Full Name: Mr Timothy J Seccull QC
Phone: +61 3 9225 8311
Phone: +61 3 9225 8966
Secretary: +61 3 9225 8311
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1906
Date of Admission: 29 Feb 1988
Called to the Bar: 25 May 1989
Appointed Silk: 22 Nov 2016
Accredited as Mediator: 29 Feb 1996
Qualifications: LLB


Tim Seccull QC was admitted to practice in 1988. Since signing the Bar Roll in 1989 his area of practice has related to the common and statutory law entitlements of persons injured as a consequence of tortious conduct. This work has included cases concerning asbestos-related diseases, transfusional and medically acquired HIV, psychiatric injury consequent upon the collision of HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager and psychiatric injury disease and disorder consequent upon sexual assault.

Tim commenced work in the sexual assault area in 1994. Such cases are complex and involve the examination of issues relating to anonymity, Statutes of Limitation and the nature and extent of psychiatric injury and damage. In this context, Tim was involved, together with Robin Gorton QC., in the plaintiff’s successful appeal to the High Court in the matter of Stingel v Clark [2006] HCA 37. Tim’s work in this area continues, together with a commitment to general common law litigation.

Tim has appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse:

Case Study 16 "Public Hearing Into The Melbourne Response" on behalf of the Foster Family.

Case Study 28 "Public Hearing Into The Responses Of Catholic Church Authorities To Instances Of Sexual Abuse In The Ballarat Region" on behalf of various victims and the Ballarat CASA.

Case Study 30 "Public Hearing Into Victorian State run Youth Training and Reception Centres.

In 1993, Tim wrote, together with Peter Gordon, a paper on “HIV Litigation in Australia” that was presented to the Australian Legal Conference in Hobart.

Tim’s work in the sexual assault area is documented in a book entitled “Hell on the Way to Heaven” written by Chrissie Foster with Paul Kennedy, 2010.

Tim chaired a seminar into "Civil Claims For Institutional Abuse" for Legalwise in November 2014.

Tim is a member of The Common Law Bar Association.

Tim was appointed Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victoria in 2016.

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Expert Determination
  • Mediation
  • Neutral Evaluation


  • Civil Appeals

Common Law

  • Dust Diseases
  • Insurance Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Motor Vehicles & Transport
  • Negligence
  • Work Injury Damages

Criminal Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

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