Gerard O'Shea


Barrister | Accredited Mediator

Admitted:
24 May 2005
Bar:
23 Oct 2014
Location:
Owen Dixon Chambers East,
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PROFILE

Gerard practises primarily in administrative and criminal law. He holds the VicBar's Indictable Crime Certificate and is a member of both Victoria Legal Aid's Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister list and the Commonwealth DPP's External Junior Counsel program. He is a nationally accredited mediator and an accredited VicBar Advocacy Instructor.

Gerard comes to the Bar with dual careers in law and the military. From 2006-2014 he served as a legal officer in the Australian Regular Army. In that role he developed a broad international law, administrative and disciplinary practice. He regularly advised on operational and humanitarian law, statutory decision making, freedom of information and privacy, work health and safety, and criminal and disciplinary matters. He also acted as counsel assisting to a Commission of Inquiry into a service death.

Gerard has served as a lawyer in Iraq, East Timor and Afghanistan.  He remains passionate about military law and legal support to veterans. He is a member of the Army Reserve, currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Infantry Corps.

After leaving the Army Gerard became a senior associate at Sharpe & Abel. There he advised on corporate law, regulatory compliance and commercial dispute resolution, focused on the engineering and technology sectors

Gerard has undertaken cultural awareness training provided by Kellawan Indigenous Consultants for persons who are members of Aboriginal communities. Gerard is a member of the Bar's Student Engagement Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution committee. He welcomes approaches from students who would like information on coming to the Bar. Gerard is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and has served as an aide to the Governor of Victoria.

Outside the Bar Gerard lectures at Victoria University's College of Law and Justice, and currently holds an appointment as the Commanding Officer of Melbourne University Regiment (MUR). MUR is an Army Reserve unit with a distinguished history known to many members of the legal profession in Victoria. Unfortunately this appointment means his availability to accept briefs is limited and contact should be made through his clerk in the first instance.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Criminal Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law

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Gerard practises primarily in administrative and criminal law. He holds the VicBar's Indictable Crime Certificate and is a member of both Victoria Legal Aid's Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister list and the Commonwealth DPP's External Junior Counsel program. He is a nationally accredited mediator and an accredited VicBar Advocacy Instructor.

Gerard comes to the Bar with dual careers in law and the military. From 2006-2014 he served as a legal officer in the Australian Regular Army. In that role he developed a broad international law, administrative and disciplinary practice. He regularly advised on operational and humanitarian law, statutory decision making, freedom of information and privacy, work health and safety, and criminal and disciplinary matters. He also acted as counsel assisting to a Commission of Inquiry into a service death.

Gerard has served as a lawyer in Iraq, East Timor and Afghanistan.  He remains passionate about military law and legal support to veterans. He is a member of the Army Reserve, currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Infantry Corps.

After leaving the Army Gerard became a senior associate at Sharpe & Abel. There he advised on corporate law, regulatory compliance and commercial dispute resolution, focused on the engineering and technology sectors

Gerard has undertaken cultural awareness training provided by Kellawan Indigenous Consultants for persons who are members of Aboriginal communities. Gerard is a member of the Bar's Student Engagement Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution committee. He welcomes approaches from students who would like information on coming to the Bar. Gerard is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and has served as an aide to the Governor of Victoria.

Outside the Bar Gerard lectures at Victoria University's College of Law and Justice, and currently holds an appointment as the Commanding Officer of Melbourne University Regiment (MUR). MUR is an Army Reserve unit with a distinguished history known to many members of the legal profession in Victoria. Unfortunately this appointment means his availability to accept briefs is limited and contact should be made through his clerk in the first instance.