David J Neal S.C.


  • +61 3 9225 7888

Areas of Practice

  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Appellate
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Work Health and Safety
David J Neal S.C.

David J Neal S.C.

Telephone: +61 3 9225 6483
Email: dneal@vicbar.com.au
Room 0303
Joan Rosanove Chambers
550 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Admitted to the Legal Profession: 

03 Mar 1975

Signed Victorian Bar Roll:

27 May 1993

Appointed Silk:

24 Nov 2005



Also entitled to practise in:

  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia


Taught criminal law at the University of NSW, Commissioner Victorian Law Reform Commission, Head, Legislation Branch Victorian Justice Department, Chair, Model Criminal Code Committee.

Main areas of practice at the Bar: Criminal Law, Administrative Law, Appellate, Occupational Health and Safety, Major Inquests and Royal Commissions.

Appeared for major corporations and government departments including Baulderstone, Multiplex, Leightons, Toyota, United Energy, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria Police, Office of Corrections, Vicroads, Victoria Legal Aid.

Major Inquests: Inquests: Kew Cottages (for Wormald), Port Phillip Prison (for Group 4), Citylink/O'Connor (for Transfield-Obayishi Joint Venture), Beaconsfield Gold Mine (for the mine).

Royal Commissions/Major Enquiries: Children of God (for the parents); Metropolitan Ambulance Service Royal Commission (for Bureau of Emergency Services Telecommunications (BEST)).

Member of Victorian Bar Council (10 years) and serves on the Law Council of Australia committees on Criminal Law and Access to Justice. Prepared and presented numerous submissions to federal and state government committees on these areas on behalf of the Victorian Bar and the Law Council of Australia.



Gardner, Neal and Cashman (eds.), Legal Resources Book (Fitzroy Legal Service, 1977) 448 pp.

Casper, Brereton and Neal, The Implementation of the California Determinate Sentencing Law (Report to the National Institute for Justice (U.S.), 1981) 259 pp.

On Tap, Not on Top: Legal Centres in Australia 1971-1982 (ed.) (Legal Service Bulletin, 1984) 64 pp.

Criminal Laws (Federation Press, 1990) 1464 pp. with D Brown, D Farrier and D Weisbrot.

The Rule of Law in a Penal Colony: Law and Power in Early New South Wales (Cambridge University Press, 1991) 264 pp.


Public Drunkenness: Report (VLRC, 1989) 22 pp.

Public Drunkenness: Supplementary Report (VLRC, 1989) 30 pp.

Offensive Weapons: Report (VLRC, 1989) 22pp.

The Concept of Mental Illness in the Mental Health Act 1986 (VLRC, 1990) 18pp.

Mental Malfunction and Criminal Responsibility: Report (1990) 112 pp.

Homicide: Report (1991) 199pp

General Principles of Criminal Responsibility (Model Criminal Code Officers Committee, 1992) 119pp

Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences (Model Criminal Code Officers Committee, 1995) 365pp

Conspiracy to Defraud (Model Criminal Code Officers Committee, 1997) 99pp

Note: a Discussion Paper written by me preceded each of these Reports.

Neal, “The Role of the Fitzroy Legal Service” (1978) 11 Melbourne University Law Review 267

Basten, Graycar and Neal, “Legal Centres in Australia” (1983) 6 UNSW Law Review 163

Neal, “The Right to Education: The Case of Special Education” (1982) Australian Quarterly 147

Neal and Kirp, “The Allure of Legalization Reconsidered” (1985) 48 Law and Contemporary Problems 63

Neal, “Law and Authority: The Magistracy in New South Wales 1788-1840” (1985) 3 Law in Context 45

Neal, “ The Political Significance of the Jury” in Challinger (ed), Proceedings of the Australian Institute of Criminology Conference on the Jury (Australian Institute of Criminology, 1987)

Neal, “Law and Authority: The Campaign for Trial by Jury in New South Wales” (1987) 8 Journal of Law and History 107

Neal, “Free Society, Penal Colony, Slave Society, Prison?” (1987) Historical Studies 497

Drane and Neal, “On Moral Justifications for the Tort/Crime Distinction” (1990) 68 California Law Review 398

Neal, “Crime Wars” in Kelly (ed), Violence to Non-Violence: Individual Perspectives, Communal Voices (Harwood Academic Publishers, 1994), 21

Victorian Bar Committee memberships

  • Victoria Law Foundation - Justice Museum Legal Reference Group
  • Law Council of Australia - Standing Committee - Access to Justice Committee
  • Law Council of Australia - National Criminal Law Committee

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