Louise Martin has a broad practice incorporating commercial and public law. She appears in all major courts and tribunals. Louise has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. In 2010, she completed a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Before coming to the Bar, Louise was the associate to the Honourable Justice Weinberg AO in the Federal Court of Australia 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. Prior to that, she was a solicitor at Clayton Utz in Sydney.
Louise read with Richard Niall QC, now the Honourable Justice Niall of the Court of Appeal, and Chris Horan QC.
Louise has been instructed in class actions, corporate oppression proceedings, general contractual disputes, and employment matters.
Public Law and Regulatory Matters
Louise has considerable experience appearing as counsel in judicial review matters, merits review hearings in VCAT and the AAT, inquiries and regulatory prosecutions. In particular, Louise has appeared in:
- Matters on behalf of applicants and respondents seeking guardianship and administration orders under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (Vic) and orders in relation to powers of attorney under the Instruments Act 1958 (Vic) and the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic);
- Proceedings under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 in the Supreme and County Courts;
- Public Interest Immunity matters in the County, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal;
- Freedom of information proceedings in VCAT;
- Tenancy matters in VCAT and the Supreme Court; and
- Matters under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 in the AAT and the Federal Court.
She accepts briefs in disciplinary proceedings and compulsory examinations. Louise also regularly appears in quasi-criminal and criminal law proceedings.
Planning and Local Government
As part of her administrative law work, Louise has a growing practice in planning law. She has appeared in planning and development disputes in VCAT, land valuation cases in the Court of Appeal and the High Court, and enforcement proceedings in the Magistrates' Court. Louise is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and reports on planning and environment cases for the Victorian Reports.
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 primarily worked in the commercial litigation and public law teams. Louise has also been the Senior Civil Advocate in Victoria Legal Aid Chambers. In that capacity, she appeared as counsel in:
Louise also appeared in a long-running inquest in Bendigo involving the death of a mentally ill patient who was living in a Community Care Unit on hospital grounds. The inquest resulted in systemic changes being made to the hospital's practices.
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 excellent written and oral communication skills due to her background in journalism. She was a journalist at The Age, 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.
In 2018, Louise participated in the Australian Bar Association’s 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.