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, where she lectures in, and is the Chief Examiner of, the Law of Employee Relations (2020, 2021- forthcoming) and lectures in Ethics in Legal Practice (2021 - forthcoming). 

Lucy is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, where lectures in, and is the Unit Coordinator of, Labour Law (2018, 2019, 2021 - forthcoming). Lucy has also lectured in Advocacy (2017, 2018) at the University of Tasmania. 

Lucy has published several articles in law journals and has co-authored two reports by 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.

Disciplinary matters and investigations

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.

While she was a solicitor, Lucy acted for company directors subject to ASIC investigations and also acted for ASIC in proceedings against company directors. 

Between 2013 and 2018, Lucy, led by various Queens Counsel, acted in over 50 hearings in the ACT Supreme Court representing David Eastman, who had been convicted in 1995 of murdering the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester. Lucy was junior counsel in a high-profile six month judicial inquiry into the murder conviction, which found that that Mr Eastman had not received a fair trial and saw the murder conviction quashed. Lucy was also junior counsel in the subsequent six month retrial in 2018, which saw Mr Eastman acquitted of the murder charge. Mr Eastman has since been compensated for the many years he spent incarcerated under a wrongful conviction. 

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.

 

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, where she lectures in, and is the Chief Examiner of, the Law of Employee Relations (2020, 2021- forthcoming) and lectures in Ethics in Legal Practice (2021 - forthcoming). 

Lucy is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, where lectures in, and is the Unit Coordinator of, Labour Law (2018, 2019, 2021 - forthcoming). Lucy has also lectured in Advocacy (2017, 2018) at the University of Tasmania. 

Lucy has published several articles in law journals and has co-authored two reports by 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.

Disciplinary matters and investigations

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.

While she was a solicitor, Lucy acted for company directors subject to ASIC investigations and also acted for ASIC in proceedings against company directors. 

Between 2013 and 2018, Lucy, led by various Queens Counsel, acted in over 50 hearings in the ACT Supreme Court representing David Eastman, who had been convicted in 1995 of murdering the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester. Lucy was junior counsel in a high-profile six month judicial inquiry into the murder conviction, which found that that Mr Eastman had not received a fair trial and saw the murder conviction quashed. Lucy was also junior counsel in the subsequent six month retrial in 2018, which saw Mr Eastman acquitted of the murder charge. Mr Eastman has since been compensated for the many years he spent incarcerated under a wrongful conviction. 

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.

 

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