Full Name: Mr Colin Mandy S.C.
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: 0419 874 748
Chambers: Stawell Chambers
Room: Room 4 Level 3
Date of Admission: 2 Nov 1992
Called to the Bar: 23 Nov 2000
Appointed Silk: 29 Nov 2018
Qualifications: BA, LL.B.


Colin Mandy practiced as a Solicitor at Melasecca Zayler in Prahran for 8 years after being articled to Rob Melasecca. He was an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist before coming to the Bar, and instructed in a number of high profile matters including the Alan Bond High Court Appeal, and in many County and Supreme Court Trials.  In his first week at the Bar he appeared as junior to Julian Burnside QC in the High Court of the Solomon Islands, and since then has appeared in all Victorian jurisdictions, and several interstate, including murder trials in Perth and drug trials in Sydney. He has recently appeared in the High Court in the case of Strickland  v CDPP [2018] HCA 53.

Colin practices in a wide range of areas, principally defending in criminal trials in the County and Supreme Courts, including appearing as leading  counsel for the defence in a number of murder trials. 

Colin has appeared in many interlocutory appeals, a well as appeals in relation to Conviction and Sentence in the Victorian Court of Appeal; and in Merits Reviews in the Supreme Court. 

He has appeared in Coronial Inquests and for the Plaintiff in personal injury trials, and generally enjoys leading evidence from and cross-examining medical and scientific experts. Colin has provided advice and appeared in Occupational Health and Safety and administrative law matters. 

Colin is a holder of the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate.

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
  • Money Laundering
  • Planning
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Merit Appeals

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • All Australian States and Jurisdictions

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