Strength and Diversity in All Areas of Law

Foley’s List is an independent group of 300 barristers servicing the legal fraternity 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.


Thursday, 9th September 2021

Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Barristers - Doyle's Guide

Foley's List is thrilled to congratulate Andrew Panna QC, Lachlan Wraith, and Andrew Dickenson for his recognition by Doyle's Guide as a Recommended Wills & Estates Litigation Barrister in Victoria 2021. We are delighted that their fantastic work has been recognised by the legal community in Victoria. 

Andrew Panna QC 

Andrew Panna QC practises primarily in Commercial, Contract, Bankruptcy, Equity, Trusts, Company, and Admiralty and Maritime Law, Intellectual Property ( Copyright, Trade Marks, Designs, Patents, Confidential Information ), Media and Entertainment, Trade Practices, Retail Tenancies and Testators Family Maintenance, Sale and Transportation of Goods by sea and air. His briefs to appear are at the County, Supreme and Federal Court level. General advice briefs are welcome.

Lauchlan Wraith 

Lachlan Wraith has a broad and practical understanding of legal and taxation issues related to estates, trusts (testamentary, family, special disability, and compensation trusts), charitable trusts (including “PAFS”) and representative administrations (VCAT and EPoA). He is intimately acquainted with issues relating to licensed trustee companies, Chapter 5D of the Corporations Act and the regulatory environment in which licensed trustee companies operate. Lachlan also has considerable experience in the management and litigation of deceased estates. 

Andrew Dickenson

Andrew Dickenson practises mostly in the area of wills and estates, including the testators family maintenance claims, and equity and trusts. Andrew also appears regularly in proceedings involving real property including sale of land disputes and caveat removal applications.

Friday, 27th August 2021

Podcast: New federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Foley’s List is excited to announce our upcoming podcast:
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ
– Presented by Anna Parker and Simon Fuller

With the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court to merge into The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia this September 1, Foley's List Barrister Simon Fuller will be sitting down with Anna Parker (Senior Registrar & National Operations Registrar—Judicial Case Management, and formerly of Foley’s List) ) to discuss this merger and all that it entails, including:

- Increased emphasis on alternative dispute resolution
- Changes in child inclusive conference reports
- New expected timeframes
- Contraventions
- New litigant and practitioner obligations

This Seminar will be released early September, free of charge. It will be presented in the easily accessible form of an episode of our Think Foley’s CPD podcast series.

๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ:

Friday, 27th August 2021

CPD Podcast: "Who Gets the Gold Bar?"

Season 3 Episode 4 of Think Foley's Podcast is now live and available for download.

“Who gets the Gold Bar?” – A look at the complex labyrinth of how the court deals with an Inheritance – presented by Robyn Wheeler

In this episode, Robyn Wheeler examines inheritances and how they are treated in Family Courts. She takes a deeper look into cases including Aleksovski v Aleksovski (1996), from which the infamous “Gold Bar” quote originates, to as recent as the 2021 case Roverati & Roverati and explores the different considerations that influence how ‘the Gold Bar’ is split between parties. 

You can listen to this episode on Foley's Website,  Apple PodcastSpotify, or search Think Foley's on your preferred podcast platform.


Robyn Wheeler  is an experienced trial advocate. Her practice involves complex property and children cases, appellate work, and she conducts successful mediations. Prior to being called to the bar Robyn was a partner in a national firm heading the Family Law section. Robyn has a particular interest in Equitable interests and “farming cases” given her background. Robyn’s practice has taken her interstate on circuits, and to a number of other registries of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.

Previous Episodes:

  • Financial resources in Family Law – Bronia Tulloch: LISTEN 
  • Equitable interests in land – Simon Fuller: LISTEN
  • Mediation: The Good, the Bad, and the Binding - Belle Lane & Alex Metherell: LISTEN

View the full program outline for our Family Law CPD Online series: DOWNLOAD

To receive updates when new episodes are released: SUBSCRIBE

Wednesday, 25th August 2021

Leading Administrative & Public Barristers - Doyle's Guide

Congratulations to the following Barristers who has been recognised in Doyle's Guide's Administrative & Public Law ranking. We're thrilled to see their hard work recognised in the legal community. 

