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Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Commercial Law, Company Law, Contract, Corporations and Securities, Domestic Building Tribunal, Equity/ Trusts, Insurance, Motor Vehicle Property, Partnerships, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, VCAT
Intervention Orders, Criminal Law, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration
Robert Larkins has over twenty-five years experience as a barrister. He has practised extensively in criminal law, family law , intervention orders and guardianship hearings.

Larkins is the author of two books, both published by Penguin. His latest work is Breaking Up a book that covers all the legal issues that can arise when ending a relationship. His other book, Funeral Rights, is about our legal rights upon the death of a spouse, de facto partner or friend.
Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, Inquests, Intervention Orders, Mental Health
I am a General Practitioner working predominantly in the areas of criminal law, family law, motor vehicle property damage cases and assisting victims of crimes,

I am highly experienced in all matters that routinely come before the Magistrates Court, including driving offences, criminal and quasi criminal offences, intervention orders, infringement applications, pre-trial conferences, arbitrations and hearings.

After more than a quarter of a century working in the Courts and Tribunals, I have the ability to predict the probable outcome of cases with a high degree of accuracy.

I also represent clients in the Federal Magistrates court, Family Court, Children's Court, Coroner’s Court County Court and at VCAT in guardianship and administration hearings.

I have appeared in an Interlocutory appeal, a Full Court appeal, a review of a supervision order and an application for habeas corpus in the Supreme Court.

I am happy to provide written opinions and advice.
Children's Court, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Drink Drive, Intervention Orders, Road Safety, Social Security/ Welfare, Traffic Law, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Commence practice in 1984. Worked for 2 years with Western Suburbs Community Legal Service in that capacity appeared in courts in all jurisdictions including Family Court, Magistrates Court, Federal A.A.T. and other tribunals. 1986 - 1999 Employed as a solicitor with Victoria Legal Aid,Preston. Initially worked as duty lawyer then from 1991 onwards worked as summary crime advocate - a position akin to in house counsel. Appeared in all jurisdictions up to and including Court of Appeal. Whilst summary crime advocate I sat the accreditation test with the Law Institute. I was in the first group of solicitors to be made Accredited Criminal Law specialists. In 1996 I took 1 year off and lived and worked in Germany. I came to the Bar in March 1999 intake and have appeared in criminal cases in the Magistrates and Children's Courts, trials, appeals and pleas in the County Court and matters in the Family Court etc.
Administrative Law (Merits Review), Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Criminal Law, Equity/ Trusts, Family Law/ De Facto, Freedom of Information, Intellectual Property, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Social Security/ Welfare, Telecommunications, Trade Practices
Rohan has a primary practice in Criminal Law and Family Law (including Intervention Orders) and is available to appear in a variety of jurisdictions under the new Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria). He commenced criminal trial work in 2014 to suppliment his family law trial work from 2013.

Rohan appeared in the Court of Appeal (Victoria) for the Appellent as trial counsel on criminal appeal in the matter of Hicks -v- The Queen [2015] VSCA 201.
Insurance, Building and Construction
Romauld Andrew practices in the area of building and construction cases in all jurisdictions, including disciplinary matters in the Building Practitioners Board and the Building Appeals Board and Building Act and OH & S prosecutions in the Courts.
Intervention Orders, Equal Opportunity, Family Law/ De Facto
From 01/07/2011,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Rozeta Stoikovska signed the bar roll in May,1984. Her reading period was split between Mr Barney Cooney, a Workers Compensation and Personal Injuries barrister and Mr Peter Wilson a Commercial and Equity law barrister.

Her first decade or more of practice at the bar included criminal and civil work, as well as appearing in the Workers Compensation Compensation Tribunal and Transport Licencing Tribunal. In more recent years she has undertaken some work in VCAT in the area of Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Law and contested Intervention Ordes in the Magistrates Court.

Rozeta's practice has always included a component of Family Law and Defacto Relationship work. Since the late 1990's she has practiced almost exclusively in these areas with a particular interest in property, Hague Convention and relocation cases. Several of the cases Rozeta has appeared in, including appeals, have been reported in the law reports. She is happy to accept Mediation work including as Mediator.

