Abigail I Burchill

Areas of Practice

  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Social security and veterans' entitlements
  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Fraud
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Property Offences
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • Criminal Appeals
Abigail  I Burchill

Abigail I Burchill

Email: aburchill@vicbar.com.au
Mobile: 0450 926 001
Room 0506
Gorman Chambers
533 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne Vic 3000

Admitted to the Legal Profession: 

01 Apr 1996

Signed Victorian Bar Roll:

27 Oct 2011


Abigail was a senior solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) before joining the Bar in October 2011. She brings a thorough working knowledge of public prosecutions developed over 15 years spanning appearance and advocacy work, as well as the preparation of detailed and complex submissions.

Abigail offers significant expertise in criminal law, including appearing in summary and indictable criminal hearings, bail applications, County Court pleas, appeals and trials.

An experienced public advocate, she has dealt with matters ranging from drug importations, cybercrime, Centrelink, Medicare fraud, cultural heritage and other regulatory prosecutions. 

She has also acted as the CDPP freedom of information and privacy officer.

Abigail is a Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung woman and past-President of Tarwirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria.

Overview of legal expertise

  • Administrative Law (Merits Review)
  • Criminal Law/Interventions/Compensation
  • Magistrates Court
  • Children’s Court
  • Social Security/Welfare
  • Inquests
  • Mental Health

Recent matters

Notable Appearances

  • The Queen v Pham:  Trial (2 weeks) County Court at Melbourne:  Defence Counsel.  Importation of heroin/attempt to possess heroin (Cth);
  • The Queen v Tadros:  County Court at Melbourne.  Junior Defence Counsel in plea hearing for complex fraud charges (Cth).  Verdins issues raised – autism spectrum disorder;
  • The Queen v Rodriguez:  Plea County Court at Melbourne and preparation of appeal package for Appeal against Sentence to Court of Criminal Appeal:  Defence Junior Counsel.  Using a carriage service to send offensive material (Cth);
  • The Queen v Lytrus:  County Court at Melbourne.  Junior Defence Counsel in complex drug prosecution.  Matter involved various offences against the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) (large commercial quantity of MDMA).  Successfully negotiated alternative charges under poisons provisions of Drugs Act.  This was on the basis that the substance tested as BzP;
  • The Queen v Kelleher:  County Court at Melbourne.  Defence Junior Counsel in successful application for a permanent stay of complex fraud charges (Cth);
  • Koeleman v Nolan:  Supreme Court of Victoria .  Koeleman v Nolan [2012] VSC 128 (4 April 2012).  Counsel for appellant in Appeal from Magistrates’ Court to Supreme Court on Question of Law (s272 Criminal Procedure Act 2009). Successful appeal against a restitution order made in the Magistrates’ Court;
  • Campbell v Whiting:  Magistrates’ Court (summary contested hearing).  Accused charged with possession of child pornography and going equipped to steal.  All charges dismissed;
  • McCreddan v LAC:  Magistrates’ Court at Melbourne.  Defence Counsel in complex Centrelink prosecution involving a dead beneficiary case where accused elderly and from a NES background. Mental health issues/(Verdins) raised.

Victorian Bar Committee memberships

  • Deputy Chair - Indigenous Justice Committee

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