Lucy M E Line

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Admitted:
12 Dec 2008
Bar:
23 Oct 2014
Location:
Douglas Menzies Chambers,
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PROFILE

Lucy M E Line appears in employment and industrial cases, disciplinary and regulatory matters, work health and safety cases, in common law, crime and inquiries. She also accepts briefs in competition and consumer law and in wills and probate matters, and has been briefed in trade marks disputes.

Lucy has appeared in the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, County Court, Fair Work Commission and VCAT. She has also appeared before an international arbitration tribunal sitting in Korea.

Lucy has appeared in trials (led and unled), contested hearings, interlocutory disputes, committals, penalties hearings and sentencing hearings. 

Before coming to the Bar, Lucy graduated with First Class Honours in Law and the University Medal, along with five subject prizes in Law. She then completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. She is a former Associate to the Honourable Justice Almond at the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and has practised in litigation at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Lucy is a Senior Fellow of Monash University and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Tasmania. She has published several articles in law journals and has co-authored two reports of the South Australian Law Reform Institute.
 

Lucy’s recent cases include:  

Employment, work health and safety and common law

Comcare work health and safety prosecution - acting for the Commonwealth, the defendant, led by D Hallowes SC, with C Currie (2019). 

Lucy appeared in a private arbitration held in an Asian country for a treaty-based international organisation regarding a wrongful dismissal dispute. Lucy successfully defended the matter and the former employee's application was dismissed (2019). 

FWO v M Honey Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] FCCA 2959 – Fair Work liabilities hearing appearing for an employer and company director. Appeared further at the resulting penalties hearing (2016 - 2017).

Appeared in VCAT for an employee accused of harassing and discriminating against another employee. Matter settled at conciliation (2017). 

Various Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal and adverse action conciliations (2016 - 2019).

Various WorkCover matters (2019).

Lucy has tutored Torts Law at Monash University and is an editor of Degeling and Edelman, Torts in Commercial Law (2011).

 

Public law, disciplinary matters and inquiries

Victorian Department of Education and Training - advice on conflicts in responding to a legal proceeding (2019).

Victorian Legal Services Commissioner – various briefs to advise and assist with disciplinary investigations into legal practitioners (2016 - 2019).

Various briefs to advise and assist solicitors in Victoria and Tasmania being investigated by the legal services regulators for alleged disciplinary breaches (2015 - 2018).

Brief to advise whether a client was negligently represented by their former solicitor (2018).  

Lucy has appeared in several hearings concerning public interest immunity claims by police and government agencies; R v Eastman (No 18) [2017] ACTSC 180, unled; R v Eastman (No 14) [2017] ACTSC 66, unled; and R v Eastman [2015] ACTSC 97, led by C Boyce SC. 

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – brief to advise the Agency regarding prosecuting a health practitioner for a regulatory offence (2016).

Inquiry into the murder of the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, by David Eastman (2013 - 2014) – appearing for Mr Eastman. This six month judicial inquiry reviewed the safety of Mr Eastman's highly publicised murder conviction. The Assistant Commissioner for the AFP was assassinated outside his home in 1989 and in 1995, Mr Eastman was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2013, Lucy, led by P. Willee QC and M. Griffin QC, challenged the veracity and reliability of the evidence of a key prosecution forensics expert, which was held to be deeply flawed. Failures of the prosecution to disclose material to the defence were also identified.  As a result of the inquiry, Mr Eastman's conviction was quashed and he was released from custody after having served almost 20 years in prison.

 

Crime

R v Eastman SCC 111 of 1992 (2014 - 2018) - appeared for the accused in a six month murder trial in the ACT Supreme Court. Lucy's client, David Eastman, was acquitted of murdering the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (led by G Georgiou with M Stanton). Matter included appearing as junior counsel in over 40 hearings in the ACT Supreme Court and ACT Court of Appeal in interlocutory disputes, a permanent stay application, its appeal, a recusal application, and its appeal, in which Lucy was led variously by C Boyce SC, M Griffin QC, and P Tehan QC (with P Doyle). 

DPP v Cairns CR 18-01419 (2019) - appeared unled for the accused in a County Court trial concerning indecent acts against a child under 16 and sexual penetration of a child under 16. The accused was charged with 18 counts. One count was withdrawn after a no case submission and Lucy's client was acquitted of all the remaining charges. 

DPP v Alaniz (a pseudonym) [2016] VCC 1274 - plea in respect of threatening to inflict serious injury and persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16.

 

Teaching experience

  • Current Issues in Workplace Law (2019) - lecturer at Monash University (forthcoming)
  • Labour Law (2018, 2019) - lecturer and unit coordinator at University of Tasmania 
  • Advocacy (2017, 2018) - lecturer and unit coordinator at University of Tasmania 
  • Evidence Law (2017) - tutor at Monash University
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (2017) – tutor at Monash University
  • Torts Law (2016) – tutor at Monash University
  • Public Law and Statutory Interpretation (2016) - tutor at Monash University
  • Advocacy (2015) – guest lecturer at University of South Australia
  • Criminal Procedure (2014) – guest lecturer/tutor at University of South Australia
  • Criminal Law (2013) - guest lecturer/tutor at University of South Australia
  • Evidence Law (2012) – guest lecturer at University of South Australia

 

Memberships and Associations

  • Graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)
  • Member of the California Bar
  • Member of the Tasmanian Bar - Lucy accepts briefs to appear throughout Tasmania.
  • Member of the Industrial Bar Association
  • Member of the Common Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Victorian Bar Library Committee
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Appellate
Commercial Law
Common Law
Criminal Law
Defamation
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Government
Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
International Law
Public Law & Administrative Law

Profile1

Lucy M E Line appears in employment and industrial cases, disciplinary and regulatory matters, work health and safety cases, in common law, crime and inquiries. She also accepts briefs in competition and consumer law and in wills and probate matters, and has been briefed in trade marks disputes.

