Strength and Diversity in All Areas of Law

Foley’s List is an independent group of 300 barristers servicing the legal community in all areas of practice. Being Melbourne’s largest Barrister’s List, Foley’s List operates with over 160 years of experience. Foley’s barristers own and operate the List, which upholds its long tradition of service excellence and provides the highest standard of advocacy in all different types of legal matters.



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.



Welcome Pierre Testart

Tuesday, 14th June 2022

Foley's List is very excited to announce that Pierre Testart has recently joined Foley's List. We extend our warmest welcome to Pierre. 

Pierre was called to the Bar in 1991 and read with Garry Moore. 

Pierre's practice consists predominantly of family law matters, though he has had experience in other areas of law and accepts briefs for Guardianship and Administration matters, and other matters by negotiation. 

Pierre began at the Bar with a varied practice, with Magistrates' Court appearances in civil and criminal matters, developing into a County and Supreme Court practice, conducting both judge alone and jury trials. Pierre appeared in the Federal AAT, and in VCAT regularly, in a range of matters, including Town Planning and Guardianship and Administration matters.

Pierre's interest in family law, developed as a solicitor, saw him receiving more briefs in that area, and by about the year 2000, most of his practice consisted of family law matters, although his interest in other areas saw him briefed in a number of cases with unusual facts.

Pierre has a background in property law and general commercial law that enables him to conduct complex family law property settlement matters, including Full Court appeals.

Pierre has practiced at the Appellate level in the County Court (on appeals from the Children's Court and the Magistrates' Court) and in the Victorian Court of Appeal; however, the bulk of his appellate work has been in the Full Court of the Family Court.

On the parenting side of family law, Pierre's skills in cross-examination have allowed him to represent his clients effectively.

Pierre is an accredited Advocacy Coach with the Australian Advocacy Institute, and has delivered numerous seminars and workshops in general advocacy, and family law, in the company of Queen's Counsel and Family Court judges.


Leading Technology Barristers - Doyle's Guide

Thursday, 19th May 2022

Foley's List is thrilled to congratulate Marcus Hoyne for being recognised as a Recommended Technology, Media & Telecommunications Barrrister in Victoria for 2022.

Marcus Hoyne has more than 20 years experience in commercial litigation at both trial and appellate level.  He has been consistently ranked as one of Victoria's leading junior counsel in Technology, Media and Telecommunications and in Intellectual Property matters by Doyles Guide.

Marcus’ particular areas of speciality are:

Defamation and media law

Marcus is a highly experienced defamation and media law barrister who has acted for all of the major commercial television networks, News Limited and Fairfax.  He also acts for a number of individual and corporate clients, both plaintiffs and defendants.

IT and Telecommunications

Marcus is one of Australia’s most experienced telecommunications junior barristers, having acted in a number of matters that have gone to the High Court.   He has acted for a variety of wholesale and retail telecommunications clients (including TPG. Iinet and Primus amongst others). He has also acted for a number of commercial entities in their disputes with their telecommunications providers.

Marcus also has a particular interest in IT disputes and litigation and has acted for and against software developers and hardware manufacturers in a number of matters.

Shareholder, Partnership and Trading Trust disputes

Marcus has acted in dozens of shareholder, partnership and trading trust disputes including disputes involving oppression.

To engage with Marcus, you can contact our Clerks today via:
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Best Lawyers in Australia 2023 Honourees

Wednesday, 4th May 2022

We are very proud to announce that 28 of our List Members have been recognised by Best Lawyers in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia, in 20 different practice areas. This includes 3 barristers who were named Lawyer of the Year in their practice area, which is a recognition given only to one lawyer in each practice area for each city. We congratulate all the barristers listed below:

Philip A. Dunn QC

Criminal Defence

Andrew J. Palmer QC

Occupational Health and Safety Law


Brendan J. Avallone

Labour and Employment Law

Christopher J. Canavan QC

Climate Change Law
Planning and Environmental Law



Samuel R. Horgan QC

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Energy Law
Real Property Law
Regulatory Practice


Michael D. Wyles Q.C.

