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

Cameron Gauld

Cameron’s practice is focused on criminal law, traffic law, and family violence matters.

Cameron comes to the bar after the last 8 years as a prosecutor with Victoria Police.  In this role he ran matters daily in the Magistrates’ Court and Children’s Court, ranging from mention court to contested hearings, and everything in between including the family violence and intervention orders. 

Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2013, Cameron has been seconded to the Civil Litigation Unit, Commissions and Inquiries Division and the VGSO (Police Branch); which gave him experience in civil trials relating to torts, coronial inquests, royal commissions and the provision complex legal advice.  He was also in charge of Supreme Court bail applications that were on appeal from the Magistrates’ Court, regularly appearing in that jurisdiction on bail matters.

Upon promotion to sergeant, he was in charge of the Sex Offence Team at Melbourne, running sex offence matters in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court.

Cameron also spent 13 years in Highway Patrol, where he could not believe he was being paid to ride a motorbike.  This also gave him a keen insight into traffic law and the defences available to motorists.  He was also seconded to the Water Police, and has a good knowledge of maritime law relative to domestic boating.

Cameron is reading with Mr Pardeep Tiwana.


Andreia Monteiro

Andreia accepts briefs in all areas of family law and associated matters including;

  • parenting and property matters;
  • family violence intervention orders;
  • victims of crime compensation; and
  • child protection proceedings.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Andreia was a Senior Lawyer at the Women’s Legal Service and Family Law Legal Service. 

She appeared regularly as a solicitor advocate in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court, Magistrates’ Court and Children's Court (family division).

Andreia also represents parties in mediations and conciliation conferences, and is available for circuit work.

Andreia is reading with Celia Conlan. Her senior mentor is Minal Vohra SC.

Lastly, Andreia speaks conversational Portuguese (Portugal).


 Emma Strugnell

Emma has extensive experience as an advocate in summary and indictable crime. She practices in all areas of criminal law and appears in all jurisdictions. 

Emma regularly appears in plea hearings, contested bail applications in the Magistrates' Court and County Court, and has prepared and been involved in number of successful Supreme Court Bail Applications. She has also appeared and instructed in contested summary hearings and contested committal proceedings, and matters arising under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act. She has instructed in County Court trials.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Emma worked as a Senior Criminal Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. She has worked at the Broadmeadows, Dandenong and Ringwood offices, as well as appearing in indictable matters at Magistrates' and County Courts. Prior to joining Victoria Legal Aid, Emma volunteered at James Dowsley and Associates, Victoria Legal Aid's Frankston Office, and the Peninsula Community Legal Centre. 

In addition to a post-graduate degree in Law, Emma also holds undergraduate degrees in Arts (First Class Hons) and Science, where she majored in history classics and pharmacology. In addition, she holds a Doctorate in History.

She also accepts briefs in intervention order matters, quasi-criminal matters, including coronial inquests, disciplinary tribunals, investigations and Royal Commissions.

Emma is reading with Megan Tittensor and her Senior Mentor is Peter Morrissey SC.

 Emma does not accept direct access briefs.

 Reported Cases

DPP v Kujath [2017] VCC 764 


 Our Readers are able to accept briefs as of next Friday the 26th of October, 2018. To make a booking contact one of my Clerks on 9225 6444.


Please click on the following link for important upcoming Court dates in 2019 - Court dates


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.