For many years Rozeta participated as Moot Master in the Bar Readers Course Family Law component, has twice been a member of the bar Ethics Committee ( including serving as secretary in 1994/95 ) and prior to taking silk was mentor to six readers.
Accredited Mediator, Agricultural Law, Banking and Finance, Commercial Law, Common Law, Contract, DeFacto Property, Equity/ Trusts, Family Law/ De Facto, Inquests, Insurance, Medical Negligence, Occupational Health and Safety, Partnerships, Personal Injuries, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Torts, Torts and Other Personal Injuries, Transport Accident Commission, Water and Drainage Law, WorkCover/ Comcare
Russell has a general civil practise with particular emphasis on wills, probate, family testators maintenance, Cy-prés schemes, family law and de facto family cases, sale of land and settled land.

Some of the cases Russell has recently appeared in, include:-
(a) The Trust Company Limited re Peter Mitchell -v- Attorney General of New South Wales (2011) NSWSC 206 (15 March 1011) (Cy-prés Scheme);
(b) The Trust Company (Australia) Limited as trustees of the Kyle Williams Home Trust -v- Attorney-General of New South Wales (No.2) [2011] NSWSC 323 (18 March 2011) (Cy-prés Scheme);
(c) The Trust Company (Australia) Limited as trustees of the Kyle Williams Home Trust -v- Attorney General of New South Wales (No.2) [2012] NSWSC 1505 (7 December 2012) (Cy-prés Scheme)
(d) Whitehead -v- The State Trustee Limited [2011] VSC 424 (Testators Family Maintenance);
(e) State Trustees Limited -v- Whitehead [2012] VSCA 274 (16 November 2012) (Testators Family Maintenance)

Russell also practises in the area of personal injury and has done many cases involving brain damage and serious psychiatric damage. He has practised this area in the County Court and the Supreme Court before Judge along and jury.

Many of the cases Russell has conducted have problems in relation to farming disputes. Before coming to the bar he practised as a country solicitor and has farming interests, all of which give him a particular insight into the problems of farming familiies.

Russell's farming background has enabled him to understand technical matters which are often raised in farming disputes. He is also a farmer in the Western District of Victoria breeding beef cattle.

Russell is a national accredited mediator and has acted as a mediator and also as counsel appearing before mediators.
Intervention Orders, DeFacto Property, Family Law/ De Facto
Sarah was admitted to practice in 1999 working as a Duty Lawyer for Victoria Legal Aid, working in all aspects of Family Law at the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court in Melbourne. Her role also included providing Duty Lawyer services for Intervention Order proceedings at the Melbourne Magistrates Court. In 2003, Sarah was admitted to practice in England and Wales and spent two years working in private firms in London. In this period she continued to work in her chosen field of Family Law, dealing with private clients, publicly funded matters and care proceedings. Upon her return to Australia in 2005, Sarah was instrumental in establishing the alternate Duty Lawyer service (the Family Law Legal Service) at the Family Court and Federal Magistrates Court in Melbourne. Sarah's experience centres around Court and advocacy work.
Family Law/ De Facto, Intervention Orders
Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Mental Health, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Commercial Law, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Property Law, DeFacto Property, Equal Opportunity, Equity/ Trusts, Family Law/ De Facto
From 01/10/2009
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Shane studied law in the Northern Territory following which
he was an Associate in the Supreme Court of the Northern territory in 1995.

Since coming to the Bar in 1998, Shane has appeared in trials in civil and criminal law but now practises principally in family law.

Shane is a nationally accredited mediator and holds mediations in family law with an emphasis on parenting matters.

Shane's practice has now broadened to encompass any cause involving family members, civil disputes, neighbourhood matters, and complex inter-personal issues.



Professional Allied Interests

Member of the Family Law Barrissters' Association
Sporting Tribunals
Australian Institute of Family Law Mediators and Arbitrators (AIFLAM)



Personal History

Born: January 1969

Secondary education: HSC Year 12 - 1986 (Xavier College)

Tertiary education:

Monash University (1987 to 1991)
BA (Latin Literature & Philosophy)
Grad Dip Fam Law

Charles Darwin University (1992 to 1994)
LLB



Admitted to Practice: 5 November 1996 (NT)


Interests and Past-times

Golf
Melbourne Football Club ('87/'88)
Motorcycling: Honda ST1100A
Ulysses Motorcycle Club
Cycling
Philosophy & divinities
Biographies
Resting
Appearing to listen
Writing
Wood-work & furniture-making
Aviation
Northern Territory & Tasmania
Music



Prior work history

Retail (1987 to 1989 - P/T).