Competition Law

Susan Brennan S.C.

Planning and Environmental Law


Jonathan Evans QC

Insolvency and Reorganization Law

W. Guy Gilbert S.C.

Immigration Law
Occupational Health and Safety Law


Craig W. Dowling S.C.

Labour and Employment Law

Juliet E. Forsyth S.C.

Planning and Environmental Law


Cam H. Truong QC

Commercial Law
Real Property Law

Peter Fary SC

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Insolvency and Reorganization Law


Andrew Combes

Family Law

Marianne T. H. Barker

Intellectual Property Law


Lachlan Wraith

Family Law

Belle L. Lane

Family Law
Family Law Mediation


Carey J. Nichol

Alternative Dispute Resolution

John R. Gurr

Construction / Infrastructure Law


Peter O'Farrell

Planning and Environmental Law


Catherine Devine

Family Law

Justin S. Mereine

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Insolvency and Reorganization Law


Catherine Dermody

Competition Law


Holly Renwick

Family Law

Eliza Bergin

Immigration Law


Leading Construction & Infrastructure Barristers - Doyle's Guide

Thursday, 31st March 2022

Congratulations to the following Barristers who has been named in Doyle's Guide as leading barristers in construction and infrasturcture matters!

Timothy Margetts QC

Recommended Construction & Infrastructure Barrister

Tim Margetts QC practices in commercial/construction/engineering disputes, many of which have been conducted under the domestic and international arbitration process. He has extensive trial experience in highly technical commercial/construction/engineering disputes, in all Australian courts and in international arbitrations.

Andrew Palmer QC

Preeminent Construction & Infrastructure Barrister

John Gurr has a commercial practice, with a particular focus on major infrastructure, resources and construction projects, both locally and internationally. John has appeared as counsel in significant domestic and international commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA and IAMA, including arbitrations seated in London, Singapore and most Australian capitals. He is regularly briefed in commercial matters in the superior courts, including industrial disputes in the construction and engineering sector.

To engage with our construction and infrastructure barristers, contact one of Foley's clerks:
  (03) 9225 7777


Leading Employment Barristers - Doyle's Guide Australia

Friday, 25th March 2022

Congratulations to the following Barristers who has been named in Doyle's Guide as leading barristers within the areas of employment, industrial relations and workplace safety matters across all Australian legal markets.

Craig Dowling SC

Recommended Employment Law Barrister

Craig's practice is predominantly in the areas of industrial and employment law and the related areas of administrative, disciplinary and discrimination law. He appears regularly in the Federal Court, the Fair Work Commission, and other courts and tribunals, in trials and appeals. Craig has a national practice involving regular interstate appearances and advice.

Brendan Avallone

Preeminent Employment Law Barrister

Brendan has advised and acted in a number of high profile industrial relations cases and has appeared on behalf of employers and Government agencies in the Courts, the Fair Work Commission and its predecessors, in matters regarding industrial action, protected action ballot applications, industrial disputes, unfair dismissal applications and underpayment claims.

Mark Rinaldi

Leading Employment Law Barrister

Mark appears regularly in the Federal, Supreme, Federal Circuit and County Courts, Fair Work Commission, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and various disciplinary tribunals, as well as providing advice and conducting mediations (as an accredited mediator), predominantly in employment, industrial and commercial law matters. He also has chambers in Hobart, and is a member of the Tasmanian and Western Australian Bar associations.

Nick Harrington

Recommended Employment Law Barrister

Nick Harrington has significant experience in all areas of industrial law, employment law and discrimination and human rights law. He appears regularly in the Federal Courts and in the Fair Work Commission and VCAT. He also has experience in federal judicial review litigation. Nick has consulted to some of Australia's largest companies providing occupational health and safety training services.

Matthew Minucci

Recommended Employment Law Barrister

Matthew acts for clients across a broad range of industries, including building and construction, mining, aviation, financial services, health, education, transport, retail, manufacturing, power generation and stevedoring. He also acts for various State and Federal government agencies.

To engage with Foley's Employment and Industrial relations barristers, contact one of Foley's clerks:
  (03) 9225 7777


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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