Full Name: Louise J Martin
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Phone:+61 3 9225 7840
Fax:+61 3 9225 6355
Mobile:0459 900 030
Chambers: Castan Chambers
Room: 1110
Date of Admission: 27 May 2005
Called to the Bar: 18 Nov 2010
Qualifications: LLM (Dist) (LSE), LLB (Hons) (Syd), GDLP (College of Law), BA (Hons) (Melb)


Louise Martin has a broad commercial, regulatory and public law practice. 

In addition to her judicial review and general commercial practice, Louise appears in merits proceedings in VCAT and the AAT in the following areas: cases under the Working with Children Act 2005 and the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986, tax, immigration, Comcare and the NDIS.

She is also experienced in local government matters and accepts briefs in planning and development disputes, panel hearings, and land valuation cases.

Louise also regularly appears in Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 review hearings in the Supreme and County Courts.

Louise read with Richard Niall QC, now the Honourable Justice Niall of the Court of Appeal, and Chris Horan QC and her senior mentor is Peter Hanks QC.

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 in the commercial litigation group at Clayton Utz in Sydney. 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 a background in journalism. She was a journalist at The Age for six years, 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.

A representative selection of her recent appearances includes:

  • McGarrigle v National Disability Insurance Agency [2017] FCA 308 - Federal Court test case on whether partial funding of a support for an NDIS participant is permissible under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 and the meaning of "reasonable and necessary supports" (led by Chris Horan QC);
  • Shields v Deliopoulos [2016] VSC 500 - Supreme Court test case on the meaning of "good repair" and the commencement and scope of landlords' maintenance obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (led by Chris Horan QC);
  • In the Matter of Sestilio Tiziano Cavallari [2016] VSC 478 - Delayed Supreme Court suppression order application under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997  following media publicity (unled);
  • DJLK v Comcare [2016] AATA 457 - Eight-day trial in the AAT under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (unled);
  • Tahla v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 115 - Full Federal Court appeal of whether the Federal Circuit Court fell into jurisidictional error in considering whether study qualifications were "closely related" to a nominated skilled occupation (with Angel Aleksov);
  • Ryan v State of Victoria [2015] VSC 355 - Court of Appeal test case on whether internal police documents on operational tactics were covered by public interest immunity under the Evidence Act 2008 (with Greg Hughan);
  • Love v Vic Roads [2014] VSCA 30 - Court of Appeal land valuation decision and special leave application to the High Court [2014] HCA Trans 174 (led by Graeme Uren QC);
  • Hope v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] AATA 877 - Appeared on behalf of the Tax Commissioner in respect of a challenge to the excess superannuation contributions tax under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (unled);
  • Saeco International Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Giorgio Ubertini [2011] VSC 360 - Supreme Court case involving detinue and breach of confidence in a corporate oppression proceeding (led by Michael Wyles QC);
  • An 11-day inquest into the death of a Bendigo patient living in a Community Care Unit under the Mental Health Act 1986 (decision reserved).

Louise also worked on Federal Commissioner of Taxation v Barossa Vines Ltd  [2014] FCA 20 - a long-running civil penalty procedure action for the Tax Commissioner relating to the "promoter penalty" provisions of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (led by Helen Symon QC with Sam Ure).

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Other Languages Spoken

  • French

Areas of Practice


  • Competition
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Corporations Law
  • Real Property
  • Securities and Investments


  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Social security and veterans' entitlements
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information
  • Proceeds of Crime



  • Wills and Probate


Environment and Planning

  • Compulsory acquisition of land compensation


Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 2 Dec 2010, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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