The Hon Bernard Michael MURPHY

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 13.6.2011
Location: Melbourne

Justice Murphy graduated from Monash University and was admitted as a practitioner in 1980. He was Senior Partner of law firm Slater and Gordon from 1990 to 1995, and Chair of law firm Maurice Blackburn from 2005 until appointment to the Court in June 2011. From 1998 to 2011 he headed Maurice Blackburn’s national class actions practice primarily specializing in class action litigation relating to directors’ duties, corporate conduct, and cartel conduct, in which period he conducted, supervised or advised on more than 30 class actions. Since appointment to the Court he has case managed and/or heard a large number of class actions both as a trial judge and at an appellate level. He is a Principal Fellow of the Melbourne University Law School, lecturing in class action law. 

Associateship applications

Justice Murphy has appointed an associate until July 2024 and is not accepting applications at this time.  If you have any questions about associate applications, please email his Honour’s Executive Assistant at

General information about the associate positions can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website.

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