Louise Martin appears in all State and Federal courts and tribunals in commercial, regulatory and public law matters. She also has a growing employment and industrial law practice.
Commercial law: Louise has worked on long-running regulatory and civil penalty proceedings, corporate oppression matters, and class actions.
Public Law: Louise regularly advises on statutory interpretation and has considerable experience appearing (both unled and led) as counsel in complex judicial review and merits review hearings. She has appeared in matters under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic), the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 (Vic), the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic), the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth), the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic), the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic), the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth), the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Vic), the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic), the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (Cth) and in PII proceedings. Louise has also appeared on behalf of the family of a deceased patient at a long-running inquest in Bendigo, which resulted in widespread changes to hospital practices.
Employment and industrial law: Louise has a growing practice in employment and industrial law.
Louise read with Richard Niall QC, now the Honourable Justice Niall of the Court of Appeal, and Chris Horan QC.
Before joining the Bar, Louise was an associate to the Honourable Justice Weinberg in the Federal Court and she moved across with him when he took up his appointment to the Court of Appeal. Louise was also the researcher to the former Solicitor-General for Victoria, now the Honourable Justice Tate of the Court of Appeal. As researcher, Louise worked closely with the Solicitor-General on advice and litigation work, including constitutional cases in the High Court and matters relating to the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Prior to that, she was a solicitor at Clayton Utz in Sydney, where she worked on complex commercial and public law matters, primarily in relation to trusts, contractual disputes and judicial review. In particular, she worked on a long-running superannuation deed rectification case for a superannuation trustee and represented the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs. During her time in the public law team, she regularly appeared as a solicitor-advocate in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court.
Louise holds a Masters of Law with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialised in statutory interpretation and human rights legislation. She also holds a BA (first-class honours) from the University of Melbourne and an LLB (first-class honours) from the University of Sydney.
Before becoming a lawyer, Louise spent six years working as a journalist at The Age, where she started as a cadet. She ultimately covered state politics, industrial relations and was the Sydney correspondent. She later worked as an editor at the Australian Financial Review. During her law course, Louise was an editor of the Sydney Law Review - University of Sydney. As a barrister, she has previously been a reporter for the Victorian Reports and was on the editorial committee of Bar News.
In 2018, Louise participated in the Australian Bar Association’s week long residential Advanced Advocacy Course in Sydney, the Court of Appeal Advocacy Program coordinated by her Honour Justice Tate in conjunction with the Women Barristers’ Association, and the VPELA moot. She is an advocacy instructor for the College of Law.
Louise is the secretary of the Women Barristers' Association.