Melbourne's Trusted Barrister List in Criminal, Family & Commercial Law

Foley’s List, an independent group of over 300 barristers servicing the legal fraternity in all areas of practice. Foley’s barristers own and operate the List. Well respected and with a long tradition of service excellence, Foley’s List is Australia’s leading barristers’ group.



Foley's List regards its barristers as among the leading authorities in their areas of practice. Our Barristers CPD Resource List is pleased to share the knowledge and expertise of its most experienced and emerging barristers.

Foley's List CPD resources are offered as a service to practitioners and are freely available online. There is no charge to attend a Foley's List CPD seminar. We are happy to provide CPD seminars to firms, businesses and organisations.


Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Welcome new members

32 individuals virtually signed the Victorian Bar Roll on 22 October 2020 enabling them to step across the threshold and begin their next adventure as Barrister at Law.

Foley's List personally congratulates Shannon JenkinsBridie Kelly, Julian R Murphy and Simon Thomas for their hard work, cool spirit and determination during this unprecedented time. Welcome to the Foley's family team! We look forward to watching you work.

Our new readers are officially accepting briefs and ready to get to work as barristers. Their full bios can be found here

To engage a barrister, please contact a member of our clerking team on 03 9225 7777 or email

#thinkfoleys #womeninlaw #auslaw #newreaders #vicbar

Friday, 2nd October 2020

Foley's barristers appointed Senior Counsel

Congratulations to Foley's List members Christopher Carr, Elizabeth Ruddle and Peter Fary who were appointed as Senior Counsel in and for the State of Victoria by Chief Justice Anne Ferguson.

They will be welcomed to the Court by way of virtual ceremony on Wednesday 18 November 2020.

Victorian Bar media release

#thinkfoleys #womeninlaw #seniorcounsel #vicbar

Wednesday, 30th September 2020

Vale Eng B (Robin) Chan

Vale Eng B (Robin) Chan
23 October 1978 - 28 September 2020

With great sadness Foley's List notes the unexpected passing of Robin Chan, a member of the Victorian Bar since May 2013 who specialised in commercial, equity, probate, tax and administrative law.

Robin was born in Malaysia and largely educated in Singapore before he came to Australia to study at the University of Melbourne.

Robin was admitted to practice on 17 April 2007 and before coming to the Bar was:
• a solicitor in the Tax and Banking & Finance groups of Deacons Lawyers (now Norton Rose Fulbright);
• a researcher in the Court of Appeal Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria;
• an associate to the Honourable Justice Chris Maxwell (President of the Court of Appeal Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria);
• an associate to the Honourable Justice Susan Kenny of the Federal Court of Australia; and
• an associate to the Honourable Justice Habersberger (Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria).

At the Bar, Robin was a quiet and very reserved practitioner to most of the world, but to the privileged few who knew and worked with him, Robin’s outrageous wit, mischievous sense of humour and infectious laughter could light up not just a room but an entire floor. When analysis time came, Robin’s demeanour changed, the perfectionist appeared and his incredible grasp of authority came to the fore. He was a valued and trusted colleague, team member, adviser and friend, who counted Federal, Supreme and High Court judges in his admirers.

Robin leaves his parents Cheng San Chan and Kim Bee Tong, sister Lee Shia Chan, Brothers Weng Keong (Stan) Chan and Eng Bung (Jake) Chan, and girlfriend Jenny Foo.

He will long be cherished and remembered, and sorely missed.

Tuesday, 25th August 2020

Resilience in the workplace

Building resilience in the workplace has always been a tough nut to crack, no matter the industry. And now more than ever, individuals are learning and growing as they are thrown into unprecedented times.

Foley's Barrister Jason Gullaci interviews Barristers Julie Condon QC and Philip Dunn QC as they share insights on building resilience in the workplace, in personal lives and during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

Full article here

Thursday, 11th June 2020

Judge Fiona Todd

Foley's List Members and Staff congratulate Fiona Todd on her appointment as a judge of the County Court of Victoria.

Full announcement

#womeninlaw #auslaw #countycourt

Wednesday, 13th May 2020

Welcome new members

48 individuals virtually signed the Victorian Bar Roll on Thursday, 7 May 2020 enabling them to step across the threshold and begin their next adventure as Barrister at Law.

Foley’s List personally congratulates Michael Arbogast, Raphael de Vietri, Tessa Duthie, Jenaya Ellis, Alex Finemore, Robert Glavas, Jeremy Karitzis, Matt Murphy, Stewart Pinkstone, Madeleine Sargent and Priya Wakhlu for their hard work, cool spirit and determination during what has been an unprecedented time. Welcome to the Foley’s family team!

Our 11 new readers are now accepting briefs and ready to get to work as barristers!

