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WorkCover/ Comcare, Administrative Law, Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Criminal Law, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration
Since coming to the Bar in 1982 David has had extensive experience in trial and appellate advocacy in the Family, County and Supreme Courts.

Also, he regularly appears in the Federal Magistrates Court, State Magistrates and Childrens Court, and VCAT.

David specialises in family and criminal law. In addition, he is developing a practice in occupational health and safety, as well as wills/testators family maintenance.

His extensive experience in the conduct of trials and mediations enables David being available to accept briefs in a wide range of legal matters with a focus on addressing complex and difficult issues.

Davids main area of practice in recent years has been in the Family Law jurisdiction. he has appeared in many trials concerning children and property.

He has appeared in 'white collar' criminal trials (eg. the Jetcorp Trial), as well as in murder,robbery and sexual offence matters.

He is a keen traveller and sports lover, coming from both a rural and city background.
Children's Court, Criminal Law, Drink Drive, Inquests, Intervention Orders
Children's Court, Criminal Law, DeFacto Property, Drink Drive, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, Intervention Orders, Probate/ Wills/ TFM
Industrial Relations, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Commercial Crime, Commercial Law, Contract, Corporations and Securities, Criminal Law, Equity/ Trusts, Family Law/ De Facto, Inquests, Insolvency Law, Insurance, Intervention Orders, Intellectual Property, Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Local Government, Occupational Licensing, Partnerships, Personal Injuries, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Road Safety, IT/ Computers, Traffic Law, VCAT, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
A highly experienced advocate and civil/commercial litigator.
Dermot’s practice includes drafting commercial documents and pleadings, advice and appearances in Courts (Magistrates / County / Federal / Supreme) and various Tribunals. Considerable experience at high value/complex arbitrations.

Valued for my pragmatic advice, understanding of business and my commercial application and interpretation of law and regulations in order to try and achieve business objectives.
Been practicing for over 20 years and have a broad, eclectic range of commercial experience and litigation skills operating in a variety of jurisdictions including UK, US and EU.

Returned in 2015 from practicing in London where I was Head of Legal and General Counsel at various companies , predominantly in the Insurance, Asset Management and Financial Services sectors.
Accredited Mediator, Children's Court, Criminal Law, Drink Drive, Guardianship and Administration, Inquests, Intervention Orders, Mental Health, Social Security/ Welfare, Traffic Law, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Dianne has 19 years of experience as a legal practitioner, five years as an advocate solicitor and 14 years as a barrister.
Dianne is a current member of the VLA Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List and holds a Victorian Bar Indictable Crime Certificate.
Her main area of practice is criminal law, including County Court pleas and appeals, Magistrates’ Court pleas, summary contested hearings and Committals/ Trials. Plus Intervention Orders and Guardianship List appearances.
She accepts briefs to appear on behalf of the Office of Public Prosecutions.
Appointed as Legal Member to Firearms Appeals Committee in August 2015. Has presided over many hearings.
Willing to travel.
Practices iyengar yoga and paragliding.


Since the end of 2014 has been appearing on behalf of the OPP in Committal and Appeal proceedings.
Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Drink Drive, Intervention Orders, Traffic Law, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Effie has been at the Victorian Bar since 1992, and has practised mainly in the areas of criminal law, and Victims of Crime Appeal Tribunal. She appears in both the Magistrates Court and County Court jurisdictions in matters which include bail applications, road traffic law and intervention orders.

Effie is fluent in Greek and is available to travel throughout Victoria.
DeFacto Property, Family Law/ De Facto, Intervention Orders
PRACTICE
Ek practices in all areas of Family Law – matrimonial or de-facto relationships – dealing with parenting and property matters. He appears at the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and Magistrates’ Court. His practice also includes appearing for Family Law clients in Intervention Order matters, arising out of family violence disputes.
Ek also appears at circuit listings throughout Victoria and is available to appear for Family Law matters outside Victoria.

BACK GROUND

Ek draws on knowledge from his previous areas of practice when dealing with Family Law matters which concern concurrent family violence or criminal law proceedings. In his early years of legal practice, Ek gained a wide range of experience from regular appearances in trials, contests and pleas at the Magistrates’ Court and County Court for criminal, intervention order (family violence and personal safety) and VOCAT matters.

Prior to joining the Bar, Ek was a solicitor at a general practice law firm and predominantly dealt with Family Law matters.

Ek can speak fluent Persian / Farsi.

