BAR ROLL NO: 2852
It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death of Leo La Fontaine. Leo passed away on Monday at the age of 82 years.
Leo was admitted to practice in 1962 and worked in the Attorney-General’s department in various roles for 31 years before coming to the Bar.
He commenced his career as a legal officer in the Crown Solicitor’s Office (now the Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor), returning to that office four times to undertake different roles, including a period as Acting Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor in 1986–87.
Leo’s father, Clifford, was a police officer. Leo was also engaged by the Police Department for two years from 1964 as a legal assistant, where he gained valuable experience in advocacy. He was the Solicitor to the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs (Vic) for 11 years from 1975, General Counsel for the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs for three years from 1987 and a Delegate of the Australian Securities Commission in the early 1990s.
Leo came to the Bar at the age of 56 in 1993. He read with Philip Tribe and established a practice in administrative law (merits review), commercial law and criminal law. Leo retired from the Bar in 2003.
Deepest sympathies are extended to Leo’s family.
Funeral service and wake
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Leo La Fontaine will be held on Wednesday 22 May, 10.30am at St Mary Star of the Sea Church, 33 Howard Street (cnr Victoria Street) West Melbourne, followed by a wake at the Royal Standard Hotel at 333 William Street Melbourne.