Full Name: Ms Emily Clark
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0412 664 330
Chambers: David Ross Chambers
Date of Admission: 14 Aug 2013
Called to the Bar: 26 Oct 2016
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), GDLP
Previous Occupation: Solicitor Advocate, Stary Norton Halphen


Emily practises primarily in the criminal jurisdiction across a wide range of matters including drug offences, matters of violence, and sexual offences. She is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC).

Emily appears regularly in the Magistrates', County and Supreme Courts including in trials, committals, pleas, appeals, bail applications, contested hearings and Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act matters and Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act matters.

Before coming to the Bar, Emily worked as a Solicitor Advocate at Stary Norton Halphen (formerly Robert Stary Lawyers). During her time at the firm she appeared regularly in criminal defence matters in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts including contested hearings, pleas, appeals, breaches, committals, supervision order proceedings and bail applications. Emily also had carriage of, and instructed in, complex matters including trials, Supervision Order proceedings and appeals.

Whilst at Stary Norton Halphen, Emily appeared as junior in trials in the County Court as well as in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal matters.

Emily has a particular interest in proceedings under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act and the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act. In 2016 she prepared a paper on restrictive conditions and mandatory minimum sentences for breach of Supervision Orders.

Prior to her employment at Stary Norton Halphen, Emily was Senior Associate to His Honour Chief Judge Rozenes AO QC at the County Court of Victoria. There she gained practical experience in the criminal jurisdiction, including in complex trials, the list court, plea and appeal hearings, breach proceedings and reviews of supervision orders and indefinite sentences.

Emily read with David Hallowes SC.

She ran an independent publishing business and worked as a freelance writer before commencing her studies in law.

Emily has a passion for and commitment to social justice. She has previously volunteered with a number of Community Legal Centres and appeared in pro bono matters since coming to the Bar.

Emily has appeared in a number of significant matters, including the following:

  • Collins (a Pseudonym) v The Queen [2018] VSCA 131 
  • Robinson & Robinson v The Queen [2017] VSCA 304
  • Nine Network Australia Limited v Minogue [2016] VSC 158 (junior to A. Palmer)


Emily does not accept direct briefs through BarristerConnect. 

From 27 Oct 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Judicial Review

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