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Full Name: Ms Lucy M E Line
Email: lline@vicbar.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: 423499485
Chambers: Douglas Menzies Chambers
Date of Admission: 12 Dec 2008
Called to the Bar: 23 Oct 2014
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BA, GDLP, BCL (Oxon)

Profile

Lucy M E Line appears in employment and industrial, disciplinary, criminal and common law proceedings. She also has an arbitration practice. 

Since coming to the bar, Lucy has been briefed on a particularly complex high profile murder case, has appeared in employment law matters and has been briefed by the legal services and the Australian health practitioner regulators. 

Lucy graduated from her undergraduate degrees with First Class Honours and the University Medal, along with five subject prizes. She then completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. She is a former Associate to the Honourable Justice Almond at the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and at a top tier firm as a commercial litigation lawyer. She is also a member of the California Bar. 

Lucy is an editor of Degeling and Edelman, Torts in Commercial Law, 2011, a co-author of two South Australian Law Reform Institute reports into the criminal defence of provocation and has published articles on organised crime and public interest immunity, the nature and scope of prosecutorial duties, and on matters of evidence law. Lucy is also a graduate of the Company Directors Course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lucy’s recent cases include:  

 

International arbitrations

Lucy is currently briefed to appear at an arbitration in an Asian country for a treaty-based international organisation in respect of an employment dispute (2018 - 2019). 

 

Inquiries 

Inquiry into the murder of the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, by David Eastman (ACT) (2013 - 2014) – appearing for Mr Eastman.

This six month judicial inquiry reviewed the safety of Mr Eastman's highly publicised murder conviction. The Assistant Commissioner for the AFP was assassinated outside his home in 1989 and in 1995, Mr Eastman was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2013, Lucy, led by P. Willee QC and M. Griffin QC, challenged the veracity and reliability of the evidence of a key prosecution forensics expert, which was held to be deeply flawed. Failures of the prosecution to disclose material to the defence were also identified.  As a result of the inquiry, Mr Eastman's conviction was quashed and he was released from custody after having served almost 20 years in prison.

 

Criminal

Since the above mentioned Inquiry, from 2014 to 2018 Lucy was briefed in proceedings relating to the prosecution's decision to retry her client for the murder charge. Over the past four years, Lucy has appeared led and unled in over 50 hearings before the ACT Supreme Court and ACT Court of Appeal in connection with this matter. The hearings involved a permanent stay application heard over two weeks, an appeal of that matter, and the admissibility of voluminous evidence. Pre-trial evidential argument canvassed: 47 alleged tendency incidents (in respect of which Lucy argued oral submissions; none of the alleged incidents were admitted), 11 alleged coincidence events, hearsay, identification, consciousness of guilt, alleged admissions, expert forensic evidence, the use of accused's original trial evidence, legal professional privilege regarding the accused’s former solicitors’ evidence and files, and protection regimes surrounding police informants as witnesses.

As a result of this matter, Lucy gained an in-depth understanding of the operations of Calabrian organised crime in Australia, as well as experience with arguing numerous public interest immunity claims. Lucy also handled sensitive information concerning protected police informants that were subject to strict protection orders. 

Lucy was led variously by C. Boyce SC, M. Griffin QC, P. Tehan QC (with P. Doyle) and G. Georgiou SC (with M. Stanton). 

In November 2018, after a five month trial, Mr Eastman was aquitted of the murder charge.

 

Employment 

FWO v M Honey Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] FCCA 2959 (unled) – appearance at a Fair Work liabilities hearing on behalf of an employer and company director. Appeared further at the resulting penalties hearing (2016 - 2017).

Appeared in VCAT for an employee accused of harassing and discriminating against another employee. Matter settled at conciliation (2017). 

Various Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal and adverse action conciliations (2016 - 2017).

 

Disciplinary

Victorian Legal Services Commissioner – various briefs to advise and assist with disciplinary investigations into legal practitioners (2016 - 2018).

Various briefs to advise and assist solicitors in Victoria and Tasmania being investigated by the legal services regulators for alleged disciplinary breaches (2015 - 2018).

Brief to advise whether a client was negligently represented by their former solicitor (2018).  

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – brief to advise the Agency regarding prosecuting a health practitioner for a regulatory offence (2016). 

 

Teaching experience:

  • Labour Law (2018, 2019 [forthcoming]) - lecturer and unit coordinator at University of Tasmania 
  • Advocacy (2017, 2018) - lecturer and unit coordinator at University of Tasmania 
  • Evidence Law (2017) - tutor at Monash University
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (2017) – tutor at Monash University
  • Torts Law (2016) – tutor at Monash University
  • Public Law and Statutory Interpretation (2016) - tutor at Monash University
  • Advocacy (2015) – guest lecturer at University of South Australia
  • Criminal Procedure (2014) – guest lecturer/tutor at University of South Australia
  • Criminal Law (2013) - guest lecturer/tutor at University of South Australia
  • Evidence Law (2012) – guest lecturer at University of South Australia

 

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Industrial Bar Association
  • Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister      

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation

Appellate

  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Merit Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Class Actions
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law

Common Law

  • Class Actions
  • Insurance Law
  • Negligence
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Confiscation of Assets
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Corruption
  • Environmental
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Money Laundering
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Work

Environmental Law & Planning Law

Equity & Trusts

Government

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Industrial Tribunals
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
  • Public Sector Appeals
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Statutory Employment Rights
  • Unfair Dismissal

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Fair Work Commission
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Extradition
  • Health & Medical

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • All Australian States and Jurisdictions

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Library Committee
From 23 Oct 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


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