Military Bar Association


The Military Bar Association of Victoria is the peak body of barristers who have served in the armed forces.

The Military Bar Association is the peak representative body for Barristers at the Victorian Bar who practise Military Law in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Membership of the association includes Legal Officers of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army (AA) and Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) who are also Victorian Barristers or have been Victorian Judges. Membership of the association also extends to current and former serving members of the ADF who practise as Barristers and to those barristers with a keen interest in Military Law.

Our members who are also ADF Legal Officers are experienced practitioners in the three practice areas of Military Law, namely:

  • Military Administrative Law
  • Military Discipline Law
  • Military Operations Law

We encourage you to approach any member of the association's Executive Committee about the ways in which the association and its members can work with you to meet key deliverables to the ADF.

Members’ Expertise

Members of the Military Bar Association who are ADF Legal Officers include serving Reservists who practise in one or more of the three broad practice areas of Military Law as well as in their own chosen fields of legal practice. In addition, our current and former serving members of the ADF have a wealth of military experience and the benefit of legal experience gained outside of the ADF.

For clients, the association gives you centralised access to a select group of Barristers who, through their professional skill, expertise and group collaboration, are highly informed, up-to-date, skilled and considered Australia-wide to be leaders in Military Law.

For members, the association promotes opportunities for introductions to, and provides networking opportunities with, briefing partners as well as establishing closer collegial ties with permanent members of the ADF Legal Corps. The association provides a collegiate forum for sharing and improving knowledge and skills, including: providing CPD presentations; discussing points of Military Law; and reviewing recent developments in Military Law.

Finding and briefing a Military Bar Association Barrister

If you are seeking a Military Bar Association Barrister, consider using our quick search:

Direct briefing of Barristers can help reduce legal costs and give you greater control over the direction and strategy of your matter.

Permanent Legal Officers

Permanent Legal Officers can brief Military Bar Association Barristers who are also ADF Legal Officers through the usual briefing practices within the ADF by providing an R1 Form to the Barrister of your choice.

In-House Counsel & Government Solicitors

In-House Counsel within the ADF, ADF Legal Office, Defence Materiel Organisation or Government Solicitors within the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office are responsible not only for the legal issues faced by the ADF, but also for ensuring that legal solutions are cost effective, practical and aligned to the ADF’s values, interests and objectives. In-House Counsel & Government Solicitors with a current practising certificate are entitled to brief barristers directly and there are many instances where it is practical and more economical to do so. Equally, there are times when it is better to engage a law firm who will then work with the barrister.

Private solicitors

Private solicitors who are seeking a barrister with military experience for matters involving Family Law, criminal matters, Veterans’ entitlements, military compensation law or the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 can brief a Military Bar Association Barrister through their respective Clerk.

Members of the Military Bar Association can be seen here