Full Name: Elizabeth H Ruddle
Phone:+61 3 9225 8972
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1123
Date of Admission: 28 Apr 2003
Called to the Bar: 12 May 2005


Elizabeth Ruddle is a commercial, criminal and property law barrister with a focus on the strategic needs of her clients – particularly those “caught between jurisdictions”. 

Elizabeth’s practice includes a range of commercial and regulatory matters in the higher Courts, including litigation where fraud, theft or misfeasance is alleged.  She also regularly appears in matters involving professional regulators including judicial review.

She is also a leading practitioner in matters before VCAT where she has experience in all civil jurisdictions. Elizabeth has appeared in matters involving tenancies, building and planning as well as commercial disputes large and small. Elizabeth has spoken often on the topic of VCAT practice and teaches the readers course session on this topic.

Her criminal practice includes County and Supreme Court criminal jury trials, plea hearings and appellate work in both the Court of Appeal and High Court. She is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister and a member of the Commonwealth DPP External Junior Counsel Panel.

Elizabeth is experienced in and focuses on criminal charges (and related regulatory matters) for breaches of the Liquor Licencing Act, Gaming Regulations, Planning and Environment Act, Domestic Building Act and Building Act as well as Occupational Health and Safety prosecutions. She is also deals with ASIC, fraud and white collar crime matters.

Elizabeth has an extensive understanding of the Confiscations Act (Vic) and Proceeds of Crime Act (Cwlth) and their relationship with the proper conduct of criminal cases and role in sentencing. She is able to advise and appear in applications for restraining orders, forfeiture orders and civil forfeiture. She is able to negotiate resolutions which can positively affect matters such as sentence or compensation.

Elizabeth prides herself on her skills as a Court advocate and her understanding of the commercial, personal and practical realities of her clients. Her divided practice gives her an in-depth understanding of court dynamics, strategic elements of trials and matters of evidence.

Elizabeth is a Member of the Victorian Bar Council, teaches at the Victorian Bar Readers Couse and is an accredited advocacy instructor. Elizabeth has undertaken cultural awareness training provided by Kellawan Indigenous Consultants for persons who are members of Aboriginal communities.


B. Sc., LL.B

Papers and authorships

2012 Victorian CLE series "A Beginners Guide to VCAT Civil Jurisdiction"

2012 "Liquor Licensing in Victoria"

2013 "A Guide to the Confiscation Act 1997" (with Jason Gullaci)

2014 "Some Key Concepts in the Evidence Act 2008 for civil practitioners"

2017  "Commercial and Retail Leases - Common Problems and Misconceptions in Lease Litigation"

2017 "The challenges and opportunities of a policing agenct conducting proceeds of crime enforcement" - 35th Cambridge International Symposium on economic crime

Elizabeth is the current author of the chapter on Confiscations in Criminal Law, Investigation and Procedure Victoria and has previously been a contributing editor of Halsbury's Laws of Australia on a range of Real Property topics.

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Areas of Practice


  • Appellate
  • Building and Construction
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Real Property
  • Restraint of Trade


  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Property Offences
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • Work Health and Safety


  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals


  • Appellate
  • Real Property

Environment and Planning

  • Civil enforcement
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Local Government


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Committee Memberships

  • Victorian Bar Council
  • Bar/BCL Liaison Committee

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