Alain Musikanth SC

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Year of election to the Bar:

Appointment to Senior Counsel:

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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
Arbitrators and mediators
Domestic commercial arbitration
International commercial arbitration

Building and construction
Construction and engineering
Contractual disputes
Corporate insolvency
Corporations law
International commercial arbitration
Mining and resources
Partnership disputes
Professional liability
Real property
Securities and investments


Industrial and employment
Employment contracts and restraint of trade
Industrial disputes and statutory employment rights
Workplace health and safety

Tax and revenue
Capital gains tax
Goods and services tax
Income tax
International tax

Intentional torts
Professional negligence


Coronial inquests

Regulatory offences
Workplace health and safety


Constitutional law

Public and administrative
Disciplinary proceedings
Judicial review and administrative law


Wills and estates
Contested probate



Alain Musikanth is a commercial and tax silk who has spent most of his over 25-year career practising at the independent bar.

He appears regularly at first instance and appellate level before Commonwealth and State courts and tribunals, has sat as sole arbitrator, both in Australia and abroad, and as mediator.

Alain’s experience in commercial matters is broad ranging, extending to areas including building and construction, commercial leasing, corporate (including continuous disclosure, corporate governance, directors’ duties and Market Integrity Rules), equity and trusts, insurance, maritime, mining, negligence, professional liability and property. He has also appeared in coronial inquests, employment matters and regulatory proceedings.

In the tax jurisdiction, Alain is frequently instructed in Part IVC and other contentious proceedings which have involved areas including CGT, deductions, demerger rollover relief, director penalties, foreign tax offset and tax treaty issues, fraud and evasion opinions, fuel tax, GST, judicial review (s 39B), penalties, residency, small business relief, superannuation and trusts. He is a fellow of the Tax Institute (FTI).

Before joining the WA Bar in early 2007, Alain was special counsel in the commercial litigation division of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Prior to joining Corrs in 2001, he practised as a barrister in Cape Town, South Africa for seven years.

Alain is an adjunct associate professor within the University of Western Australia Law School. He is a former president of the Law Society of Western Australia and director of the Law Council of Australia.



Date of admission: 2002 (WA), 1994 (South Africa)

Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, FTI


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