Please feel free to contact Ek to discuss any matter about which he may be able to provide advice and assistance.
Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Commercial Crime, Commercial Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Drink Drive, Family Law/ De Facto, Intervention Orders, Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Motor Vehicle Property, Partnerships, Professional Negligence, Road Safety, Torts and Other Personal Injuries, Traffic Law, VCAT
A highly experienced criminal advocate and civil litigator, Fraser appears regularly in trial/appellate jurisdictions whilst still accepting lower court briefs where available.

Fraser's civil practice encompasses drafting, advisory and appearances in Magistrates court hearings, VCAT matters (particularly legal practice and disciplinary tribunals) County causes and trials, plus Supreme Court Summons and Applications.

As a criminal advocate, Fraser appears as defence counsel in committals and trials for all nature of alleged offences. He has prosecuted sexual offenders and appeared in bail applications for the OPP. His summary crime practice also includes intervention order and safety notice appearances.

Fraser now appears in the Federal Circuit Court Family Division and is available for applications and trial briefs.

Outside his practice Fraser enjoys spending time with his family and is currently a VFL coach with the Coburg Football Club.
Insurance, Class Actions, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Engineering Disputes
From 01/07/2008,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
Mediator, Commercial Law, Company Law, Contract, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Torts, Trade Practices, VCAT
From 01/07/2010,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Practiced as a solicitor for 6 years 1979 - 1985. Practiced at the bar since 1985 in most jurisdictions, Masters and Practice Courts, causes in County Courts and Supreme Courts, Trials in Magistrates Court and VCAT. Mediations both as advocate and mediator. Draw and settle all court documentation.
Mediator, Family Law/ De Facto
Gerard was a solicitor in private practice and then a registrar with the Family Court at Parramatta, Sydney & Principal Registries. He joined the New South Wales Bar in 1990. His practice was in crime, some military work as a reservist with the RAAF, mental health tribunals and then increasingly in family law alone. He has appeared in the NSW District & Supreme Court, jury trials in indictable crime, all levels of family law tribunals and in Queensland, the ACT and Victoria as well as New South Wales. Gerard transferred to the Victorian Bar in 2010.
He has arts & law degrees from the University of New South Wales and a graduate diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Technology Sydney.
Gerard has accreditation as a mediator (training with the Victorian Bar) and family dispute resolution practitioner (training with Bond University) and has conducted mediations throughout the Commonwealth.
Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Children's Court, Class Actions, Commercial Crime, Commercial Law, Common Law, Contract, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Domestic Building Tribunal, Family Law/ De Facto, Insolvency Law, Intervention Orders, Intellectual Property, Personal Injuries, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Social Security/ Welfare, Torts, Torts and Other Personal Injuries, VCAT
Children's Court, Commercial Law, Employment, Equal Opportunity, Family Law/ De Facto, Human Rights, WorkCover/ Comcare
Criminal Law
Industrial Relations, Accredited Mediator, Insurance, Intervention Orders, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Contract, Professional Negligence, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, DeFacto Property, Domestic Building Tribunal, Employment, Equal Opportunity, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, VCAT
From 01/07/2008,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Graduated from Melbourne University in 1967. Worked as a psychologist until 1972. Employed by the Commonwealth Government providing advice on industrial relations issues, developments and disputes until 1974. Engaged by SECV as an Industrial Advocate until 1981. Completed Leo Cussen Institute Practical Training Course in 1981. Admitted in 1981. Joined the Bar in 1982. Has instructed at Leo Cussen for a number of years in Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law.
Human Rights, Immigration/ Migration, Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Inquests, Administrative Law (Merits Review), Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Civil Liberties, Commercial Crime, Occupational Health and Safety, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Road Safety, Social Security/ Welfare, Drink Drive, Extraditions, Freedom of Information
After admission Greg worked for two years at the Transport Accident Commission and then for more than 9½ years in Victoria Legal Aid's Criminal Law Division.
Since coming to the Bar Greg has appeared extensively in criminal trials, committals, pleas, summary hearings and appeals. Greg is on VLA’s Criminal Trial Preferred Barristers’ List.
Greg has also appeared in inquests, business licensing matters and other quasi-criminal proceedings.
He has a substantial administrative law practice, particularly in migration and citizenship cases in the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal & the federal courts.

Since 2008 Greg has been a Chairman of the Independent Tribunal of the Northern Football League.