Private hospital surgical theatres (1990 to 1994 - P/T):
Theatre Technician in orthopaedic, gynaecological, dental,
cosmetic & reconstructive, ophthalmological, and IVF
procedures.

Forensic Pathology (1993 to 1994 - P/T):
Royal Darwin Hospital: student observer in the autopsy theatre under the tutelage
and guidance of Dr Kevin Lee (now of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine).

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (1995 - F/T)
Judge's Associate
Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Drink Drive, Family Law/ De Facto, Intervention Orders, Road Safety, Traffic Law
From 24/10/2013,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Simon has extensive experience as an advocate in criminal matters and is available to take briefs in a range of areas. He has a particular interest in gaining further experience in the areas of Family Law and Disciplinary Tribunals.


Simon was a Senior Prosecutor with the Queensland Police Service for 11 years. He has appeared in a wide range of criminal matters from shoplifting hearings to contested murder committals and large scale commercial drug trafficking matters. For several years he travelled on the court circuit conducting matters in the remote Aboriginal communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait. He also worked for a short time with a boutique criminal law firm in Melbourne.


His experience includes regular appearances in a range of matters including:

Children’s Court;
Coronial Inquests;
Intervention Orders;
Committal Proceedings;
Bail Applications; and
Contested Hearings.


Simon accepts briefs for matters in all courts including suburban, regional and interstate.

From 24 Oct 2013, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.
Insolvency Law, Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Motor Vehicle Property, Commercial Law, Company Law, Consumer Credit, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Contract, Corporations and Securities, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Defamation, Media and Entertainment, Torts, Equity/ Trusts, Trade Practices, VCAT
From 01/07/2013,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

1993: Graduated in Economics.
1996: Graduated in Law.
1997 - 2000: Commercial litigation with Messrs Ward Keller.
2000 - 2003: Commercial litigation with offshore law firm Messrs Ogier & LeMasurier in Jersey, Channel Islands.
2002: Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
2004: Joined the Victorian Bar. Commercial practice.
Criminal Law, Mental Health, Road Safety, Traffic Law, VCAT, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
From 01/10/2009,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Coming from a background in nursing, Sonja graduated LLB in 1991. After working in an intellectual property firm for two years, she came to the Victorian Bar in 1993.

As a sole practitioner, she practiced commercial law with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution.

Since returning to the Bar in 2003, Sonja has appeared in all jurisdictions including the children's court, family court, VCAT and the magistrates' and county courts of Victoria. Over the last 5 years she has predominantly worked in crime, including crimes compensation.
Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Insurance, Agricultural Law, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Property Law, Criminal Law, Defamation, Media and Entertainment, Taxation, Trade Practices
From 15/07/2010,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Stanley’s main areas of practice are commercial law, crime, taxation, administrative law and personal injuries. Upon joining the bar, he read with his master Cameron Macaulay SC, now Mr Justice Macaulay of the Supreme Court of Victoria. His Senior master is Robert Richter QC. Before joining the bar, Stanley undertook his articles and was a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he worked on many large complex commercial matters.

His commercial practice broadly encompasses a wide range of Trade Practices, Contract and Negligence claims. He has appeared in several building/property and commercial construction cases mainly in the Supreme Court in addition to a wide range of other commercial matters.

Stanley has acted for and against the Tax Commissioner (including debt matters, part IVC work, insolvency and international fraud and money laundering) and for company directors in matters involving regulatory bodies such as ASIC.

His tax practice has also involved him in acting for accountants in professional negligence claims and disciplinary hearings. He has acted for barristers and solicitors in a number of contexts including disciplinary proceedings.

He appears in serious criminal matters (both defence and prosecution) and advises in Constitutional matters. His broad pracitce involves him in a wide range of work, including many different types of claims; just as an idea, including matters as different as defamation proceedings in the Supreme Court to Planning, Property and Lease matters in VCAT. He appears in Federal and State Courts and tribunals including VCAT and the AAT. No case is too big or too small.

Stanley consults carefully with solicitors and clients and communicates in plain English.



