Full Name: Ms Sarah J Varney
Phone: +61 3 9225 6429
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0419A
Date of Admission: 22 Mar 1999
Called to the Bar: 25 Oct 2012
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BA (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Senior Associate, Clayton Utz; Senior Solicitor, Department of Health (Victoria)


Sarah works in commercial and public law.  Since coming to the bar, Sarah has been briefed by private and government clients in a range of matters including commercial disputes, merits reviews and quasi-crime.

She appears in particular for government department and agency clients in relation to, among other things:

  • administrative law (merits review) matters, in the AAT;
  • residential tenancies disputes in VCAT; and
  • crimes mental impairment reviews and applications in the Supreme and County Courts.

Sarah has a particular interest in planning and environment law.  She is advising traditional owners of land in Papua New Guinea regarding the protection of forests from development contrary to environmental law.

Sarah has recently completed the Masters level subject Planning and Development Law and is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.  She is a reporter for Victorian Reports. 

Prior to coming to the bar, Sarah had exposure to environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects when acting for the State in water, hospital and road projects as a senior associate at Clayton Utz; and during a secondment to Jeantet Associés in Paris.

Other Languages Spoken

  • French

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Merit Appeals
  • Town Planning

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Merits Review

Committee Memberships

  • (Monitor) Equity
From 15 Nov 2012, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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