship Committee 2008-2010

Australian Insurance Law Association
President, AILA (SA) 2015-present
AILA Member 1993-present
Executive Committee, AILA (SA) 2015-present
AILA Annual Conference 2016 Organising Committee 2016

Law Council of Australia
Member, Federal Litigation Section 1997-present
Member, Competition & Consumer Law Committee 2008-present

Law Society of South Australia
LSSA Member 1993-2012, 2016-present
Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1995-1998

Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association
ANZSLA Member 1991-present
ANZSLA Annual Conference 2014 Organising Committee 2014

Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association
AMPLA Member 2007-present

Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand
IPSANZ Member 2007-present

Personal and Professional Assistance (PAPA) Panel
2002 – 2016

Indigenous Mentoring Programme, Member
2008 – 2016


University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

Senior Lecturer (tenured), University of Adelaide Law School
Director, Technology Regulation & Information Policy Research Group
Special Counsel (Legal and Regulatory), Convergent Communications Research Group
Assistant Director, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion
Director, Postgraduate Coursework Committee
Member, Postgraduate Coursework Committee
Chair, International Workshop on e-Forensics Law, e-Forensics 2009 Conference
Chair, Evidence & Technology Sub-Committee, South Australian Law Reform Institute
Key Researcher and Research Programme Leader,
CyberSecurity Co-operative Research Centre (CyberCRC) bid consortium (value AU$70m)
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Course Co-ordinator
Evidence & Proof in Theory & Practice, Bachelor of Laws    2011-2015
Technology, Law and Society, Master of Laws
Insurance Law, Master of Laws
Negligence and Intentional Wrongs, Master of Laws

Tutor & Examiner, Law of Torts (part-time)
1992, 1994-1995
Tutor, Law of Evidence (part-time)

Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Computer & Security Science


Scholarships, Appointments and Recognition:

South Australian Bar Association - Nigel Wilson Annual Lecture
Awarded by the South Australian Bar Association (SABA) in 2014 in recognition of service and contribution to the SABA, in particular to the SABA Bar Readers’ Course from 2001-2011

Ambassador, Adelaide Convention Bureau
By appointment of the South Australian Minister for Tourism and for the City of Adelaide

International Journals (Editorial Roles) and International Research Agencies
Professional Board, Computer Law & Security Review 2008-2011
Section Editor (Law), Digital Forensics, Security & Law Journal 2011-2016
International Expert Referee, Flanders Research Foundation 2014

National Journals (invited reviewer)
Federal Law Review
Media & Arts Law Review
University of Tasmania Law Review

University of Oxford Overseas Bursary

Knox & Hargrave Sesquicentenary Postgraduate Scholarship in Law

Australian Insurance Law Association Travelling Fellowship
Best paper written by a person aged 30 years and under