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Appearing before a Registrar at First instance: Powers, Procedures and Protocol.

Presented by Eliza Tiernan and Stacey Taylor.

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Bail Applications: A Practical Guide to Preparation & Presentation 

Presented by Shaun Ginsbourg and Sam Andrianakis

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders: Eligibility, Processes and Appeals in light of Makrogiannis [2021] VSC 190 

Presented by Emma Strugnell and Lachy Hocking .

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Celebrating 10 years of the VLA Trial Counsel Development Program

(L-R back row) Hugo Moodie, Felicity Fox, William Blake (L-R front row) Chris Edwards, Emma Strugnell, Victoria Legal Aid CEO Louise Glanville, Ashleigh Harrold, Julie Buxton

Last Monday, VLA and the Victorian Bar celebrated ten years of the Trial Counsel Development Program.

The program is designed to deliver on-the-job training and mentoring to selected Junior Counsel at the Victorian Bar by partnering them with senior trial advocates in criminal trials each year.

Holmes List has had a number of past and present members participate in the program, either in a senior mentoring role or as a Junior.

We are proud to have four participants this year – William Blake, Chris Edwards, Hugo Moodie and Emma Strugnell. They join Veronika Drago from the 2019 intake.

We wish them well throughout the Program.


Holmes List welcomes Colin Forrest SC

Retired Trial Judge and experienced Arbitrator, Mediator and Barrister, Colin Forrest SC, has now returned to practice at the Bar after having served as a Trial Judge of the Family Court of Australia for the past ten years.

 Colin now provides his highly sought-after services as an Arbitrator and Mediator in all family law disputes in Brisbane and across Australia. His Mediator services are also available in other areas of law including (but not limited to) succession law, administrative law, and anti-discrimination law.

 He is also open to accepting instructions to appear in coronial inquests and to join boards or commissions of inquiry.

 Colin is prepared to travel anywhere in Australia to conduct mediations and arbitrations. He is also able to conduct mediations and arbitrations online.

 To make a booking please contact one of my Clerks on (03) 9225 6444 or email us at


New May Reader - Lachlan Hocking

Holmes List welcomes our latest Reader Lachlan Hocking.

Lachlan accepts briefs in all areas of criminal law and quasi-criminal law. He has extensive experience as an advocate in summary and indictable crime and accepts briefs in all metropolitan and regional courts.

Lachlan also accepts briefs in proceeds of crime litigation, disciplinary matters and regulatory matters.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Lachlan worked as a Senior Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid’s Melbourne and Dandenong offices. He regularly appeared as an advocate in summary, indictable and appellate matters in the Magistrates’ and County Court jurisdictions. Lachlan also has experience working in the specialist Drug Court in Dandenong and Melbourne.

After being admitted to practice, Lachlan worked at a boutique criminal law firm in Melbourne where he instructed in a range of criminal defence matters in the Magistrates’ and County Court.

Lachlan is reading with Stewart Bayles. His senior mentor is David Hallowes SC.

Lachlan is available to accept bookings as of Friday 7 May, 2021. To make a booking, contact our clerks on (03) 9225 6444 or email us at 


2021 Doyle's Guide - Stephen Russell and Robert Taylor

Holmes List is proud to announce that both Stephen Russell and Robert Taylor are noted in the 2021 Doyle's Guide as two of the three preeminent Workplace Health and Safety Junior Counsel.

Congratulations Stephen and Robert.


2021 Doyle's Guide - Chris O'Grady QC

Holmes List is proud to announce that Chris O'Grady QC is noted in the 2021 Doyle's Guide for the Leading Employment Law Senior Counsel, and the Leading Victorian Workplace Health & Safety Senior Counsel.
Congratulations Chris.



Family Law CPD update

Martin Bartfeld QC - Family Law Arbitrations 

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Criminal Law CPD update

Shaun Ginsbourg and Peter Botros discuss Commonwealth Sentencing. 

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Family Law CPD update

Sarah Mansfield and Sharney Jenkinson review 2020. Teams, Trials and Tribulations. 

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Australia Day Honours - Patrick Tehan OAM QC

Congratulations to List member Patrick Tehan OAM QC who received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the recent Australia Day awards.

 Patrick was admitted to the Bar in 1977 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997. He was also our List Chairman from 2009-2010 and 2000-2007.

 Patrick was awarded for his service to the law, and to the legal profession.


