Lucy M E Line


Barrister

Mobile:
Admitted:
12 Dec 2008
Bar:
23 Oct 2014
Location:
Room 0125, Owen Dixon Chambers West,
525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Lucy M E Line appears in administrative law matters, employment and industrial relations cases, disciplinary and regulatory matters, arbitrations, inquests and inquiries. She also appears in occupational health and safety matters, in crime and quasi-criminal matters. She has presented CPD seminars on whistleblower protections, and takes a particular interest in the regulation of the financial, legal and medical sectors.

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. 

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 a top-tier Australian law firm.

Judicial inquiries, disciplinary matters and investigations

Lucy was junior counsel (led by P. Willee QC and M. Griffin QC) in a six-month judicial inquiry into the murder of the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, by David Eastman (2013 - 2014). Lucy acted for then prisoner David Eastman. As a result of the inquiry, Mr Eastman's conviction was quashed and he was released from custody after having served almost 20 years of a life sentence. Lucy then appeared as junior counsel in over 50 hearings relating to this matter. These included 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. Lucy also was junior counsel for David Eastman in a six-month murder trial in 2018, which saw her client acquitted. 

Lucy has been briefed by the Victorian legal regulator and by solicitors numerous times to advise and act in respect of disciplinary investigations into solicitors. She has acted as an investigator in private workplace investigations and has also been briefed by government agencies, such as the Victorian Department of Education and Training and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, for disciplinary and regulatory advice.

Employment, work health and safety and crime

Lucy has been briefed in employment law matters in the Federal Circuit Court, VCAT and the Fair Work Commission. She has acted for employers, employees and unions. In 2019, Lucy appeared for a treaty-based international organisation in two employment law related arbitrations. Lucy successfully defended both matters and the applications were dismissed.

Lucy prosecutes and defends regulatory criminal proceedings, including:

  • OH&S prosecutions (state and Commonwealth), e.g. Comcare work health and safety prosecution - acting for the Commonwealth, the defendant, led by D Hallowes SC, with C Currie (2019). 
  • Corporations law offences, e.g. Lucy acted for ASIC to investigate alleged breaches of directors' duties by directors of Allco Finance Group (2010).
  • Environmental offences e.g. advising on the prosecution of Environmental Protection Act offences.

Teaching experience

  • Law of Employee Relations (2020 - forthcoming) - lecturer at Monash University
  • Current Issues in Workplace Law (2019) - lecturer at Monash University 
  • 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

 

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Australian Labour Law Association
  • Graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)
  • On the Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List
  • Holds an Indictable Crime Certificate
  • 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 Victorian Bar Library Committee
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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Commercial Law
Common Law
Criminal Law
Defamation
Government
Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law

Profile1

Lucy M E Line appears in administrative law matters, employment and industrial relations cases, disciplinary and regulatory matters, arbitrations, inquests and inquiries. She also appears in occupational health and safety matters, in crime and quasi-criminal matters. She has presented CPD seminars on whistleblower protections, and takes a particular interest in the regulation of the financial, legal and medical sectors.

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. 

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 a top-tier Australian law firm.

Judicial inquiries, disciplinary matters and investigations

Lucy was junior counsel (led by P. Willee QC and M. Griffin QC) in a six-month judicial inquiry into the murder of the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, by David Eastman (2013 - 2014). Lucy acted for then prisoner David Eastman. As a result of the inquiry, Mr Eastman's conviction was quashed and he was released from custody after having served almost 20 years of a life sentence. Lucy then appeared as junior counsel in over 50 hearings relating to this matter. These included 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. Lucy also was junior counsel for David Eastman in a six-month murder trial in 2018, which saw her client acquitted. 

Lucy has been briefed by the Victorian legal regulator and by solicitors numerous times to advise and act in respect of disciplinary investigations into solicitors. She has acted as an investigator in private workplace investigations and has also been briefed by government agencies, such as the Victorian Department of Education and Training and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, for disciplinary and regulatory advice.

Employment, work health and safety and crime

Lucy has been briefed in employment law matters in the Federal Circuit Court, VCAT and the Fair Work Commission. She has acted for employers, employees and unions. In 2019, Lucy appeared for a treaty-based international organisation in two employment law related arbitrations. Lucy successfully defended both matters and the applications were dismissed.

Lucy prosecutes and defends regulatory criminal proceedings, including:

  • OH&S prosecutions (state and Commonwealth), e.g. Comcare work health and safety prosecution - acting for the Commonwealth, the defendant, led by D Hallowes SC, with C Currie (2019). 
  • Corporations law offences, e.g. Lucy acted for ASIC to investigate alleged breaches of directors' duties by directors of Allco Finance Group (2010).
  • Environmental offences e.g. advising on the prosecution of Environmental Protection Act offences.

Teaching experience

  • Law of Employee Relations (2020 - forthcoming) - lecturer at Monash University
  • Current Issues in Workplace Law (2019) - lecturer at Monash University 
  • 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

 

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Australian Labour Law Association
  • Graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)
  • On the Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List
  • Holds an Indictable Crime Certificate
  • 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 Victorian Bar Library Committee

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Library Committee