In 2008 upon reception of the Human Rights Charter in Victoria, Stanley published a paper to the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar on the House of Lords' approach to the UK Human Rights Act. Since publication of that paper there have been significant developments regarding the interpretation of the Victorian Charter, which has been interpreted as operating differently to the UK law in some material respects. Whilst Stanley's paper is broadly indicative of the reasoning processes employed by UK Courts in 2008 in determining human rights matters, it should not be relied on as representing the law in Victoria, and people should seek specific advice from a lawyer about the operation of the Victorian Charter. The paper can be found at the Human Rights Law Resource Centre website at the following link; http://www.hrlc.org.au/files/ECGN6BZ5UY/Isaiah%20-%20Charter%20case%20law.doc.
Insolvency Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Company Law, Partnerships, Contract, Corporations and Securities, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Securities, IT/ Computers, Equity/ Trusts, Trade Practices
Accredited Mediator, Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Common Law, Company Law, Partnerships, Planning and Local Government, Probate/ Wills/ TFM, Contract, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, DeFacto Property, Defamation, Media and Entertainment, Domestic Building Tribunal, Superannuation, Torts, Trade Practices, VCAT
Stephen Wilmoth came to the Bar in 1983 after 7 years as a litigation solicitor. He was a partner in a City Firm for 4 years, practising in general litigation. He has had wide experience as an advocate in civil jurisdictions. His current practice is generally commercial, and especially includes defamation, contract and TFM litigation. He has appeared in some notable defamation causes and jury trials. He is an accredited and experienced commercial Mediator.
Civil Liberties, Commonwealth Compensation, Contract, Corporations and Securities, Criminal Law, Environment, Human Rights, Insolvency Law, Local Government, Mining Law, Native Title, Planning and Local Government, Property Law
Steve is available to provide legal advice regarding all aspects of entertainment law. He can also be engaged, and accepts direct access matters, to prepare, settle and / or advise on all documentation, including contracts, pertaining to the entertainment industry.

Steve also holds a Master of Energy and Mining Laws and Graduate Diploma in Energy Law from UWA. He is a member of the Melbourne Mining Club.

He also appears in a wide range of criminal matters in the Magistrate's and County Courts.

Prior to practicing at the Victorian Bar, Stephen was the founder and in house counsel for an international start-up company and practiced as a solicitor in the building and construction team at Maddocks.

He has also worked as a teacher and lecturer in Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory as well as having worked for the International Organisation for Migration in Geneva and Banda Aceh.

www.stevechambersvicbar.com

Member of following Bar Associations:

Commercial Bar Association

Criminal Bar Association

Barrister's Animal Welfare Panel
Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration
Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal, Intervention Orders, Commercial Law, DeFacto Property, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration
Susannah has extensive experience in the Family and Childrenís law jurisdiction having worked as a solicitor in these areas in private practice, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and Victoria Legal Aid before coming to the Bar in 2009.

As a solicitor, Susannah regularly appeared as an advocate in the Magistrates' Court and Family Court, in both original and appellant jurisdictions.

Susannah has experience in all aspects of Family Law, including children's matters and property settlements. Her experience prior to coming to the Bar has meant that she is particularly experienced in appearing for culturally and linguistically diverse clients, and remaining sensitive to difficult family and interpersonal issues affecting Clients.
Susannah is available to undertake Court appearance work and paperwork in family law and associated matters.
Human Rights, Intervention Orders, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Licensing and Disciplinary Tribunals, Mental Health, Commercial Crime, Commercial Law, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Racing Law, Criminal Law, Residential/ Retail Tenancies, Criminal Law (Appellate), DeFacto Property, Sports Law, Drink Drive, Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, VCAT
Tass's practice focuses primarily on matters in the VCAT, Family Law & Criminal jurisdictions.

Counsel maintains a practice in commercial, regulatory and public law matters. Counsel appears in consumer, tenancy, building, disciplinary & guardianship hearings. He has particular expertise in motor vehicle consumer disputes and Motor Car Traders, having worked in the industry prior to signing the roll of Counsel.

His family law practice is diverse, dealing with both complex property matters and custodial disputes.

Counsel maintains a broad criminal practice dealing with all types of offending. He has a particular interest in white-collar offences, complex fraud/financial crimes, inquiries and sex offences. He has appeared in indictable matters.

Tass speaks, reads and writes Greek fluently.

