Royal Commissions

Emily Allan

Emily comes to the Bar with over 10 years of experience as a solicitor-advocate in criminal law.  She has appeared regularly in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts in plea hearings, contested committals, appeals against sentence, bail applications, and contraventions. Emily has also appeared in the County Koori Court. Immediately prior to being called to …

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Damien Hannan

His significant trial experience, coupled with his ability to provide strategic advice, make Damien an invaluable asset when it comes to defending criminal cases.  Clients can trust in Damien’s expertise, breadth of knowledge, and unwavering dedication to securing the best possible results in their legal affairs. Trial Work: Damien Hannan is a highly experienced criminal …

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Catherine Jones Williams

Background: Prior to joining the Bar, Catherine provided specialist litigation support to Ruth Shann (now SC) and Neil Clelland KC in the successful defence of two significant regulatory prosecutions – CDPP v O’Mara (an ACCC criminal cartel case) and VWA v Agarwal (a medical fraud case involving 123 charges). These cases spanned over two and …

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Michael Reardon

Michael has a broad civil and criminal practice, advising and appearing at trial and appellate level. His civil practice focuses on insurance litigation, building and construction, probate and Part IV proceedings. He has also appeared as counsel in judicial review applications, confiscation proceedings and coronial inquests. Michael’s criminal and regulatory experience spans the full spectrum …

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Veronika Drago

Veronika Drago

Veronika accepts briefs in all criminal matters and appears in all jurisdictions. Prior to being called to the Bar, Veronika worked as a solicitor advocate in criminal law in private practice at Doogue & O’Brien (now Doogue + George) and Slater and Gordon. She also worked as a solicitor advocate at the Aboriginal and Torres …

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Lindy Barrett

Lindy Barrett

Lindy has appeared in the Supreme (including Appeals), County and Magistrates’ Courts in Victoria, as well as the Federal Court, VCAT and various Royal Commissions. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Julie Zhou

Julie Zhou

Before coming to the Bar, Julie was senior in-house counsel at Monash University where she acted for and advised the University on issues of public and administrative law, disciplinary proceedings, discrimination and negligence claims. Julie was also in-house counsel for State and Federal governments in the ACT and in Victoria. She was a solicitor advocate …

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James Portelli

James regularly appears in trials involving serious sexual offences, serious assaults, property, fraud and drug offences in the County Court.  Before coming to the Bar, James was a criminal solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions. Prior to this, James was associate to his Honour Judge Ryan at the County Court. He commenced his career working at a …

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Jacob Fronistas O.A.M.

Jacob Fronistas O.A.M.

He has also appeared in the Family Court of Australia in cases involving property, children, child support and other related matters. He also done numerous Intervention Order cases, including breaches of Intervention Orders. Jacob has a Physiology major as part of his Science degree and also studied Medical Law and Biomedical Ethics and the Law …

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Georgia McMaster

Georgia McMaster

A barrister specialising in criminal jury trials and appeals for almost twenty years, (primarily briefed by the Crown). Other briefs include conducting matters on behalf of AHPRA, duty lawyer work before the Mental Health Review Tribunal, counsel assisting / legal member in various matters such as Teacher’s Registration Board investigations, legal practitioner complaint boards, and …

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