Louise Martin accepts briefs in most areas of commercial and public law, including administrative law, planning and the environment, employment and industrial matters, and regulatory proceedings.
She appears in all major courts and tribunals, including the Federal and Federal Circuit Courts, the Supreme, County and Magistrates Courts as well as the AAT and VCAT. She is also regularly briefed in summary criminal law and quasi-criminal proceedings.
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 the Court of Appeal and 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.
She was also a solicitor at Clayton Utz in Sydney, where she worked primarily in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. Louise has also been the Senior Civil Advocate in VLA Chambers. In that capacity, she appeared in NDIS, migration, mental health and disability law, tenancy and infringements matters and in cases under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986, the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 and the Working with Children Act 2005. She also regularly appeared in summary crime proceedings.
Louise completed an LLM (with distinction) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, writing a dissertation on 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.
Louise has a background in journalism. She was a journalist at The Age for six years, where she covered state politics, industrial relations and was the Sydney correspondent, and at the Australian Financial Review. Louise was also an editor of the Sydney Law Review - University of Sydney. Louise is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.
A representative selection of her recent appearances includes:
Louise also worked on Federal Commissioner of Taxation v Barossa Vines Ltd  FCA 20 - a long-running civil penalty procedure action for the Tax Commissioner relating to the "promoter penalty" provisions of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (led by Helen Symon QC with Sam Ure).
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