Manuel (Mal) Varitimos QC | Barrister-at-Law

Manuel (Mal) Varitimos has been practising as a barrister, at the private bar, for over 25 years.  Mal has practised in most areas of law.  Prior to admission as a barrister he practised as a solicitor.  His practice is internationally orientated.



Mal has acquired considerable experience and expertise in a diverse range of matters throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.  He has been retained to advise in relation to matters in eight countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and has appeared in several of these countries, including for Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers and multinational corporations.  Mal has also appeared for individuals and corporations aggrieved by ministerial and other decisions.

Mal has extensive experience appearing in major Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry in the Asia-Pacific Region including:

  • Commission of Inquiry into the Engagement of Sandline International
  • Commission of Inquiry into Transparency in Government Dealings and Accountability of Public Office Holders
  • Commission of Inquiry into National Provident Fund in Papua New Guinea
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Conduct Generally of the Privatisation Commission and Matters Relating to the Privatisation of Finance Pacific Limited and the Sale of the Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the Princess Ashika 
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the Rabaul Queen