Full bio document available for downloading and printing here.

To engage a barrister, please contact a member of our clerking team on 03 9225 7777 or email

Tuesday, 28th April 2020

Thinking ADR?

Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) is increasingly being adopted as a tool to help settle disputes alongside the significantly reduced court system itself. During the current COVID-19 pandemic with social distancing, cuts to hearings and court room closures in place, settling disputes through ADR is a great alternative. It allows the client to voluntarily participate in a less confrontational environment, enabling resolution on a mutually acceptable basis. In turn, this will also significantly reduce cost.

Foley’s List barristers are successfully managing to mediate, arbitrate, negotiate, advise and confer remotely via secure video platforms such as Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Skype.

For barrister recommendations and requests, please call (03) 9225 7777 or contact a member of our dedicated Clerking team:

John Kelly - 0412 360 174
Andrew Turner - 0404 024 970
Anna Barry (Tues, Thurs & Fri) - 0497 333 213
Stacey Guyett - 0447 493 533
Tracey French (Mon, Tues & Wed) - 0474 333 255

Monday, 20th April 2020

Best Lawyers 2021 Edition

Foley’s List is proud to announce and congratulate 31 of our barristers who were named in 19 areas of law in the Best Lawyers 2021 Edition.

To view the full list visit the Best Lawyers website:


Climate Change Law: Chris Canavan QC
Construction/Infrastructure: John Gurr
Government Practice: Louise Hicks
Labour & Employment: Jonathan Forbes


Alternate Dispute Resolution  
Peter Fary

Samuel Horgan QC
Justin Mereine
Carey Nichol

Climate Change Law  
Louise Hicks
Chris Canavan QC

Commercial Law
Tim North QC
Cam Truong QC

Competition Law
Tim North QC
Catherine Dermody

John Gurr

Criminal Defence
Philip Dunn QC

Energy Law
Samuel Horgan QC   

Family Law
Andrew Combes
Catherine Devine
Belle Lane
Holly Renwick
Andrew Strum QC
Lachlan Wraith

Family Law Mediation 
Belle Lane

Immigration Law
Guy Gilbert SC

Insolvency & Reorganisation Law
Jonathan Evans QC
Peter Fary
Justin Mereine

Intellectual Prperty Law
Marianne Barker

Labour & Employment Law
Brendan Avallone
Craig Dowling SC
Jonathan Forbes

Robert Peters
Justin Mereine
Michael D Wyles QC

Occupational Health & Safety Law
Guy Gilbert SC
Andrew Palmer QC

Planning & Environmental Law 
Louise Hicks

Susan Brennan SC
Chris Canavan QC
Juliet Forsyth SC
Peter O'Farrell

Real Estate Property Law
Samuel Horgan QC

Regulatory Practice
Samuel Horgan QC

Taxation Law
Andrew de Wijn
Simon Tisher


Monday, 6th April 2020

Switchboard operational & team available!

Our switchboard line is operational and our team is still available!

We are working remotely, taking your calls and enquiries, transferring you through to barristers, sorting mail (where appropriate) and processing payments.

For barrister recommendations or requests please call our switchboard on 03 9225 7777 or for a more direct option, please contact a member of our dedicated Clerk team:

John Kelly - 0412 360 174

Andrew Turner - 0404 024 970

Anna Barry (Tues, Thurs & Fri) - 0497 333 213

Stacey Guyett - 0447 493 533

Tracey French (Mon, Tues & Wed) - 0474 333 255

Thursday, 19th March 2020

Think Foley's podcast NOW LIVE

With a history spanning over a century, Foley's List has cemented itself as the largest Barrister List in Australia with one of the most renowned reputations for service excellence.

Always leading the charge, we have sort to provide Continuing Professional Development seminars FREE of charge over the years and our brand-new podcast resource is nothing short of pioneering convenience excellence.

The team at Foley's List are proud to have launched the FREE #ThinkFoleys CPD podcast resource. Available on our website and major podcast platforms iTunes and Spotify, the #ThinkFoleys podcast resource features a broad range of CPD resource topics for you to listen to with ease.

Follow our podcast on iTunes and Spotify to be kept up to date with newly released episodes and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest details.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020

Foley's List Staff Update

There have been some returning staff and some new staff recently joining the Foley's team. 

Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram to be kept up to date on all the exciting new developments. 


You may have already been so lucky as to have a conversation with her but returning to Foley’s from maternity leave and welcoming her beautiful son into this world, Anna will be working Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


Foley’s List is proud to welcome our latest Clerk Team member, Tracey French.
Tracey comes to Foley’s List with extensive experience at various top tier law firms predominantly in construction and employment practices and most recently, worked in the governance and legal excellence & risk areas.
Tracey’s working hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


To coincide with our ever-growing business, Steph Brown has been bought on as our Digital Marketing Manager who will be establishing some amazing new changes for Foley’s in the digital space in the coming months. 

