B. Ec.& LLB (Monash) LLM (Monash)
03 November 1980
Signed Bar Roll:
20 November 1986
Admitted to Practice:
Areas of Practice:
- Administrative Law
- Children's Court
- Coronial Inquests
- Criminal Law
- Intervention Orders
- Motor Traffic Law
- Proceeds of Crime
Counsel’s practice at the Bar has involved mainly appearing in all types of criminal cases ranging from summary hearings in the Children’s and Magistrates’ Court, Committals, Coroner’s Court, County Court Appeals and trials, pleas and bail applications in the Supreme Court and appearances in the Court of Appeal.
The majority of appearances currently are in the County Court criminal jurisdiction. Counsel’s trial work has involved both prosecution and defence work in fraud, drug, assaults, rape, incest etc. Counsel has been involved in a major drug trial of 3 months duration where the principal offender received a life sentence.
Counsel has also been involved in many Civil and Commercial cases in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts. This has included conducting a number of causes in the County Court. Matters included Contractual, Tort, Copyright, Building, Wills etc. appearances and advice.
- Counsel has also appeared in:
- Magistrates’ Court – Family Violence matters;
- Federal Circuit Court – Maintenance, Property, Residence and Contact matters;
- Equal Opportunity Board;
- Guardianship Board; and
- advised in administrative appeals such as Social Security and Medical Board.
1980 – 1982 – Employed in Taxation Office. Graduate recruit in assessing, recovery and inquiries section. Employed as a Solicitor carrying out all types of Criminal and Civil work in private practise early to mid-1982.
1982 – 1986 – Employed as a Legal Officer, Senior Legal Officer and Acting Principal Legal Officer in the Prosecution section of the Commonwealth Deputy Crown Solicitor’s Office in Melbourne. Which became the Special Prosecutions Office and then the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. Work involved personally appearing in and instructing in all manner of Commonwealth Prosecutions (Summary, Committals, Trials and Appeals) such as Frauds on the Commonwealth, drug cases, customs and quarantine etc.
Academic Position / Published Articles:
1993-1996 Victorian University – Tutor in Business and Trade Practices Law
Pro bono practice
Conducted matters for community legal centres