Full Name: Penny Marcou
Phone: +61 3 9225 6885
Chambers: Douglas Menzies Chambers
Room: 0605
Date of Admission: 7 Apr 1993
Called to the Bar: 21 Nov 1996
Qualifications: LLB, BA
Previous Occupation: solicitor



Penny has an extensive practice which spans over 18 years at both trial and appellate level. Her areas of practice are as follows.


  • Penny appears in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Court in criminal jury trials on behalf of the Prosecution and Defence, usually involving some level of legal and factual complexity, often with the use of expert witnesses. She is dedicated to working for individuals when charged with State or Commonwealth offences.
  • She has appeared in major complex fraud trials, historical and recent sexual assault offences, murder (and multiple murder charges), attempted murder and other violent offences including arson. She has appeared in the Supreme Court in criminal test cases and cases involving complex expert evidence. 
  • She has also acted in regulatory prosecutions including white collar crime, Occupational Health and Safety, statutory building offences, Victorian workcover authority.

Intervention Orders

  • Penny appears for parties in applications for intervention orders in stalking matters and family violence in Melbourne and all regional courts. 

Liquor Licensing

  • She represents Company's and Directors seeking to maintain or obtain Liquor Licenses and in defending alleged breaches of the Liquor Licensing Act in VCAT and the Magistrates Court.

Inquests and Enquiries

  • Penny is experienced in representing interested parties and in acting as counsel assisting in inquests and inquiries.  
  • She often acts for model litigants and is familiar with the model litigant principles.

Administrative Law

  • Pennys administrative law experience covers judicial and merits review proceedings in supreme courts, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in the Guardians-Administrations, Mental Health, Domestic Buildings and Legal Practice lists.

Sports Law

  • Penny has a keen interest in appearing for professional and amateur athletes and sporting associations in domestic tribunals. 
  • She is interested in appearing for players and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in the Anti Doping tribunal.  

Child Protection- Department of Human Services 

  • Penny has vast experience in complex Department of Human Services child protection matters in the  Childrens court of Victoria and the appellate jurisdictions.

Prior to being called to the Bar Penny was a solicitor with Maurice Blackburn and was mentored in1996 by Judge J Gullaci (retired County Court Judge). Penny is a member of the Criminal Bar and has experience in tutoring in the Bar readers course.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Common Law

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Parenting Orders

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Customs
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Extradition
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review

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