Ms Elle G Nikou Madalin

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Elle Nikou accepts briefs in a broad range of commercial, administrative and common law matters. She has experience accross all Victrorian and Federal jurisdictions, and in the High Court of Australia.

Commercial, Administrative & Common Law

Elle has advised and appeared in complex trial, appeal and interlocutory matters representing corporations, public bodies and private individuals. Her matters have involved a diverse range of industries including agriculture, asset leasing, construction, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, finance, hospitality, legal practice, media, publishing, real property, retail, incorporated associations and sports. 

Elle has also represented the State of Victoria numerous times, as well as having acted for local councils and other government and political entities.

In addition to her broad commercial experience, Elle has special experience in defamation and injurious falsehood matters acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in matters concerning both online and print publications.

As well as acting and appearing unled, Elle is frequently briefed as junior counsel assisting both Queens Counsel and senior-junior counsel.

Sports Law

Elle also practices in sports law and disciplinary matters. She has represented athletes in doping matters against ASADA and in other arbitration proceedings.

Elle regularly sits as a member of the Football Federation Victoria Disciplinary Tribunal in both its appellate and original jurisdiction (including as Chair). Elle has also recently sat as Chair of Swimming Victoria's Disciplinary Tribunal and as Chair of Hockey Victoria's Appeals Board.

From time to time, Elle also accepts briefs to head independent investigations on behalf of sporting associations, or to advise sporting associations on the drafting of their rules, by-laws and constitutions. 


In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Elle accepts briefs to appear in commercial arbitrations, including international commercial arbitrations - which are a major focus of Elle's ongoing post-graduate studies.

Other experience

Elle is presently undertaking her Masters of Commercial Law at the University of Melbourne.

From time to time Elle accepts invitations to teach and present at universities accross Victoria. She has recently been a guest lecturer in Defamation at the Australian Catholic University. She has also presented at the Women in Law Leadership Summit.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Elle practised in commercial litigation and dispute resolution at Maddocks and Piper Alderman.

Elle read with Anthony Strahan. Her senior mentor is John Karkar QC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    15 February 2012
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    23 October 2014
  • Qualifications
    BA, LLB (University of Melbourne), LLM (expected completion 2019) (University of Melbourne)

Areas of Speciality

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Insurance & Professional Negligence
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • International Law
  • Public Law
  • Sports