Full Name: Mr Glenn Barr
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Chambers: Isaacs Chambers
Date of Admission: 7 Apr 1999
Called to the Bar: 10 May 2018
Qualifications: LLB
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


Glenn accepts briefs in criminal law (including quasi proceedings such as suppression orders, contempt, public interest immunity etc), occupational health and safety/industrial relations law, environmental regulation/prosecutions and administrative law matters. 


Prior to coming to the Bar, Glenn had more than 15 years’ experience working for the Office of Public Prosecutions, Worksafe Victoria (secondment) and Crown Counsel (Advisings)/Department of Justice and Regulation. 

  • He occupied a number of senior roles including managing all criminal appeals in Victoria, which involved providing advice on complex legal and legislative policy matters. 
  • He has appeared in approximately 15 matters (led) in the Court of Appeal and has had involvement in key cases involving the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, including the leading case of Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) 245 CLR 1.
  • His regulatory experience includes providing advice, and conducting prosecutions, in relaiton to highly sensitive regulation and enforcement matters at WorkSafe Victoria.


Glenn has particular interests in the laws of evidence, criminal procedure and sentencing. 

  • He implemented the Evidence Act 2008 and Criminal Procedure Act 2009 in 2009 and 2010 along with Chris Beale (now Justice Beale) as well as co-publishing LIJ articles on evidence law. 
  • He also recently assisted Andrew Palmer SC update Chapter 14 (Privileges, including Public Interest Immunity) and Chapter 15 (Client Legal Privilege) in the textbook: Gans, Palmer and Roberts, Uniform Evidence, Oxford University Press (3rd ed) 2019.


Since coming to the Bar, Glenn has been briefed to act in a variety of regulatory, criminal and quasi-criminal law matters (both at the investigative stage and litigation stage) including the following:

  • Public interest immunity cases on behalf of Victoria Police (including in the Supreme Court). 
  • Criminal matters on behalf of both defendants and prosecuting agencies.
  • Advice matters, including to government departments and agencies as well as representative assocations (such as the Victorian Off Course Agents Association) during the investigative stage in relation to possible contraventions.
  • Regulatory matters on behalf of both corporate defendants and government agencies.


Examples of regulatory matters in which Glenn has acted for defendants (both corporate and individuals) include the following:

  • Appearing (unled) on behalf of a major energy producer in relation to 4 environmental charges of breaching licence conditions with a total maximum penalty of $1.45 million.  Upon pleas of guilty, the company was sentenced to a without conviction fine of $21,000 (plus $10,00 costs).  EPA applications for publication orders in national and state newspapers (at the company's cost) pursuant to s.67AC Environmental Protetion Act were successfully opposed, with the publication order limited to the local newspapers. 
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  • Appearing (unled) on behalf of a group of 4 related transport/construction companies in relation to 48 environmental charges of transporting waste without a permit with a further 48 charges against a company director.  After successfully negotiating the withdrawal of all charges against the company director as well as 44 charges against the companies, the matter proceeded as a plea of guilty to 4 rolled up charges (1 per company).  With a total maximum penalty of $1.417 million ($354k per company) each company was sentenced to a without conviction fine of $10,000 ($40,000 in total) (plus a proportionate amount of $30,000 in costs with a co-accused).


  • Appearing (unled) on behalf of an electrician who was charged as an individual employer in relation to two OH&S charges contrary to ss.21(1)& (2)(a) (charge 1) and 21(1)&(2)(e) (charge 2).   A third-year apprentice suffered significant flash burn injuries (to his arms and face) whilst working on a live switchboard and not being directly supervised. After successfully negotiating the withdrawal of charge 1 and negotiating a limited factual culpability in relation to charge 2, the matter proceeded as a plea of guilty. The defendant was sentenced to a without conviction fine of $12,000 plus $5,232 in costs.
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Glenn read with Andrew Palmer and his Senior Mentor is Paul Holdenson QC.

* Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals
  • Merit Appeals

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Corruption
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Mental Illness
  • Money Laundering
  • Property
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle
  • Victims of Crime

Environmental Law & Planning Law

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Civil Liberties
  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
  • Migration Law

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • High Court of Australia
From 11 May 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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