He is reading with Theo Alexander and his senior mentor is Robert Richter QC.
Water and Drainage Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Building and Construction, Commercial Law, Company Law, Planning and Local Government, Contract, Product Liability, Domestic Building Tribunal, Engineering Disputes, Torts, Trade Practices, VCAT
Signed Bar Roll in 1976. Read with David Mattei in Equity Chambers. Involved in many building and engineering disputes in all jurisdictions including arbitrations, available for appointment by parties as a mediator, completed the Bond University Mediator Course in 2003.
Administrative Law (Judicial Review), Administrative Law (Merits Review), Children's Court, Criminal Law, Criminal Law (Appellate), Guardianship and Administration, Inquests, Intervention Orders, VCAT
Prior to being called to the Bar, Teresa was employed as a solicitor for the Department of Human Services. Her work included appearances in relation to coronial inquests; applications for the return of children under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction; reviews relating to the supervision of offenders under the Crimes(Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act; and the review of decisions made pursuant to the Disability Act and Adoption Act.

Before this, Teresa was an Associate at the Supreme Court to the Honourable Justice Coldrey where she assisted His Honour in the Criminal Division.
Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Probate/ Wills/ TFM
From 17/12/2009,
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
Commercial Law, Criminal Law
Tim Fitzpatrick signed the Victorian Bar roll in November 2007, since joining the Bar he has appeared in a variety of matters in the Children’s’ Court (Criminal Division), Magistrates Court, Federal Magistrates Court, NSW Local Court, NSW District Court, The Victorian County Court and the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal.

He has appeared in matters ranging from minor criminal pleas and applications in the Magistrates/Children’s’ Courts to plea hearings in the County Court. Tim has extensive experience in contested hearings and has appeared in the Magistrates/Children’s Court, NSW Local Court and trials in both the County Court and NSW District Courts. Tim has had trial experience in such matters as culpable driving, serious assaults, aggravated burglary, sex cases and armed robbery.

Tim has also had extensive appearances in Family court ranging from first return of Family Court Applications to final hearings in property and child contact cases in the Federal Magistrates Court.

In addition to his experience whilst at the Bar, Tim has previously had experience with the Victoria Police in the areas of covert surveillance, drug investigation, sexual offences investigation, child protection applications, and offences against the person. He was qualified in forced entry techniques, operational safety tactics and prosecutions. During the last 7 years within the Victoria Police he specialised as a Police Prosecutor and was responsible for the prosecution at the summary level for cases such as, sex cases (children’s’ Court), burglary, serious assaults, property offences, intervention order applications and motor traffic legislation.

Tim brings with him a wealth of experience in both the Criminal and Family areas of practice with over 20 years experience in investigation and 11 years experience appearing before the court.
DeFacto Property, Family Law/ De Facto, Intervention Orders
Commercial Crime, Commercial Law, Drink Drive, Inquests, Occupational Health and Safety
Intervention Orders, Alternative Dispute Resolution/ Mediation, Nationally Accredited Mediator, DeFacto Property, Family Law/ De Facto
Criminal Law, Inquests
Family Law/ De Facto, Guardianship and Administration, Intervention Orders, Property Law, Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Vassiliki (Vass) Theoharopoulou (BA. LLB.) was admitted to practise in 2000 and signed the Bar Roll in 2008.
Before coming to the Bar, Vass was a senior Associate at Pearsons Barrister & Solicitors Pty. Ltd. As a solicitor Vass acted in a wide range of Family Law matters and appeared regularly as a solicitor/advocate in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Magistrates court. Vass has also appeared for clients at Mediations and in the Masters List at the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Vass has acted for clients in the areas of De Facto Property, Wills and Estates, Childrens Court and Crimes Family Violence (both the Magistrates Court and Appeals in the County Court). Vass has instructed in De Facto property trials and criminal trials.

Vass is fluent in Modern Greek (both written and spoken).
For a number of years Vass was a legal Volunteer at the Broadmeadows Magistrates Court of Victoria Intervention Order Service, providing advice and appearing occasionally on behalf of clients.

Vass continues to be a long standing Committee Member of Georgina and Martina Womens Refuges and Broadmeadows Community Legal Service. Recently she was elected by her peers to be the new member of the New Barristers Standing Committee of the Victorian Bar.

Whilst her experience is in Family Law and Crimes Family Violence, Vass is interested in expanding her practice to include:
Wills, Probate/TFM,
Commercial Law,
property Law,
Inquests,
medical Negligence,
Civil Liberties/Human Rights,
Social Security/Welfare and
Magistrates Court both Civil and Criminal
Intervention Orders, Children's Court