1983 (Alberta, Canada)
1988 (Northern Territory)
2001 (New South Wales)
High Court, Federal Courts and Tribunals, Northern Territory
BA (Alta), LLB (Alta), LLM (Qld)
Areas of Practice
Administrative & public law, freedom of information act and evidence law.
Les McCrimmon is one of Australia’s leading experts on evidence law, advocacy and privacy. Before joining William Forster Chambers, Les was an academic at the University of Sydney and Bond University, and was Head of Law at Charles Darwin University from 2010-2012. From 2005-2009, Les held a statutory appointment as a full-time Commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission. He has also practised law as a trial and appellate lawyer in Canada before arriving permanently in Australia in 1990.
At the ALRC, Les McCrimmon led the references on the uniform Evidence Acts, privacy, and royal commissions. The privacy inquiry culminated in the landmark report For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice, a three-volume, 2700 page report containing nearly 300 recommendations for reform.
Les is the co-author of Real Property Law in Queensland and Fundamentals of Trial Techniques: Australian Edition, and has also published numerous articles and book chapters. Since 1994, he has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Australian Advocacy Institute and currently organises with the Hon Graham Hiley RFD and Alistair Wyvill SC, the Law Society NT’s annual trial Advocacy Workshop. He was a founding member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education, which is a world leader in the promotion of social justice through legal education.
- A Fellow and Board Member of the Australian Academy of Law
- Deputy President of the NT Law Reform Committee
- Member of the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- Member of the NT Legal Practitioners Disciplining Tribunal
Molchan v Omega Oil and Gas Ltd (1985) 7 DLR (4th) 216 (Alta QB) (with H Lamoureux) – oil and gas limited partnership, breach of fiduciary duty
Paramount Life Insurance Co v Singh (1986) 44 Alta LR (2nd) 166 (Alta QB) – mortgage; rectification of title
Conway v George’s Farm Centre Ltd (1986) 44 Alta LR (2nd) 115 (Alta QB) – wrongful dismissal
Paramount Life Insurance Co v Hill (1987) 34 DLR (4th) 150 (Alta CA) – forged mortgage; indefeasibility of title
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v Oil Patch Group (1988) 63 Alta LR (2nd) 135; 71 CBR (NS) 317 (Alta QB) – banking and insolvency
R v Ahmad (2011) 254 FLR 361 (with A Wyvill SC) – immigration; people smuggling
Best v Gardiner NTSC 60 (2013) (construction and interpretation of a will)
Want & Anor v Blackbear (NT) Pty Ltd  NTCA 3 (27 March 2014) (termination of a building contract)