Full Name: Gerard O'Shea
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Date of Admission: 24 May 2005
Called to the Bar: 23 Oct 2014
Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, M. Mil Stud, Grad. Dip. Mil Law, psc(j)


Gerard practises primarily in administrative and criminal law. He holds the VicBar's Indictable Crime Certificate and is on Victoria Legal Aid's Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister list. He is also a member of the Commonwealth DPP's External Junior Counsel program and an accredited VicBar Advocacy Instructor.

Gerard comes to the Bar with dual careers in law and the military. From 2006-2014 he served as a legal officer in the Australian Regular Army. In that role he developed a broad international law, administrative and disciplinary practice. He regularly advised on operational and humanitarian law, statutory decision making, freedom of information and privacy, work health and safety, and criminal and disciplinary matters. In 2013 he was appointed counsel assisting to a Commission of Inquiry into a service death.

Gerard has served as a lawyer in Iraq, East Timor and Afghanistan.  He remains passionate about military law and legal support to veterans. He is a member of the Army Reserve, currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Infantry Corps.

After leaving the Army Gerard became a senior associate at Sharpe & Abel. There he advised on corporate law, regulatory compliance and commercial dispute resolution, focused on the engineering and technology sectors

Gerard has undertaken cultural awareness training provided by Kellawan Indigenous Consultants for persons who are members of Aboriginal communities. Gerard is a member of the Bar's Student Engagement Committee and welcomes approaches from students who would like information on coming to the Bar. Gerard is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and has served as an aide to the Governor of Victoria.

Commencing in January 2018 Gerard has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of Melbourne University Regiment. MUR is an Army Reserve unit with a long and proud history, and is known to many members of the legal profession in Victoria. Unfortunately this appointment means his availability to accept briefs is limited and contact should be made through his clerk in the first instance.

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Areas of Practice


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review
  • Social security and veterans' entitlements
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information


  • Crimes against the person
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Property Offences
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime


Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Federal Courts
  • Northern Territory

Committee Memberships

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Student Engagement Committee
From 23 Oct 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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