Bob Baxt

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Bob Baxt
Born(1938-06-27)27 June 1938
Shanghai, China
Died11 March 2018(2018-03-11) (aged 79)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
EducationWyvern House
Newington College
University of Sydney
Spouse(s)Ruth Baxt

Robert Baxt AO (27 June 1938 – 11 March 2018) was an Australian lawyer and a chairman of the Trade Practices Commission (now the ACCC), dean of law at Monash University and a professorial fellow of the University of Melbourne.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Baxt was born in Shanghai, China, raised in Australia, where his family had moved in 1947. He was educated at Newington College (1947–1955), commencing as a preparatory school student in Wyvern House,[3] and the University of Sydney.

Legal career[edit]

Baxt was a partner of the Australian commercial law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He initially joined Freehills as a solicitor in 1965 before entering academia.[4] From 1980–1988, he was dean of the Monash University Faculty of Law. From 1991–2004, he was a partner at Allens Arthur Robinson. He rejoined Freehills in January 2005 and became an emeritus partner.

Baxt was involved in a number of Australian legal publications. He was the founder and then general editor of the Company and Securities Law Journal as well as the Australian Business Law Review.[5] He was also editor of the monthly newsletter on corporate regulation, The Baxt Report. In his time as an academic, he was also an editor of the Monash University Law Review.[6]



  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia (Crown Content Melb, 2007) pp 217: Baxt, Robert "Bob" (1938 – )
  2. ^ Former Trade Practices Commission Chief Bob Baxt Dies Aged 79
  3. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp11
  4. ^ Herbert Smith Freehills – Bob Baxt
  5. ^ Freehills – Article – Bob Baxt AO moves to Freehills
  6. ^ Monash Law Review Archived 21 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ It's an Honour
  8. ^ It's an Honour