Commencing in 2016 Greg holds the positions of Criminal Law Workshop Leader and Guest Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University, Thomas More Academy of Law.
Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Common Law, Contract, Drink Drive, Insurance, Intervention Orders, Motor Vehicle Property, Road Safety, Torts, Traffic Law, VCAT
Howard came to the Bar in 1982 after having practiced as a solicitor for five years in general and commercial litigation. He read with the late Judge Flatman, which stood him in good stead with respect to criminal matters as that was primarily his master's area.Since that time he has had a broad practice commencing with criminal and family law which areas he concentrated upon for his first five years or so at the bar.Following that, he gradually became involved in Magistrates Court civil claims with an emphasis on motor car accident cases. This was largely due to his hobby of buying and restoring older or classic cars. Such was his interest in the subject that in 2000 he wrote a book: "Classic Car Buying On A Budget" which was published by Hybrid Publishers.Up until the late 90's,his practice was almost exclusively motor car accident based. More recently, however,he has moved to the commercial area concentrating on Magistrates Court debt matters, contract disputes, technical contests, etc. As well as this, he has also been involved with a number of contested criminal and domestic violence matters and is happy to discuss any potential dispute either by phone or in conference.
Accredited Mediator, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Contract, Professional Negligence, Domestic Building Tribunal, Engineering Disputes, Torts
From 01/07/2008,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Hugh Foxcroft QC regularly appears as an advocate and also acts as an arbitrator, mediator, expert determiner and adjudicator. His practice involves major commercial disputes with a construction and civil engineering project or insurance emphasis. He has provided commercial, insurance and contractual advice in proceedings related to major projects in Victoria, interstate and overseas). A list of representative projects is available on request.

Appointed senior counsel in 2000, Hugh Foxcroft has practised as a silk for 15 years and is admitted to practice in all Australian jurisdictions. As a Grade 1 arbitrator, Fellow and former National Councillor of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia he has extensive experience in the conduct of arbitrations, including international arbitrations.

Hugh Foxcroft is a member of the Supreme Court of Victoria Technology Engineering and Construction (TEC) Cases List and Arbitration List advisory committees, is a founding member of Melbourne TEC Chambers (MTECC), is an honorary life member of the Building Dispute Practitioners' Society (Victoria), member and former Deputy Chair of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia (Business Law Section), a fellow of the Resolution Institute (formerly the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) and Australian Centre for Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), and a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia, ICC Australia and of the International Bar Association.
Accredited Mediator, Insurance, Motor Vehicle Property, Commercial Law, Contract, Domestic Building Tribunal, VCAT
Accredited Mediator, Practicing Barrister since 1979 in most civil litigation, VCAT, Magistrates, County, Supreme Courts and Tribunals.
Family Law/ De Facto
From 21/07/2011,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Children's Court, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Inquests, Intervention Orders, Mental Health, Native Title, Traffic Law
John Sutton practices principally as a trial lawyer in all areas of criminal law especially matters involving complex factual, medical, mental health or scientific issues. He also conducts an appellate practice.

Prior to coming to the Victorian Bar he has had many years experience as a Solicitor Advocate both in Victoria and other jurisdictions. He is a former Principal Solicitor of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Fitzroy Legal Service. He read with His Honour Judge Gavan Meredith of the Victorian County Court.
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Immigration/ Migration, Inquests, Local Government, Mental Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Planning and Local Government, Road Safety, Social Security/ Welfare, VCAT
Prior to joining the Bar in 2010, John had over 15 years experience in criminal law, appearing as an advocate for the defence and prosecution in senior roles at the Office of Public Prosecutions, Victoria Legal Aid and the Office of the Commonwealth DPP.

John has appeared in summary criminal hearings, bail applications, committals, County Court trials and pleas and appeals to the Court of Appeal. John has also appeared in coronial inquests and in judicial review proceedings
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Aviation, Building and Construction, Contract, Engineering Disputes, Equity/ Trusts, Inquests, Insurance, Occupational Health and Safety, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Torts, Transport Law
From 07/08/2008,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

John Langmead graduated in law from Melbourne University in 1986 with first class honours. (Bachelor of Arts - University of New England 1979)

He was an articled clerk at Phillips Fox in 1987.

He read with Gordon Ritter QC and Ross Macaw QC in 1988.

He was appointed Senior Counsel in November 2001.

He enjoys a broad general practice, and appears in all superior courts (trial and appellate levels). He is regularly briefed to provide advice.

He has appeared in many matters for the Registrar of Titles.

He is regularly briefed in construction law matters.

He has appeared in a number of constitutional law matters.

He is a specialist in the area of contempt of court. He has prosecuted many cases in this area, regularly provided advice, and appeared in numerous appeals including to the High Court.

