Full Name: Mr Lachlan Carter
Phone: 9225 7102
Phone: +61 3 9225 7102
Secretary: 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 2301
Date of Admission: 23 Apr 2013
Called to the Bar: 4 May 2017
Qualifications: LLB; B.Bus (Economics)
Previous Occupation: Associate to the Hon. Chief Justice Ferguson; Associate to the Hon. Justice Croucher; Solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler.


Lachlan accepts briefs to appear and advise in a range of commercial law matters, with a focus on insolvency, corporations law matters, contractual disputes, equity and trusts. 

Since coming to the Bar, Lachlan has regularly appeared in State and Federal Courts in a range of commercial matters. Significant matters in which Lachlan has been briefed include:

  • Luke & Anor v Aveo Group Limited VID 996 of 2017
  • Bolitho v Banskia Securities Ltd S CI 2012 7185
  • Banksia Securities Limited v The Trust Company S CI 2015 01384
  • Oakton Services Pty Ltd v Toll Holdings Limited & Ors S ECI 2017 00150
  • Fauna And Flora Research Collective Inc v Secretary to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning & Anor S CI 2017 04392

Prior to coming to the Bar, Lachlan was a solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler and a Senior Associate to two Judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

While at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Lachlan worked on a wide range of complex litigation involving corporations law matters, contract and trust disputes, insolvency, competition law and white-collar crime.

As the Senior Associate to the Hon. Justice Ferguson (now Chief Justice of Victoria), Lachlan supported her Honour with the management of the Corporations List in the Commercial Court and later in the Court of Appeal. 

Lachlan also accepts briefs in criminal matters. As the Senior Associate to the Hon. Justice Croucher, Lachlan assisted his Honour with criminal trials for indictable offences including murder, terrorism related offending and obtaining financial advantage by deception. He has a particular interest in proceeds of crime, confiscation law and commercial crime, including criminal cartel prosecutions, civil penalty and other proceedings arising out of investigations conducted by ASIC, the ATO, the ACCC and the Victorian Building Authority 

Significant criminal matters in which Lachlan has appeared since coming to the Bar include:

  • Hancock v R [2017] VSCA 239 (led by Scott Johns QC)
  • DPP v Semso Kraisnik S CI 2017 01725 – Confiscation Act application (unled).
  • CDPP v Simone Semmens CR-16-01616

Lachlan has also appeared in numerous interpleader applications in relation to seized property under the Victoria Police Act 2013.

Lachlan read with two mentors: Hamish Redd, who specialises in commercial law, and Scott Johns QC (now his Honour Judge Johns of the County Court) , who specialises in criminal law.  His senior mentor is Wendy Harris QC.

Areas of Practice


  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Environmental
  • Fraud
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions
From 6 Oct 2017, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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