Louise Martin has a broad public, regulatory and commercial law practice. Some of her recent appearances include:
Louise has also appeared in local government matters and accepts briefs in planning and development disputes and compulsory land acquisitions.
From 2015 to 2017, Louise was the senior civil justice advocate in Victoria Legal Aid's chambers, where she appeared as junior counsel in a number of high-profile strategic public interest cases. She also appeared in cases involving immigration, mental health, infringements, tenancy, discrimination and other administrative law issues. In particular, Louise made numerous appearances in:
Louise read with Richard Niall QC, now the Honourable Justice Niall of the Court of Appeal, and Chris Horan QC and her senior mentor is Peter Hanks 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 in 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 in the commercial litigation group at Clayton Utz in Sydney, where she principally acted for the federal Government in judicial review applications for immigration and customs matters. 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 and industrial relations, and at the Australian Financial Review. Louise was also an editor of the Sydney Law Review - University of Sydney.
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