He conducts Mediations.

John Langmead is a leading practitioner in aviation law in Australia. He regularly appears in this field in Victoria and all interstate jurisdictions. He has acted for representatives of all sectors of the aviation industry, for regulatory bodies, and for local and overseas insurers. He is regularly briefed in litigation brought under the Civil Aviation (Carriersí Liability) Act 1959 and various related international conventions, in proceedings for administrative or judicial review of decisions of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, in aviation related liability insurance cases, aviation related criminal proceedings, and in aviation related inquests.

John holds a current commercial pilot licence (fixed wing). He held a grade 1 instructor rating (fixed wing) for 16 years. He has in excess of 2,700 hours flying experience and is endorsed on single and multi-engine aircraft. He holds an aerobatic approval. He formerly held chief pilot approval. He is a glider pilot and hang glider pilot.

He has regularly chaired disciplinary tribunals for the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.

Inquests: he has acted as counsel assisting the Coroner. He has appeared at inquests for the Australian Army, and for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. He has appeared in aviation related inquests in Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales. He appeared for the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the long-running Linton Fires inquest in Melbourne.

John is a contributor to various legal publications, and to insurance and aviation industry journals. He is also a frequent guest speaker at aviation related seminars.
Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Drink Drive, Inquests, Intervention Orders, Road Safety, Traffic Law
Admitted to practice 1983 and practised in the criminal law sections of VLA (LACV as then known) between 1984 and 1990. Has predominantly practiced in criminal law and associated areas since that firm. Read with His honour Judge Morgan-Payler. John has appeared in criminal matters in Magistrates Court, County, Supreme Courts and Court of Appeal. John appears regularly in Circuit sittings of all the Courts of Criminal jurisdictions. He has defended a number of culpable driving and motor vehicle accident cases where the focus of the defence has been mechanical failure.
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Insurance, Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Aviation, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Probate/ Wills/ TFM
From 19/04/2012,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Children's Court, Criminal Law, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, Inquests, Mental Health, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, VCAT
Jonathan Rattray B.A L.L.B (HONS) graduated from Monash University in 2005. He was admitted to the Supreme Courts of Victoria and Queensland in 2007 and became a member of the Victorian Bar in 2009.

He completed articles in Melbourne with Best Hooper Solicitors practicing in Litigation and Urban Planning and Environment law.

With Best Hooper Jonathan acquired experience in mediations, advocacy and dealing with a wide range of matters, predominantly focused on property disputes and developments.

After leaving Best Hooper Jonathan moved to Brisbane where he worked with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. There he was a member of the property team dealing with commercial leasing.

In early 2007 Jonathan changed the focus of his practice and started working with Victoria Legal Aid. Jonathan worked in the Horsham and Broadmeadows offices where he practiced in family and civil law with a primary focus on criminal matters.

Apart from Jonathanís experience as a legal practitioner he has also lectured at Monash University in Civil Procedure and Environmental law.
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Children's Court, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Drink Drive, Family Law/ De Facto, Human Rights, Intervention Orders, VCAT, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Jordana Cohen primarily practises in criminal law, family law and child protection.
Jordana also practices in administrative law and accepts briefs in merits review, guardianship and administration, equal opportunity and human rights, the Mental Health Tribunal, and Victims of Crime Tribunal matters.

Briefs to appear in rural and regional Victoria are welcome.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jordana was a solicitor in the top-tier commercial firm Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). She has also practised as a criminal defence advocate with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and as a generalist solicitor with the community legal centre Youthlaw.

Jordana is currently completing her Masters of Law with Melbourne University.
Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, Mental Health
Since being called to the Bar in 2010, Julien has developed a busy practice in all areas of criminal and family law with further appearances in commercial law matters.

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, Julien spent one year working in crime as the Associate to Her Honour Judge Rizkalla and one year as the Associate to His Honour Judge Anderson, the judge in charge of the County Court Commercial List. As an associate Julien acquired a wealth of courtroom experience in both the criminal and commercial jurisdictions before making the transition to the ranks of barrister-at-law.

Julien is currently the Vice-chairman of the Victorian Bar's New Barristers' Committee where he also holds the portfolio of social and events coordinator.

Julien was also the Victorian Bar’s representative member on the Law Council of Australia Australian Young Lawyers Section.

Julien currently volunteers at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and has previously worked in prisoner outreach in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Children's Court, Family Law/ De Facto, Intervention Orders, VCAT, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Criminal Law, Drink Drive, Inquests, Road Safety, Traffic Law