Shivani Pillai

Admitted:
5 Nov 1997
Bar:
23 Nov 2000
Location:
Owen Dixon Chambers East,
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PROFILE

Shivani Pillai (B.A., L.L.B.) was admitted to practice in 1997 and signed the bar roll in November 2000.

Shivani practices predominantly in criminal law as both Defence and Prosecuting Counsel. She also specialises in intervention orders. She is a dedicated advocate who regularly appears in criminal trials and pleas. She also appears in the Magistrates' court in matters ranging from diversion orders to contested committals.

Shivani has a particular interest in cases involving those who may be particularly vulnerable or require special assistance due to their disability, age or cultural background.  

Her criminal practice includes crimes family violence, crimes compensation, road safety offences, occupational health and safety (Victorian Work Cover Authority/Work Safe), Consumer Affairs, fraud, crimes mental impairment and murder. She has a broad criminal law practice, however, she has appeared in VCAT and quasi-criminal matters and has an interest in planning and environmental matters.  

She has appeared in the Federal Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Shivani was an Associate in the Supreme Court of Victoria, a lawyer with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and a Legal Liability Consultant/Investigator working in personal injuries. Her commitment to advocacy and social justice issues began at the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria (Victoria Legal Aid) when she volunteered on a part time basis as a solicitors' assistant, instructing in murder trials and interviewing prisoners in gaol. 

Shivani recently served as a Board Member for the Department of Justice and played a pivotal role in the implementation of parole legal reforms in Victoria. She has also been engaged by Consumer Affairs  to provide legal advice in relation to pilot prosecutions. 

She has lectured in criminal law, evidence and advocacy with the Leo Cussen Institute and has been an advocacy intructor for Monash University, Victoria Legal Aid (2017), the Australan Federal Police and the Australian Advocacy Institute and the Victorian Bar. Shivani represented the Victorian Bar in PNG in 2017 as part of the Legal Training Institute advocacy program. 

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS, LEGAL VOLUNTARY WORK& MEMBERSHIPS:

2000 - 2017: Member International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee (formerly chaired by the Honourable Justice Harper) & Community Speaker, Australian Red Cross of Victoria.

Australian Advocacy Institute Teacher Training Course.

Crimes Family Violence Committee, Victorian Bar Legal Assistance Scheme (VBLAS).

Foley’s List Advocacy Award 1997 (inaugural recipient)  

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Criminal Law
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law

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Shivani Pillai (B.A., L.L.B.) was admitted to practice in 1997 and signed the bar roll in November 2000.

Shivani practices predominantly in criminal law as both Defence and Prosecuting Counsel. She also specialises in intervention orders. She is a dedicated advocate who regularly appears in criminal trials and pleas. She also appears in the Magistrates' court in matters ranging from diversion orders to contested committals.

Shivani has a particular interest in cases involving those who may be particularly vulnerable or require special assistance due to their disability, age or cultural background.  

Her criminal practice includes crimes family violence, crimes compensation, road safety offences, occupational health and safety (Victorian Work Cover Authority/Work Safe), Consumer Affairs, fraud, crimes mental impairment and murder. She has a broad criminal law practice, however, she has appeared in VCAT and quasi-criminal matters and has an interest in planning and environmental matters.  

She has appeared in the Federal Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Shivani was an Associate in the Supreme Court of Victoria, a lawyer with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and a Legal Liability Consultant/Investigator working in personal injuries. Her commitment to advocacy and social justice issues began at the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria (Victoria Legal Aid) when she volunteered on a part time basis as a solicitors' assistant, instructing in murder trials and interviewing prisoners in gaol. 

Shivani recently served as a Board Member for the Department of Justice and played a pivotal role in the implementation of parole legal reforms in Victoria. She has also been engaged by Consumer Affairs  to provide legal advice in relation to pilot prosecutions. 

She has lectured in criminal law, evidence and advocacy with the Leo Cussen Institute and has been an advocacy intructor for Monash University, Victoria Legal Aid (2017), the Australan Federal Police and the Australian Advocacy Institute and the Victorian Bar. Shivani represented the Victorian Bar in PNG in 2017 as part of the Legal Training Institute advocacy program. 

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS, LEGAL VOLUNTARY WORK& MEMBERSHIPS:

2000 - 2017: Member International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee (formerly chaired by the Honourable Justice Harper) & Community Speaker, Australian Red Cross of Victoria.

Australian Advocacy Institute Teacher Training Course.

Crimes Family Violence Committee, Victorian Bar Legal Assistance Scheme (VBLAS).

Foley’s List Advocacy Award 1997 (inaugural recipient)