Full Name: Ms Cecily B Hollingworth
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Chambers: Brian Bourke Chambers
Room: 508
Date of Admission: 28 Apr 2003
Called to the Bar: 20 Nov 2008
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), B.Bus (Banking & Finance)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


Cecily Hollingworth has been a lawyer for over 13 years (8 years as a barrister).  She appears in criminal and family law trials both in Victoria and interstate. Her achievements include:

  • ICC Certified Barrister (Indictable Crime Certificate)
  • Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister 
  • Completed Victoria Legal Aid Talented Junior Program (advocacy training & appearance)
  • Full time in house counsel for Aboriginal Legal Service Trials in Kalgoorlie, WA in 2013
  • Written & presented seminars in Tendency Evidence, Sex Offences, Sentencing etc
  • Serving member - Victorian Football Federation Disciplinary Tribunal

Court of Appeal -Drafting & Appearance

  • RHB v R [2011] VSCA 295 (Tendency Argument)
  • Tamati v R [2012] 153

Trial Practice - Multiple jury trials as junior, co and sole counsel (Criminal Defence and Crown)

  • Police v John TORNEY (Child murder) (Junior to Julie Condon) (Committal & Trial)
  • R v Alexander SEMAAN, Hanna SEMAAN & Megan BELJULJI (Murder & ATPCJ) (Junior to Michele Williams QC) (Jury Trial)
  • R v Eastern WOODHEAD (Murder, CMI Jury Trial) (Junior to Michael Tovey QC)
  • R v Tracey KERR (Murder, Jury Trial) (Junior to Shane Tyrrell)
  • R v Geoff ARMOUR (Murder, Trial & Plea) (Junior to Shane Tyrrell)  
  • R v Pericles PAPADOPOULOS (Murder) (Junior to Remy van de Wiel QC) 
  • R v Barrubin (Aggravated People Smuggling) (Junior to Marcus Dempsey)

Cecily has worked as in house counsel at the Office of Public Prosecutions & Victorian Legal Aid and as a senior associate at a private defence firm.  Cecily has also worked as a solicitor at Phillips Fox and Minter Ellison Lawyers in the competition and commercial groups and worked as a Para-legal in English law firms.

Cecily is currently working pro-bono on a Death Row Case in Indonesia and previously appeared for various Refugees and assisted in the Victorian Inquest into Deaths in Private Prisons.

Cecily has previously lectured at Monash University in Evidence and Corporations Law and is currently completing her Masters of Law and undertaking toxicology and anatomy subjects through the University of South Australia Nursing degree.  She is a member of the Coldrey Chambers' and Foley's List Committee.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

Family Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Continuing Professional Development Committee
  • (Ordinary Members) Criminal Bar Association
  • (Member) Health and Wellbeing Committee

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