Hall & Wilcox acts for Novak Djokovic in successful application to have visa reinstated


Hall & Wilcox is acting for Novak Djokovic in relation to the successful motion to quash the cancellation of his visa to enter Australia. Natalie Bannister has led this matter since Mr Djokovic’s arrival in Australia, supported by Penelope Ford, Graydon Dowd and a team of lawyers and support professionals.

Hall & Wilcox briefed counsel including Paul Holdenson QC, Nick Wood SC, Nik Dragojlovic and Jim Hartley.

The issue involves whether Mr Djokovic was treated properly and provided procedural fairness when he entered the country. Judge Kelly ordered that the decision to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa be quashed and that Mr Djokovic be released from detention.

Natalie and the team have worked extremely hard and under intense pressure to support Mr Djokovic and successfully have his visa reinstated. We are proud of this result and delighted for our client.

Mr Djokovic attended our Melbourne office for the hearing. This attendance was in accordance with our COVID-19 vaccination policy, under a medical exemption approved by our COVID officer and Managing Partner.

We understand that there is a lot of interest in the case. We will comment further in due course.


Tony Macvean

As Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox for over 15 years, Tony has led the firm through substantial growth.

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Melanie Smith

Director – Business Development, Marketing and Communications

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