He has four degrees including a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Masters in Education from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom with first class honours and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne (Prize in Intellectual Property). Terence Guthridge has a broad range of experience in corporate and commercial law.
He is fully accredited with an Indictable Crime Certificate
Terence Guthridge is an experienced Trial Barrister practicing in all Magistrates Courts, The Federal Court, The Childrens' Court, The Family Court, VCAT , The Migrant Review Tribunal and the County Court.He has been admitted to the High Court of Australia. He is member of the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List. Terence Guthridge read with prominent barrister Peter Morrissey QC and was mentored by Colin Lovett QC
Before signing the Bar Roll, Terence Guthridge was a Principal Solicitor practicing across a broad area of general law including both Criminal Law and Commercial Law. He has acted for large corporate clients and individuals in a wide range of civil litigation such as property settlements, contract disputes, building disputes, torts, negligence, injunctions, insolvency, bankruptcy and debt recovery. He has also acted for clients in intervention orders, divorce, and family court matters.He has extensive experience in criminal law as both prosecution and defence counsel. He has acted as defence counsel in matters ranging from rape, assault, culpable driving, dangerous driving, theft, burglary and other property offences.
He has acted for the Office of Public Prosecutions on numerous occasions in matters of breach of community based orders, and suspended sentences. He has conducted jury trials defending people charged with culpable driving causing death. He has also appeared as defence before the Australian Crime Commission on a legally confidential matter.
Other matters in which he has acted as defence counsel for criminal matters are theft, robbery , burglary, handling stolen goods, going equipped for stealing, assault, recklessly cause injury, intentionally cause serious injury, drug trafficking, possession of prohibited drugs, possession and cultivation of drugs, “glassing”, threat to kill, stalking , indecent assault, violence offences, family violence, indecent assault, rape, trespassing, property offences, dangerous dog attacks, dangerous driving, driving over .05, refuse breath test, resist arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, obtaining financial advantage by deception, falsification of documents, forged handwriting, offences of defrauding Centrelink, offences against rail transport authority, driving offences, aiding and abetting and many bail applications. Terence Guthridge has also acted for parties on numerous occasions on contested intervention orders.
In addition he has also appeared in the Family Court on contested property matters and in the Children’s Court on child protection orders and custody matters
He has qualified as an advanced advocate menotored by Judge Hampel from the Australian Advocacy Institute which dealt with Advanced Cross Examination at Trial and the OPP Workshop on Sexual Offences Interactive Legal Workshop.He has acted as a judge and advisor for new barristers in the Victorian Bar Barristers Training Course.
He has attended the Forensic Services Department of the Victorian Police and has advanced knowledge on forensic examinations of crime scenes.
He has also appeared in the Federal Court, The Family Court, Children’s Court, Migration Tribunal, Koori Court and VCAT on matters related to those jurisdictions.
At the Victorian Bar, Terence Guthridge also has expertise and specialises in advice in Film, Television and Entertainment Law, Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Contract law, and Family Law. Terence Guthridge was an Award winning film and television producer and University qualified Executive Producer and continues to provide legal advice to film and television producers. He is a prize winning graduate of The University of Melbourne's internationally recognised Juris Doctor Law Course winning the University Prize in Intellectual Property Law. He has been a Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and an Adjuct Professor at Curtin University and has been a sessional lecturer in Contract Law at Victoria University.
He is also qualified in Sports Law and is Tribunal Member of the Australian Football Federation. Terence also advises on legal matters regarding Film and Television production, copyright and intellectual property matters.
I wish to share my experience on the professionalism& intellectual leadership demonstrated by Mr Guthridge in the lead-up to today's hearing at the Supreme Court of Victoria.
I was able to view first hand how his extremely polite and respectful discussions became highly effective in attaining the desired outcome, with a strategy that was a smooth as silk. No bluster, no tantrums, no grandstanding - just respectful engagement.
Terence was like the "Iceman" relentlessly progressing with key issues, with no bluster or voice raising, or repeating of issues. It was like a string of very effective "action words" where the total effect was greater than the sum of its parts. All delivered in an extremely polite manner.
We were amazed at how in-depth his knowledge had became from the briefing we provided, just a few days earlier. Our briefing was extensive and it covered a multitude of issues including emails, energy supply issues, technology limitations, fraud, misrepresentations, multitudes of invoices, and precedents in Case Law.
Mr Guthridge mastered the lot and just delivered his powerful statements in professional text-book style.
We just sat and watched in amazement as he linked the issues with powerful effect.
We admit we enjoyed the effective delivery, that appeared to occur in a natural way.
Prior to the day's hearing, Mr Guthridge provided a fantastic mentoring service, taking time and generously explaining the issues that had to be factual and backed up with evidence.
All through this, he provided a patient ear, and never once cut us off, or stopped us from explaining details, even though he had other jobs waiting on his help.
We have no hesitation in saluting his keen mind, his strategic thinking, his strong mastery of the issues in law, his guiding hand, and his generous spirit, all capped by the actions of a perfect gentleman and leader.
We wish Mr Guthridge great success in helping others, as effectively as he demonstrated for us today.
Thanks greatly Mr Guthridge - we salute you. Dr.Eddie Pereira, Director, EPA
I am pleased to recommend Terence Guthridge as a professional and solid individual that I have enjoyed the pleasure of working with over the past 8 years, on a range of assignments from Commercial Litigation to Personal Legal matters.
He has proven to be an extremely capable intellectual with a lateral mind and a depth of experience which provides him with the skills to comprehend your brief diligently thereby enabling development of effective strategies.
From a commercial view point I have briefed Terence on numerous occasions over the years and have enjoyed success in solving complex and challenging issues in a cost effective and timely manner.
You will find that he is an approachable gentleman so in the event you have the requirement to brief a Barrister then I recommend that you take the time to meet with Terence as I am confident you will be suitably impressed and comfortable in trusting him with your assignment. Terence has a pleasant personality so your work with him will be an enjoyable experience, he also has the ability to minimise the stress associated with your involvement in these type of activities.
Commercial Property Developer
I have been represented by Mr Terence Guthridge for many years now and I can highly recommend him as a person of integrity and professionalism. He is easy to work with, is attentive to detail and is trustworthy. I regard him as a loyal, close friend. He has represented me at highest level on a number of complex issues and I am very satisfied with the outcome. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the legal profession and attentive and diligent to the task at hand. I have no hesitation in recommending him to any person who requires legal or profession advice. Yours Simon Abney-Hastings 15th Earl of Loudoun.
Terence Guthridge is a very professional lawyer and barrister. He has provided advice to me on a special complex project in which I am involved and I found him to readily available at all times for advice and assistance. He has been an excellent mentor on legal matters and I haver found him to be very approachable.
I can highly recommend Terence as a person of ability and integrity who will go the extra mile to be of assistance.
James Uncles, Lawyer
I have had the good fortune to instruct Terence in a number of complex and high profile matters and am lucky to state that I am yet to ever lose a matter that he has been retained for. Joseph Buccheri, Lawyer
I have known Terence Guthridge for a number of years, and can highly recommend him as a caring, courageous and dedicated trial Barrister who always goes he extra mile for both corporate clients and individuals. Mr Guthridge has a wealth of experience in most jurisdictions and has a wide knowledge in civil litigation, contract disputes, negligence, bankruptcy and debt recovery, family law, and criminal law offences. Michael Kuzliny, Lawyer