Full Name: Adam Chernok
Fax: +61 3 9914 2777
Mobile: 0400 896 532
Chambers: Niagara Lane Chambers
Date of Admission: 16 Apr 2008
Called to the Bar: 1 May 2014
Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Environmental Studies) LLB (Melb); LLM (Melb)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor Advocate; Judge's Associate

Other Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Romanian


Adam is an experienced advocate in a broad range of serious criminal law and related administrative law matters.  He is particularly adept at representing clients in cases arising out of sophisticated investigations and involving complex evidentiary and legal issues.

He regularly appears for the defence (both with senior counsel and without a leader) in trials in the State courts, appeals, committals, contested hearings and bail applications as well as a range of procedural hearings and hearings in coercive commissions of inquiry, such as Royal Commissions, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and IBAC.

Most recently, he has been briefed in matters involving homicide, violence, large-scale drug offences, armed robberies on ‘hard targets’, money laundering and charges arising out of protest actions.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Adam was an associate to the Honourable Justice Byrne at the Supreme Court of Victoria, worked in-house at the Office of Chief Examiner - Victoria Police (the mandate of which is the investigation of serious and organised crime) and for a number of years regularly appeared as a solicitor advocate with the Melbourne offices of Doogue & O’Brien and as a sole practitioner.

Adam is also passionate about and maintains an active interest in both academic and in pro bono and international work.

He has studied and undertaken research at the University of Melbourne and Griffith University and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. His research interests include: civil disobedience and protest; covert policing; coercive powers; surveillance; and human rights.  He has also undertaken international humanitarian response training with RedR Australia.

During January - March 2014, Adam carried out work for Reprieve in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, with a view to establishing anti-death penalty programs in those countries for the organisation.  From May - November 2014, he was briefed to defend a group of asylum seekers in the Republic of Nauru, who were facing charges arising out of a riot at the Australian detention centre.

Adam read in Crockett Chambers with Mandy Fox QC (now Judge Fox) and senior mentor Peter Morrissey SC. He holds an Indictable Crime Certificate, is on the Victoria Legal Aid list of counsel and is accredited as an advocacy instructor by the Victorian Bar.  He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and Liberty Victoria.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

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

Environmental Law & Planning Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

International Law

  • Public International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Civil Liberties
  • Customs
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review

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