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Holmes List conducted their annual Family Law Breakfast on Monday the 4th of March, 2019. It was great success with over 300 in attendance. The topic was Preparing for Mediation. Patrick O'Shannessy spoke on behalf of the Mediator with Hilary Bonney and Sharney Jenkinson advising on how Counsel should prepare.

A copy of the speakers powerpoint presentation can be found here.


Holmes List congratulate Anna Boymal and Alice Carter on their Judicial appointments to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Anna will commence in the Melbourne registry on 18 March 2019. Ms Boymal completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1982 at Monash University, and was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1983. She was called to the Bar in 1992, and later worked as a Registrar in the Family Court, before returning to private practice in 1999. At the Bar, Anna's practice has included all areas of family law, with particular expertise in complex children’s matters.

Alice will commence in the Melbourne registry of the Federal Circuit Court on 14 March 2019. Alice graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University in 1993, and later completed a Master of Laws in 2003. Following her admission as a practitioner in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1996, she completed her articles and went on to work as a Solicitor with Hogg & Reid.

Alice was called to the Bar in 2006. Since commencing her legal career, Alice has worked exclusively in family law and her practice covers all aspects of family law.

We wish them all the very best for the future. Anna and Alice add to the ever growing List of Holmes List appointments.  


Holmes List welcomes the following Readers to our List in May -

Thomas Battersby

Tom accepts briefs in criminal and quasi-criminal matters in metropolitan and regional courts.   

Before coming to the Bar, Tom practised as a solicitor advocate for two years at Greg Thomas Barrister & Solicitor. In this role, he appeared regularly in the Magistrates' and County Courts for appeals, breach proceedings, pleas of guilty and bail applications. As part of his practice as a solicitor, Tom ran numerous indictable matters including murders, drug importation, and serious sex offences.

Before working as a solicitor, Tom was a 'Clerk of Courts' at the Heidelberg Magistrates' Court. There he gained significant practical experience at the coalface of Victoria's justice system.

In addition to his legal qualifications, Tom has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Environment and Sustainability.

 Tom is reading with Megan Tittensor. His Senior Mentor is Julian McMahon SC.


William Blake

William accepts briefs in criminal and quasi-criminal law matters, including OH&S, worksafe and coronial inquests.

Prior to coming to the Bar, William was Associate to His Honour Judge Allen of the County Court, having previously been Associate to Her Honour Judge Quin. There William assisted in management of criminal trials and other criminal proceedings, including coordinating matters in the Sex Offences List 

William completed his legal traineeship, initially out of a criminal defence firm in Sunshine, and subsequently with Melasecca, Kelly and Zayler in Melbourne.

William is reading with Barnaby Johnston. His Senior Mentors are Duncan Allen SC and Colin Mandy SC.


Travis Brown

Travis accepts briefs in criminal and quasi-criminal law matters, including OH&S, Worksafe and coronial inquests, as well as Children's Court and family law matters.

Travis was Associate to His Honour Judge Bill Stuart of the County Court for three years. During this time, he gained extensive experience of indictable criminal matters and was exposed to a wide range of proceedings including trials, pleas, bail applications, appeals from the Magistrates' Court and supervision order applications.

Prior to his career in the law, Travis was a bookseller and bookshop owner for more than 15 years.

Travis is reading with Ashley Halphen. His Senior Mentor is Pat Tehan QC.


Rabea Khan

Rabea is an experienced advocate. She has prosecuted and defended serious crimes in Victoria and NSW. Rabea accepts briefs in criminal, quasi-criminal, and administrative law. She also accepts briefs in areas of law that intersect with criminal law. 

Rabea has experience appearing in pleas, appeals, committal hearings and summary hearings in the Children’s, Magistrates’ and County Courts and their NSW equivalents, as well as bail applications at all levels of the court hierarchy. She has also appeared in therapeutic jurisdictions such as the Drug Court, the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and the Koori Court. 

From 2009 to 2016, Rabea worked at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW). Rabea regularly appeared as a senior advocate in contested criminal matters, and instructed in jury trials involving complex evidentiary questions. For example, the trial of Honeysett v R [2014] HCA 29 (expert evidence) and Doyle v R [2014] NSWCCA 4 (tendency and coincidence evidence). 

In Victoria, Rabea worked as a criminal defence lawyer with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, advising and appearing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in courts throughout Victoria. 

Rabea was a Senior Lawyer at IBAC. She regularly appeared as Counsel Assisting in private examinations relating to public sector corruption and police misconduct. She also appeared for IBAC in prosecutions and warrant applications in the Magistrates’ and Supreme Courts, and the AAT. 

Immediately prior to joining the Bar, Rabea worked as a Senior Advocate with the Office of Public Prosecutions in Melbourne.  

Rabea has a particular interest in Counter-Terrorism Law. She was a contributing editor to the publication, "Anti-Terrorism Laws: ASIO, the Police and You’” (4th Edition, 2017.) Rabea also appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in public hearings for the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2015 and the Review of the Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016.

Rabea has received Cultural Awareness Training from the Koorie Heritage Trust. 

Rabea is reading with Simon Moglia. Her Senior Mentor is Dr Ian Freckelton QC.


James Moore

James is available to accept briefs in all areas of family law and related jurisdictions.

Before coming to the Bar, James was a solicitor practicing exclusively in family law for seven years, most recently as a Senior Associate at a prominent Melbourne family law firm.  Throughout, he regularly instructed and appeared in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia. 

James obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, completing an Honours Thesis in Political Science.  Throughout tertiary study he was employed in a supervisory role in the Family Law Assistance Program at Monash Oakleigh Legal Service. 

James is reading with Joseph Melilli.  His senior mentor is Geoffrey Dickson QC.  


Our Readers are able to accept briefs as of this Friday the 3rd of May, 2019. To make a booking please contact one of my Clerks on 9225 6444.