Dr Ian Freckleton AO QC 

Dr Freckelton is an experienced silk who practises in a broad range of areas throughout Australia and internationally in cases which require a high level of strategic skills and close analysis of technical material in the form of expert evidence. He has particular skills in addressing the broader repercussions of  legal disputation so that clients can achieve outcomes which address the issues that have taken them before courts and tribunals. He is an assertive and analytical advocate, equally comfortable with oral advocacy and written submissions, whether these be at first instance or on appeal.

Steven Brnovic

Steven has recently concluded as Counsel Assisting the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry. Since coming to the Bar, Steven has appeared in public and regulatory law, employment law and licensing matters.  Steven has a strong presence in the Review and Regulation and Residential Tenancies lists at VCAT.  He regularly acts for the Department of Justice and Community Safety, Department of Transport, Victorian Building Authority, Victoria Police and VicRoads in all jurisdictions.  He has conducted judicial review proceedings with respect to VCAT decisions (both led and unled), conducted and defended summary prosecutions, and has a strong advisory practice, including with respect to energy and gaming regulation.

Fiona McKenzie 

Fiona McKenzie practises mainly in the area of administrative law. In recent years she has focussed on Aged Care work for Aged Care providers who are facing regulatory action by the Department of Health and Aged Care or the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.

She has a strong academic background which includes a Master of Laws at the ANU, where she submitted a thesis on international human rights law issues arising in the Australian Federal jurisdiction. She has written a book for practitioners and decision makers, 'Administrative Power and the Law', which has been reviewed favourably here and in the UK.

James Stoller 

James has a broad practise in commercial, public and regulatory law.  He also practises in some areas of common law.  James acts for and against government parties in:

  • Judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals. 
  • Professional disciplinary, licensing, and other regulatory proceedings.  
  • Merits review proceedings before VCAT and other specialist tribunals, including in relation to professional and occupational regulation, licensing, payment of statutory benefits, and freedom of information.
  • Various other public law matters, including anti-discrimination proceedings, commissions of inquiry, regulatory investigations, disputes in relation to public interest immunity and client legal privilege, applications for closed court and proceeding suppression orders, and statutory prosecutions in a regulatory context. 
Wednesday, 25th August 2021

Welcome New Readers

It is unfortunate that we weren't able to have our usual Readers Welcome Night to welcome the September 2021 intake.

Nevertheless, we're elated to have met up over Zoom last night to finally welcome our newest additions to Foley's List.

It is with great pleasure that we now introduce the following Readers:
Alyse Mobrici (Tax & more)
Amara Hughes (Crime & more)
Amrita Malik (Family & more)
- Cheryl Richardson (Admin/Public & more)
Julian Lynch (Construction & more)
Nicholas Dodds (Tax & more)
Olivia Callahan (Crime & more)
- Paris Lettau (Workplace Relations & more)
Sai Ranjit (Crime & more)
Stephen Bunce (Commercial & more)

They will be open to accepting briefs after signing the Bar Roll on 21 October.
We look forward to seeing great work from these amazing Readers!

Tuesday, 24th August 2021

Leading Criminal Barristers - Doyle's Guide

Congratulations to the following Barristers who has not only been recognised earlier in Doyle's Guide's Criminal Law Ranking for Victoria 2021, but now again Australia-wide. Foley's List is very proud to see their hard work recognised by the legal community across Australia. 

Philip Dunn QC -- Leading Criminal Law Senior Counsel, Australia 2021

Philip Dunn QC Philip Dunn QC is an experienced trial advocate who has conducted trials and pleas for forty years. Philip is based at Crockett Chambers in Melbourne but regularly appears in all states in Australia. As a trial lawyer he conducts defences in all types of criminal matters; notably murder, conspiracy, corporate and tax fraud and, drug and sex offences. In addition, Philip has appeared in many Royal Commissions, inquests and sports law matters.


