Darren Bracken practises broadly in the civil jurisdiction providing strategic advice and advocacy in both common law and commercial proceedings. His broad experience allows efficient and insightful assessment of facts, law and circumstances resulting in early identification of a case’s strengths and difficulties. Darren’s strong verbal skills facilitate real communication with a broad range of clients and his sincerity and professional verve result in his clients feeling engaged and confident that their interests are bein enthusiastically advanced. Darren’s acute commercial sense facilitates cost effective representation resulting in real solutions.

Darren’s experience includes appearing in cases involving debt disputes, insurance disputes (acting for both insurer and insured), professional indemnity claims, defamation proceedings, building disputes. Confiscation Act matters, Sentencing Act claims for property and compensation and a wide range of tortuous claims including class actions/group proceedings. Darren has appeared in many Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases dealing with applications for compensation under the Sentencing Act including many of the 'Esso/Longford applications' and subsequent appeals.
He has appeared at the Racing Appeals Tribunal, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board and the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Darren's forensic skills are augmented by 15 years in the Victoria Police Force substantially involved in the investigation of complex crime. He completed his articles of clerkship with Abbott Stillman and Wilson dealing with a wide variety of commercial (including bankruptcy) and personal injury litigation. On coming to the Bar, Darren read with Mark Dreyfus QC (now Federal Member for Isaacs).

Darren was a sessional staff member at Deakin University during 1998-2001.

In June 2005, led by Lex Lasry QC (as he then was) went to Sierra Leone for the appeal of an Australian citizen in relation to serious criminal charges and whilst there was appointed an Independent Prosecutor to the Special Court of Sierra Leone.

Darren is currently a Law Reporter for the Victorian Reports in relation to Civil and Commercial matters.

Darren is a member of the Common Law Bar Association and a committee member of the Medico Legal Society.

• The Shifting Sands of Compensation for Pain and Suffering under the Sentencing Act
Law Institute Journal Vol. 76 November 2002

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Areas of Practice

Common Law/Personal Injury

  • Intentional Torts



  • Appellate
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering



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