Lucy has appeared in the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, County Court, Fair Work Commission and VCAT. She has also appeared before an international arbitration tribunal sitting in Korea.

Lucy has appeared in trials (led and unled), contested hearings, interlocutory disputes, committals, penalties hearings and sentencing hearings. 

Before coming to the Bar, Lucy graduated with First Class Honours in Law and the University Medal, along with five subject prizes in Law. She then completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. She is a former Associate to the Honourable Justice Almond at the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and has practised in litigation at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Lucy is a Senior Fellow of Monash University and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Tasmania. She has published several articles in law journals and has co-authored two reports of the South Australian Law Reform Institute.
 

Lucy’s recent cases include:  

Employment, work health and safety and common law

Comcare work health and safety prosecution - acting for the Commonwealth, the defendant, led by D Hallowes SC, with C Currie (2019). 

Lucy appeared in a private arbitration held in an Asian country for a treaty-based international organisation regarding a wrongful dismissal dispute. Lucy successfully defended the matter and the former employee's application was dismissed (2019). 

FWO v M Honey Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] FCCA 2959 – Fair Work liabilities hearing appearing for an employer and company director. Appeared further at the resulting penalties hearing (2016 - 2017).

Appeared in VCAT for an employee accused of harassing and discriminating against another employee. Matter settled at conciliation (2017). 

Various Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal and adverse action conciliations (2016 - 2019).

Various WorkCover matters (2019).

Lucy has tutored Torts Law at Monash University and is an editor of Degeling and Edelman, Torts in Commercial Law (2011).

 

Public law, disciplinary matters and inquiries

Victorian Department of Education and Training - advice on conflicts in responding to a legal proceeding (2019).

Victorian Legal Services Commissioner – various briefs to advise and assist with disciplinary investigations into legal practitioners (2016 - 2019).

Various briefs to advise and assist solicitors in Victoria and Tasmania being investigated by the legal services regulators for alleged disciplinary breaches (2015 - 2018).

Brief to advise whether a client was negligently represented by their former solicitor (2018).  

Lucy has appeared in several hearings concerning public interest immunity claims by police and government agencies; R v Eastman (No 18) [2017] ACTSC 180, unled; R v Eastman (No 14) [2017] ACTSC 66, unled; and R v Eastman [2015] ACTSC 97, led by C Boyce SC. 

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – brief to advise the Agency regarding prosecuting a health practitioner for a regulatory offence (2016).

Inquiry into the murder of the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, by David Eastman (2013 - 2014) – appearing for Mr Eastman. This six month judicial inquiry reviewed the safety of Mr Eastman's highly publicised murder conviction. The Assistant Commissioner for the AFP was assassinated outside his home in 1989 and in 1995, Mr Eastman was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2013, Lucy, led by P. Willee QC and M. Griffin QC, challenged the veracity and reliability of the evidence of a key prosecution forensics expert, which was held to be deeply flawed. Failures of the prosecution to disclose material to the defence were also identified.  As a result of the inquiry, Mr Eastman's conviction was quashed and he was released from custody after having served almost 20 years in prison.

 

Crime

R v Eastman SCC 111 of 1992 (2014 - 2018) - appeared for the accused in a six month murder trial in the ACT Supreme Court. Lucy's client, David Eastman, was acquitted of murdering the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (led by G Georgiou with M Stanton). Matter included appearing as junior counsel in over 40 hearings in the ACT Supreme Court and ACT Court of Appeal in interlocutory disputes, a permanent stay application, its appeal, a recusal application, and its appeal, in which Lucy was led variously by C Boyce SC, M Griffin QC, and P Tehan QC (with P Doyle). 

DPP v Cairns CR 18-01419 (2019) - appeared unled for the accused in a County Court trial concerning indecent acts against a child under 16 and sexual penetration of a child under 16. The accused was charged with 18 counts. One count was withdrawn after a no case submission and Lucy's client was acquitted of all the remaining charges. 

DPP v Alaniz (a pseudonym) [2016] VCC 1274 - plea in respect of threatening to inflict serious injury and persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16.

 

Teaching experience

  • Current Issues in Workplace Law (2019) - lecturer at Monash University (forthcoming)
  • Labour Law (2018, 2019) - lecturer and unit coordinator at University of Tasmania 
  • Advocacy (2017, 2018) - lecturer and unit coordinator at University of Tasmania 
  • Evidence Law (2017) - tutor at Monash University
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (2017) – tutor at Monash University
  • Torts Law (2016) – tutor at Monash University
  • Public Law and Statutory Interpretation (2016) - tutor at Monash University
  • Advocacy (2015) – guest lecturer at University of South Australia
  • Criminal Procedure (2014) – guest lecturer/tutor at University of South Australia
  • Criminal Law (2013) - guest lecturer/tutor at University of South Australia
  • Evidence Law (2012) – guest lecturer at University of South Australia

 

Memberships and Associations

  • Graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)
  • Member of the California Bar
  • Member of the Tasmanian Bar - Lucy accepts briefs to appear throughout Tasmania.
  • Member of the Industrial Bar Association
  • Member of the Common Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Victorian Bar Library Committee

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Library Committee