Bob Baxt

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Emeritus Professor
Bob Baxt AO
Born (1938-06-27) 27 June 1938 (age 79)
Shanghai, China
Nationality Australian
Education Wyvern House
Newington College
University of Sydney
Occupation Lawyer

Robert "Bob" Baxt (born 27 June 1938) is an Australian lawyer and a former Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission (now the ACCC), former Dean of Law at Monash University and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.[1]

Early life[edit]

Baxt was born in Shanghai, China, and settled in Australia in 1947. He was educated at Newington College (1947-1955), commencing as a preparatory school student in Wyvern House,[2] and the University of Sydney.

Legal career[edit]

Baxt is currently a partner of the Australian commercial law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He initially joined Freehills as a solicitor in 1965 before entering academia.[3] 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 is an emeritus partner.

Baxt is involved in a number of Australian legal publications. He is the founder and now General Editor of the Company and Securities Law Journal as well as the Australian Business Law Review.[4] He is 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.[5]



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