Full Name: Mr O Paul Holdenson QC
Phone: 9225 7179
Phone: +61 3 9225 7231
Secretary: +61 3 9225 7179
Chambers: Aickin Chambers
Room: 3214
Date of Admission: 27 Feb 1989
Called to the Bar: 25 May 1989
Appointed Silk: 24 Nov 1998
Qualifications: LL.B. (Hons.), B.Ed. (Accounting), Dip.Crim., Dip. Math. Sci.


Paul Holdenson Q.C.(LL.B. (Hons.), B.Ed. (Accounting), Dip.Crim., Dip. Math. Sci.) was admitted in Victoria and signed the Bar Roll in 1989. He is also admitted to practice in N.T, N.S.W., Tasmania and W.A. Paul was appointed one of her Majesty's Counsel in 1998. He was accredited as a mediator in 1995.

Paul has developed a specialist practice as an appellate advocate, appearing predominantly in criminal appeals. He regularly appears before the Victorian Court of Appeal, the High Court of Australia and interstate appellate courts, including Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

His practice also involves appearances in first instance matters in the Federal, Supreme and County Courts, and the provision of written opinions. Paul also regularly advises and appears for both private clients and government agencies in a wide range of regulatory and quasi-criminal matters.

He has particular interests in the law of criminal procedure and the law of evidence and has co-authored a number of articles concerning various aspects of the law of evidence which have been published in the Australian Law Journal.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Category A: Eleven counsel who are Queen's Counsel, Senior Counsel or junior counsel of not less than fifteen years standing
  • (Member) Law Council of Australia - National Criminal Law Committee
  • (Member) Law Council of Australia - Standing Committee - National Criminal Law Liaison Committee
  • (Member) The Indictable Crime Certificate Committee (ICCC)

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