Full Name: Ms Louise J Martin
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 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 practises in commercial and public law with particular expertise in class actions, regulatory law, administrative law and planning and environment law. She appears in all major courts and tribunals. Louise has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. In 2010, she completed a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Before coming to the Bar, Louise was the associate to the Honourable Justice Weinberg AO in the Federal Court of Australia 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.  Prior to that, she was a solicitor at Clayton Utz in Sydney.

Louise read with Richard Niall QC, now the Honourable Justice Niall of the Court of Appeal, and Chris Horan QC.

Commercial Law

Louise has been instructed in long-running class actions, corporate oppression proceedings, general contractual disputes and employment matters. 

Public Law and Regulatory Matters

Louise has considerable experience appearing as counsel in judicial review matters, merits review hearings in VCAT and the AAT, inquiries (including inquests) and regulatory prosecutions. In particular, Louise has appeared in:

-  Matters on behalf of applicants and respondents seeking guardianship and administration orders under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 and orders in relation to powers of attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act 2014;

- Proceedings under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 in the Supreme and County Courts;

- Public Interest Immunity matters in the County, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal;

- Freedom of information proceedings in VCAT;

- Tenancy matters in VCAT and the Supreme Court; and

- Matters under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 in the AAT and the Federal Court.

She accepts briefs in disciplinary proceedings, compulsory examinations and quasi-criminal law proceedings.

Planning and Local Government

As part of her administrative law work, Louise has a growing practice in planning law. She has appeared in planning and development disputes in VCAT, land valuation cases in the Court of Appeal and the High Court, and prosecutions under the Planning and Environment Act 1987  in the Magistrates' Court.

Other Languages Spoken

  • French

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Civil Procedure Law
  • Class Actions
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • Property & Probate

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Civil Enforcement
  • Merit Appeals
  • Planning Offences
  • Town Planning

Equity & Trusts

  • Guardianship & Administration
  • Powers of Attorney

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

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

  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Health & Medical
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Industry Regulations
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
  • Social Security

Committee Memberships

  • (Ordinary Members) Women Barristers' Association
From 2 Dec 2010, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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