Friday, 7th February 2020

Think Foley's podcast series

Foley’s List is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the #ThinkFoleys podcast series. Thanks to many renowned List members and barristers, #ThinkFoleys will be featuring a wide range of CPD resource topics enabling barristers, solicitors and other legal professionals to gain knowledge and CPD points whilst on the go.

#FutureofFoleys #Auslaw #CPDresource

Friday, 24th January 2020

Minimising our carbon footprint

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade. And with it, the ever increasing internal dilemma many individuals and companies wrestle with when it comes to leaving our mark on this place we call home!

As we welcome new staff members, List members and little family members, Foley’s will be making another rather historical change.

After 20 years of producing 20 editions of this popular item, Foley’s List have decided to minimise our carbon footprint and cease the production of the much loved Foley’s mouse pad.

We will be focusing our efforts on becoming a more environmentally friendly business throughout 2020, so watch this space!

Friday, 8th November 2019

Leading Victorian Insurance and Personal Injury barristers

List Members Michael Wilson QC, Daniel Masel S.C. and Romesh Kumar have been recognised by their peers as leading Queen's and Senior Counsel and Junior Counsel respectively, practising in the areas of insurance, personal injuries and professional indemnity matters in Victoria. (Doyles Guide, 8 November 2019)

Wednesday, 6th November 2019

Leading Tax Barristers Victoria

List Members Frank O'Loughlin QC, Andrew de Wijn, Tim Grace and Simon Tisher have been recognised by their peers as Leading Tax Barristers in Victoria for 2019. (Doyles Guide 6 November 2019)

Friday, 25th October 2019

CPD update - Contributory Negligence

Diana Manova discusses alcohol and heavy lifting in the context of contributory negligence in the workplace.

Friday, 25th October 2019

CPD update - Contributory Negligence

Robert Paoletti looks at contributory negligence where intoxication and motor vehicles are involved.

Friday, 25th October 2019

CPD update - Family Law

 Family Law barrister Sarah Damon provides an update on a selection of recent Family Law cases.
Friday, 25th October 2019

CPD update - Family Law

 Family Law barrister Anna Parker provides an update on a selection of recent Family Law cases.
Thursday, 24th October 2019

New Readers

Foley's List is pleased to welcomed new Readers: Sally Buckley (Criminal Law), Kay Chan (Commercial Law), Bethany East (Criminal Law/Common Law), Tim Harvey (Criminal Law), Ryan Kornhauser (Commercial Law), Nicole Menegas (Criminal Law) and Joel Tito (Commercial Law/Public Law). To engage a Foley's List barrister, contact a member of our Clerking Team.

Friday, 4th October 2019

Catherine Dermody

List Member Catherine Dermody has been recognised by her peers as a leading junior counsel in Australian Competition Law. (Doyles Guide October 4, 2019)

Tuesday, 24th September 2019

Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Barristers

Foley's List Members Andrew Panna QC, Andrew Dickenson, Stewart McNab and Lachlan Wraith have been recognised by their peers as leading counsel in Wills and Estates practice in Victoria. (Doyles Guide, 24 September 2019)

Monday, 2nd September 2019

The New Foley's List Website

The new Foley’s List website provides a modern design and makes it even easier for website visitors to find the information they need in order to engage the right Barrister for their requirements, including the following features:

  • My List – the visitor can add Barristers of interest to build a short list. From their My List, accessed at any time from the top navigation, the visitor can email the list to the email address they enter, print the list, or save it as a PDF.
  • Barrister Search – backed by the VicBar data, but implemented to provide superior search performance, the visitor can type in parts of the names of barristers, or search through practice areas. Having searched, the visitor can then filter the results by a range of options including seniority, gender and sub-practice areas.
  • Site-wide Searching – through the one search function, a visitor can now search through barristers, CPD resources, and web pages.
  • Enhanced Barrister Profiles – when browsing a barrister profile, the visitor will see CPD resources published by that barrister through the Foley’s List website, and can click through to read the publication, further helping to establish the expertise of the barrister. The profiles also include updated photographs of our barristers. Barrister phone numbers can be clicked to make an immediate phone call straight from the web page.
  • Enhanced CPD Resources – when viewing a particular CPD resource, you can now access the resource in a variety of formats, from the one page. The author names link through to the relevant barrister profile for your easy reference. As a service to the industry all our CPD resources are free and don’t require any form of registration.


Foley's List welcomes expressions of interest to join the Melbourne Barrister List from applicants in all legal practice areas (criminal, family, commercial & others), across all levels of experience.

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