Important Court dates 2021

The 2021 conference and non-sitting dates for  Victorian Courts have now been finalised.

Click below to view the list -

Court dates 2021


The 2021 FCC Country circuit dates have now been finalised. You can access the full list below - 

2021 FCC Country Circuit dates

Note, these are tentative dates and will be pending covid restrictions and availability of state courtrooms. Otherwise, they will be ran virtually from Melbourne.


Holmes List welcomes the following October Readers

Heather Anderson

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Heather comes to the Bar with extensive experience in criminal law.

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

Heather became an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law with the Law Institute of Victoria in 2018. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Heather practised as a Solicitor Advocate in Western Australia for 2.5 years, conducting appearances across all metropolitan and regional courts including contested hearings for glassing/assault, drugs and burglary.

Heather also gained regulatory experience working at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for just over three years, in Western Australia and Victoria.

Heather has practiced as a Solicitor Advocate in Victoria since 2016 with Leanne Warren & Associates and David Barrese & Associates. In these roles, Heather had carriage of mostly indictable criminal matters including murder, sex offences and armed robbery. Heather has instructed in County Court and Supreme Court trials and applications under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act. Heather has also appeared in committals, contested hearings, bail applications and pleas in the Magistrates' Court and in appeals, breach proceedings, pleas and bail applications in the County Court. 

Heather is reading with Matthew Page and her senior mentor is Dermot Dann QC.


Dara Isaacson

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Dara comes to the bar with extensive experience in family law and related jurisdictions.

Prior to coming to the bar, Dara was a Senior Associate at Lander & Rogers in Melbourne and previously worked at the Canberra office of Farrar Gesini Dunn, a prominent national family law firm.

As a solicitor Dara had carriage of complex family law matters, both at first instance as well as at the appellate level. Recently, as a solicitor Dara had carriage of the matter Graham & Squibb [2019] FamCAFC 33 which successfully defended the appeal of a decision to rectify a Financial Agreement.

Dara's experience includes parenting matters; international relocation and Hague convention; Financial Agreements; property settlement matters, including involving third party interests, business structures and trusts.

Dara has also worked as a solicitor in Wills & Estates and brings this knowledge to her family law matters.

As a solicitor Dara regularly appeared on behalf of her clients in interlocutory and interim matters in the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court of Australia. Dara honed her advocacy skills while working in Canberra from 2011 until 2014, as a fused jurisdiction of barristers and solicitors, she was afforded much more appearance work than solicitors in other jurisdictions.

Dara is available to appear in all areas of family law including both child and property matters both in Victoria as well as interstate. Dara is also available to provide advice and draft documents for family law matters.

Dara accepts briefs in all aspects of family law matters and related jurisdictions. She has particular interest in financial matters involving Property Development aspects as well as complex superannuation issues.

Dara is a LIV Accredited Family Law Specialist.

Dara is reading with Andrew Barbayannis, her senior mentor is Marylyn Smallwood SC.


Katie Powell

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Katie accepts briefs in all areas of criminal law and quasi-criminal law in metropolitan and regional courts.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Katie worked as a Senior Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. Katie began working at VLA at the Ringwood office before moving into the Advocacy Team in the Criminal Law Melbourne office where she was based for the last four years. 

Katie comes to the Bar as an experienced advocate having appeared daily in the Magistrates' Court and County Court for pleas of guilty, bail applications, contest mentions, family violence and personal safety intervention orders, breach proceedings, committal mentions and appeals.

In addition to her significant appearance work, Katie maintained a high case load of summary and indictable matters, and has worked on matters including homicide, serious assaults, serious sex offences, drug related offences and matters arising under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

Katie is reading with Jarrod Williams and her senior mentor is Julian McMahon AC SC.


Our Readers are able to accept briefs as of Monday the 26th of October, 2020. To make a booking, contact one of our clerks on 9225 6444 or email us 


Congratulations to Megan Tittensor SC on being appointed Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victoria. 

Megan has appeared in all types of criminal matters; notably murder, conspiracy, corporate and tax fraud and, drug and sex offences.

In addition, Megan practices in quasi-criminal jurisdictions including disciplinary and tribunal matters, coronial inquests and royal commissions.  In relation to the latter, Megan appeared as junior counsel for the Managing Director of AWB in the AWB Royal Commission, and in subsequent civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC. Megan is currently briefed as Counsel assisting in the Royal Commission into Lawyer X.

Megan joins an elite group of Holmes List Silks.