 Paul Holdenson QC -- Recommended Criminal Law Senior Counsel, Australia 2021

Paul Holdenson QC

Paul Holdenson Q.C.(LL.B. (Hons.), B.Ed. (Accounting), Dip.Crim., Dip. Math. Sci.) was admitted in Victoria and signed the Bar Roll in 1989. He is also admitted to practice in N.T, N.S.W., Tasmania and W.A. Paul was appointed one of her Majesty's Counsel in 1998. He was accredited as a mediator in 1995. Paul has developed a specialist practice as an appellate advocate, appearing predominantly in criminal appeals. He regularly appears before the Victorian Court of Appeal, the High Court of Australia and interstate appellate courts, including Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.


Richard Edney -- Leading Criminal Law Junior Counsel, Australia 2021

Richard Edney

Richard Edney was admitted to practice in 1997. From 1998 to 2002 he worked as a criminal lawyer for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. He then worked as Senior Lecturer in Law at Deakin University and taught evidence and criminal law. During this time he was also a consultant solicitor advocate for the law firm Doogue & O'Brien and appeared in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts in criminal matters.


Mark Gumbleton -- Recommended Criminal Law Junior Counsel, Australia 2021

Mark Gumbleton

Mark Gumbleton practices principally in criminal law.  His expertise is in drug related proceedings and other organised crime; white-collar crime; OHS and other regulatory offences.  He holds a doctorate in criminal law, in the area of complicity.  Mark has been listed in Doyle's Guide to the Leading Criminal Law Barristers since its inception for each of the following years: 201520162017201820192020 and 2021.


Anthony Lewis -- Recommended Criminal Law Junior Counsel, Australia 2021

Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis has experience in a range of areas including criminal law, commercial crime, proceeds of crime and occupational health and safety law. He has appeared in criminal trials in the County and Supreme Courts and in appeals in the Court of Appeal.  Anthony is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister.  He is also an accredited specialist criminal law advocate under the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate program. Anthony’s experience also extends to coronial inquests and to regulatory investigations and disciplinary hearings.


Simon Moglia -- Recommended Criminal Law Junior Counsel, Australia 2021 

Simon Moglia

Simon practises primarily in the Criminal jurisdiction in the County and Supreme Courts. He holds a Victorian Bar Indictable Crime Certificate and is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred barrister. His particular experience lies in cases of:- mental impairment and fitness to plead;- risk assessment and preventative detention, eg, supervision orders;- terrorism offences; - sentence appeals; and- young offenders. Prior to legal practice he worked in the community sector for 15 years in LGBTIQ rights, youthwork, governance and policy-making.


Friday, 20th August 2021

Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Barristers - Doyle's Guide Ranking

Congratulations to Jonathan Evans QC and Peter Fary SC, who was not only recognised in Doyle's Guide's Insolvency and Restructuring Ranking for Victoria 2021 last month, but now also as Recommended, across all Australia.

Jonathan Evans QC has a broad range of trial and appellate experience in commercial litigation spanning more than 20 years, specialising particularly in insolvency, corporations, property and trust law. He has acted and continues to act for numerous administrators, receivers and liquidators in respect of complex administrations.

Peter Fary SC practises in commercial and insolvency litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He appears regularly in interlocutory hearings, trials and appeals in the Federal, Supreme, Family, County, and Federal Circuit Courts.

Friday, 20th August 2021

CPD Podcast: Mediation - the Good, the Bad, and the Binding

Season 3 Episode 3 of Think Foley's Podcast is now live and available for download.

Mediation – the Good, the Bad, and the Binding – presented by Belle Lane & Alex Metherell

Belle and Alex share their experiences, insights, and wisdom of Mediation in Family Law and then take a deeper look at the legislation pertaining to it. Belle explores mentalisation and the procedural justice effect as some of the things to keep in mind, in order to get the best out of both parties. Alex examines the legislation and caselaw relating to the enforceability and admissibility of written agreements made at Mediations.

Visit our website, Apple Podcast, or Spotify to listen to this episode, or search Think Foley’s on your preferred podcast platform.


Belle Lane  is an experienced mediator conducting mediations both in person and online, and teaches Mediation at AIFLAM. She practises in all areas of the family law and de facto jurisdictions, including pre-trial applications, trials, mediations, arbitrations, advice, and paperwork. 

