Phillip Hamilton has been a prominent practitioner in fields including commercial and property law and litigation, as well as wills, deceased estates and conveyancing.

Professor Hamilton has taken special interest in testators’ family maintenance litigation and administration on behalf of people under disabilities, under the Guardianship and Administration Act

He has been President of both the Society of Notaries of Victoria (twice) and of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries, of which he was also a foundation member.

He is well-known as a presenter, especially on notarial practice, in which he is the Associate Director and a Professorial Associate, in the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. He has presented courses of instruction and occasional papers in Adelaide, Sydney and throughout New Zealand. He prepares notarial certificates in Spanish and French as well as English, for all countries of the world. He has written articles on the role of notaries and on international legalisation procedures. His clients include ‘top fifty’ companies, patent attorneys and major law firms.

Professor Hamilton is a keen advocate of and a prominent teacher in the field of plain language writing and has written articles and presented widely in this area.

Professor Hamilton’s last book was the ‘Business and Franchising Practice Manual’ (2007).

Professor Hamilton’s two articles, published in the Law institute Journal, on ‘Trees and the Law’ provide Victorian lawyers with a concise statement of the law in this very volatile area – trees are a source of constant friction between neighbours.

Professor Hamilton has always taken pride in giving clients personal, ‘hands-on’ care and in seeking cost-effective solutions. Mediation is a regular tool in achieving this.