Lucy M E Line appears in employment and industrial cases, disciplinary and regulatory matters, work health and safety cases, in common law, public law and inquiries. She also accepts briefs in competition and consumer law and in wills and probate matters.
Lucy has appeared in the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, County Court, Fair Work Commission and VCAT. She has also appeared before an international arbitration tribunal sitting in Korea.
Lucy has appeared in trials (led and unled), contested hearings, interlocutory disputes, committals, penalties hearings and sentencing hearings.
Before coming to the Bar, Lucy graduated with First Class Honours in Law and the University Medal, along with five subject prizes in Law. She then completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. She is a former Associate to the Honourable Justice Almond at the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and has practised in litigation at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Lucy has published several articles in law journals and has co-authored two reports of the South Australian Law Reform Institute (listed under the publications tab).
Lucy’s recent cases include:
Employment, work health and safety and common law
Comcare work health and safety prosecution - acting for the Commonwealth, the defendant, led by D Hallowes SC, with C Currie (2019).
Lucy appeared in a private arbitration held in an Asian country for a treaty-based international organisation regarding a dispute about the dismissal of an employee for misconduct (2019).
FWO v M Honey Pty Ltd & Anor  FCCA 2959 – Fair Work liabilities hearing appearing for an employer and company director. Appeared further at the resulting penalties hearing (2016 - 2017).
Appeared in VCAT for an employee accused of harassing and discriminating against another employee. Matter settled at conciliation (2017).
Various Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal and adverse action conciliations (2016 - 2019).
Various WorkCover matters (2019).
Lucy has tutored Torts Law at Monash University and is an editor of Degeling and Edelman, Torts in Commercial Law (2011).
Public law, disciplinary matters and inquiries
Victorian Department of Education and Training - advice on conflicts in responding to a legal proceeding (2019).
Victorian Legal Services Commissioner – various briefs to advise and assist with disciplinary investigations into legal practitioners (2016 - 2019).
Various briefs to advise and assist solicitors in Victoria and Tasmania being investigated by the legal services regulators for alleged disciplinary breaches (2015 - 2018).
Brief to advise whether a client was negligently represented by their former solicitor (2018).
Lucy has appeared in several hearings concerning public interest immunity claims by police and government agencies; R v Eastman (No 18)  ACTSC 180, unled; R v Eastman (No 14)  ACTSC 66, unled; and R v Eastman  ACTSC 97, led by C Boyce SC.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – brief to advise the Agency regarding prosecuting a health practitioner for a regulatory offence (2016).
Inquiry into the murder of the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, by David Eastman (2013 - 2014) – appearing for Mr Eastman. This six month judicial inquiry reviewed the safety of Mr Eastman's highly publicised murder conviction. The Assistant Commissioner for the AFP was assassinated outside his home in 1989 and in 1995, Mr Eastman was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2013, Lucy, led by P. Willee QC and M. Griffin QC, challenged the veracity and reliability of the evidence of a key prosecution forensics expert, which was held to be deeply flawed. Failures of the prosecution to disclose material to the defence were also identified. As a result of the inquiry, Mr Eastman's conviction was quashed and he was released from custody after having served almost 20 years in prison.
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