Alex Metherell is an advocate with experience in family law and related jurisdictions. Alex appears in the Federal Circuit Court, Family Court and Magistrates’ Courts. She accepts briefs to appear at both local and interstate registries, to undertake regional and circuit work, mediations, and paperwork.

Previous Episodes:

  • Financial resources in Family Law – Bronia Tulloch: LISTEN 
  • Equitable interests in land – Simon Fuller: LISTEN

View the full program outline for our Family Law CPD Online series: DOWNLOAD

To receive updates when new episodes are released: SUBSCRIBE

Friday, 13th August 2021

CPD Podcast: Equitable interests in land

Season 3 Episode 2 of Think Foley's Podcast is now live and available for download.

Simon Fuller presents: Equitable interests in land

In this episode, Simon discusses equitable interests in land insofar as they are relevant to family law disputes. 

The seminar covers the relevance of equity to family law matters with particular reference to Parts VIII, VIIIAA and VIIIAB of the Family Law Act and the concept of accrued jurisdiction.It also considers the preliminary matters considerations in equitable land disputes including caveats, joinder, and pleadings. Finally, the seminar also considers some types of equitable proprietary claims including resulting trusts, constructive trusts, and proprietary estoppel.

Listen to this episode on our website, Apple Podcast, Spotify, or search Think Foley’s on your preferred podcast platform.

View the accompanying Powerpoint which outlines many of the cases, principles, and statutory provisions referenced. VIEW

This is the second part of our 2021 Family Law CPD Online series, with more episodes to come every week this August, to give you high quality informative content in accessible, convenient podcast form.

View the full program outline for our Family Law CPD Online series. VIEW

Listen to our previous episodes: 

  • Bronia Tulloch presents Financial resources in family law LISTEN

To receive updates when new episodes are released, SUBSCRIBE

Wednesday, 11th August 2021

Leading Arbitration Barristers - Doyle's Guide Ranking

Congratulations to Caroline Kenny QC for being recognised on Doyle's Guide as a leading arbitration barrister! We're thrilled that her impressive work in arbitration has been recognised by the Australian legal community. 

Caroline Kenny QC

Caroline has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial disputes including as  Queens’ Counsel for 12 years, as a nationally accredited mediator and as an arbitrator. She has practised in Australia, New York and London and is admitted in all three jurisdictions.  She was appointed Queens Counsel in 2008.

Caroline maintains chambers at Owen Dixon Chambers West in Melbourne, Australia, and at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London. She practices in a broad range of commercial law, insurance law, construction, energy and intellectual property disputes. 

Caroline is a Chartered Arbitrator and regularly sits as an arbitrator. She is the President of the Australian branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a Fellow of CIArb, a Fellow of the Australian Centre For Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and a Fellow of  the Arbitrators’ and Mediatiors’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). Her arbitration experience includes appointments as counsel, sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in numerous international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitral institutions.  She is on the London based CIArb Approved Faculty Listing (AFL) and has taught the CIArb pre-eminent Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and for three successive years at Oxford university. Caroline was the Course Director for the APAC Diploma in International Arbitration course held in Perth in July 2018 and in Singapore in May 2019.  She is also the Course Director for the CIArb Accelerated Route to Fellowship course and for the CIArb Award Writing course.

Caroline’s ruling as a sole arbitrator in a challenge to jurisdiction was upheld by the High Court of Singapore and led to new law on an arbitral tribunal’s discretion when a challenge to jurisdiction is made:  Malini Ventura v Knight Capital Pte Ltd and others  SGHC 225.

To download Caroline's CV click here.  For a list of cases in which Caroline has been involved click here.

Tuesday, 10th August 2021

Stewart Bayles and Kellie Blair Appointed Judges of the County Court

The team at Foley's offers our heartfelt congratulations to Stewart Bayles and Kellie Blair, for their appointment as Judge of the County Court. We're saddened to lose two brilliant Barristers, but wish you both all the best in your future endeavours! 


Stewart Bayles regularly appeared in criminal trials in the County and Supreme Courts, and also in conviction and sentence appeals in the Court of Appeal. He is experienced in all aspects of the criminal trial process.

Stewart has extensive experience representing persons charged with offences against the Commonwealth Criminal Code, including terrorism and the importation of drugs and other substances. He also appears in murder trials, and has a particular interest in trials involving medical and scientific evidence.

Stewart also accepted briefs to appear in Coronial inquests, commissions of inquiry, and compulsory hearings at coercive agencies.

Stewart is a holder of the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate. He is on the VLA Preferred Barrister List, and is among the senior barristers in the VLA Trial Counsel Development Program. He is a member of Brian Bourke Chambers.


Kellie Blair had practised exclusively as a criminal defence lawyer for almost three decades.

As a solicitor advocate Kellie was an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and worked for both boutique criminal law firms and Victoria Legal Aid. She has represented clients from all walks of life, charged with a myriad of offences in the Children’s Court, Magistrates’ Court, and the County and Supreme Courts.

As counsel Kellie predominately appeared in County Court trials but was happy to accept briefs across all jurisdictions in all criminal matters. She has held an Indictable Crime Certificate since August, 2016 and is on the Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List.

Kellie’s advocacy skills are as tenacious as they are persuasive. Having devoted her legal career to criminal defence work Kellie knows well the art of court craft in adversarial proceedings. Her considerable experience in this jurisdiction, is founded on a focussed and resolute approach to achieving the best outcome for her clients.

Kellie signed the Bar Roll in 2002 and is one of the few senior women barristers practising in criminal law at the Victorian Bar.

Friday, 6th August 2021

CPD Podcast: Financial Resources in Family Law

Season 3 Episode 1 of Think Foley's Podcast is now live and available for download!

This is the first part of our 2021 Family Law CPD Online series, with more episodes to come every week this August, to give you high quality informative content in accessible, convenient podcast form.

In this episode, Bronia Tulloch explores the legislation and caselaw relevant to the question “What is a financial resource?”.

She examines the leading authorities and considers the types of information and evidence that practitioners should obtain when assessing whether their client or the other party has a “financial resource” in proceedings for spousal maintenance and/or property settlement. 

Listen to this episode here or search Think Foley’s on your preferred podcast platform.

View the full program outline for our Family Law CPD Online series here

To receive updates when new episodes are released, subscribe here

Monday, 2nd August 2021

Family Law CPD Podcast Series

Following the success of our “virtual breakfast” for the Family Law CPD Series in 2020, we will be presenting the 2021 Family Law Breakfast online once again this year! 

This August, Foley’s Family Law Barristers will present a series of podcasts on a range of family law topics as an accessible and informative resource for professional development. This is a great opportunity to get your CPD points in one place in your own time, on your commute, while you cook or during a walk!

We're thrilled to finally announce the following presenters and their topics for this podcast series: 

  • Bronia Tulloch: Financial resources in Family Law 
  • Simon Fuller: Equitable interests in land 
  • Belle Lane and Alex Metherell: Mediation: the good, the bad, and the binding. 
  • Laura Colla and Jeanette Swann: “I object, your Honour!” – when, how and why to object to evidence by affidavit. “I won and now I want costs, your Honour!” – when, how and why to apply for costs.
  • Robyn Wheeler: “Who gets the Gold Bar?” – A look at the complex labyrinth of how the court deals with an Inheritance.

To view the full program, click here 

To keep up to date and be notified when new episodes are released, subscribe here

Thursday, 29th July 2021

Leading Criminal Barristers - Doyle's Guide Ranking

Congratulations to all Foley's List barristers recognised by the 2021 Doyle's Guide rankings for Leading Criminal Law Barristers in Victoria.

This listing details barristers practising in criminal law matters in the Victorian legal market who have been identified by Victoria’s Criminal law solicitors for their expertise and abilities in the area.

We are thrilled for our barristers whose skills and hard work have been recognised by the legal community – excellent work, everyone. 


Philip Dunn QC

Paul Holdenson QC

Daniel Gurvich QC



Richard Edney

Stewart Bayles 
Anthony Lewis 
Simon Moglia 
Mark Gumbleton

Sharon Lacy 
Peter Matthews 
Glenn Casement 
Tim Marsh 
Michael McGrath 
Michael Stanton

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

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


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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