Julia P Kretzenbacher


Barrister

Admitted:
23 Apr 2013
Bar:
4 May 2017
Location:
Room 1705, William Crockett Chambers,
Level 17 460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Julia Kretzenbacher practises in commercial, criminal and public law.  She also accepts briefs in quasi-criminal matters.

Since coming to the bar, Julia has been briefed in a range of commercial matters, including:

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Mitchell (No 2) [2020] FCA 1098 (led by Michael Pearce SC with Aaron Weinstock).
  • ACCC v Volkswagen AG NSD 1462 of 2017; ACCC v Audi AG NSD 322 of 2017.

 

Julia also appears in criminal and quasi-criminal matters. Since coming to the bar, she has appeared in both summary and indictable jurisdictions, including appeals. She appears in contested hearings, bail applications, pleas, committals and trials. Significant matters include:

  • Finn v The Queen [2018] VSCA 228 (led by Felicity Gerry QC).
  • Re DG; An application under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (No 2) [2018] VSC 469 (unled).
  • Milosev v The Queen [2019] VSCA 121 (unled).
  • Rowson v Department of Justice and Community Safety [2020] VSC 236 (led by Emrys Nekvapil).
  • Veness v The Queen [2020] NTCCA 13 (led by Felicity Gerry QC)

 

Julia was part of the team who prepared and submitted a Petition for Mercy to the Administrator of the NT in the case of Zak Grieve. Mr Grieve is a young Aboriginal man, who had no prior convictions when he was tried and found guilty of murder, for a murder which he did not physically commit and where the sentencing judge found he was not present during the commission of the murder. In 2013, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 20 year non-parole period. Mr Grieve's sentence was a result of strict mandatory sentencing laws in the NT. The Petition for Mercy was successful and in December 2018, the Administrator of the NT exercised the Preogrative of Mercy to reduce Mr Grieve's non-parole period to 12 years. 

Prior to coming to the bar, Julia was a lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.  Julia gained experience in a broad range of commercial matters, including contractual disputes, shareholders’ rights and class actions. Her practice had a strong focus on insolvency matters.  Julia was particularly involved with the Willmott Forests Ltd and Gunns Ltd liquidations and worked on  Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings in respect of those liquidations. 

In 2016, Julia worked as the Senior Associate to Santamaria JA at the Court of Appeal of Victoria.  She was responsible for the case management of all applications and appeals, both civil and criminal, before Santamaria JA. 

    Julia worked as a criminal solicitor advocate from 2013 to 2016 at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (‘NAAJA’) in Darwin.  She appeared in the Magistrates’ Court and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.  Her practice included indictable and summary matters and she regularly appeared in bail applications, pleas, committals and contested summary hearings.  

    Julia has been accepted into the 2019 VLA Trial Counsel Development Program and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.

    Julia read with Dr Theo Alexander.  Her senior mentor is George Georgiou SC (now His Honour Judge Georgiou of the County Court).

    Julia is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne. She is also a teaching associate at Monash University and Deakin University.

    Julia is the 2020/21 President of Liberty Victoria.

    Julia speaks German fluently. She is a reporter with the Victorian Reports.  

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    AREAS OF PRACTICE

    Appellate
    Commercial Law
    Criminal Law
    Family Law
    Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
    Public Law & Administrative Law

    Profile1

    Julia Kretzenbacher practises in commercial, criminal and public law.  She also accepts briefs in quasi-criminal matters.

    Since coming to the bar, Julia has been briefed in a range of commercial matters, including:

    • Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Mitchell (No 2) [2020] FCA 1098 (led by Michael Pearce SC with Aaron Weinstock).
    • ACCC v Volkswagen AG NSD 1462 of 2017; ACCC v Audi AG NSD 322 of 2017.

     

    Julia also appears in criminal and quasi-criminal matters. Since coming to the bar, she has appeared in both summary and indictable jurisdictions, including appeals. She appears in contested hearings, bail applications, pleas, committals and trials. Significant matters include:

    • Finn v The Queen [2018] VSCA 228 (led by Felicity Gerry QC).
    • Re DG; An application under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (No 2) [2018] VSC 469 (unled).
    • Milosev v The Queen [2019] VSCA 121 (unled).
    • Rowson v Department of Justice and Community Safety [2020] VSC 236 (led by Emrys Nekvapil).
    • Veness v The Queen [2020] NTCCA 13 (led by Felicity Gerry QC)

     

    Julia was part of the team who prepared and submitted a Petition for Mercy to the Administrator of the NT in the case of Zak Grieve. Mr Grieve is a young Aboriginal man, who had no prior convictions when he was tried and found guilty of murder, for a murder which he did not physically commit and where the sentencing judge found he was not present during the commission of the murder. In 2013, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 20 year non-parole period. Mr Grieve's sentence was a result of strict mandatory sentencing laws in the NT. The Petition for Mercy was successful and in December 2018, the Administrator of the NT exercised the Preogrative of Mercy to reduce Mr Grieve's non-parole period to 12 years. 

    Prior to coming to the bar, Julia was a lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler.  Julia gained experience in a broad range of commercial matters, including contractual disputes, shareholders’ rights and class actions. Her practice had a strong focus on insolvency matters.  Julia was particularly involved with the Willmott Forests Ltd and Gunns Ltd liquidations and worked on  Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings in respect of those liquidations. 

    In 2016, Julia worked as the Senior Associate to Santamaria JA at the Court of Appeal of Victoria.  She was responsible for the case management of all applications and appeals, both civil and criminal, before Santamaria JA. 

      Julia worked as a criminal solicitor advocate from 2013 to 2016 at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (‘NAAJA’) in Darwin.  She appeared in the Magistrates’ Court and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.  Her practice included indictable and summary matters and she regularly appeared in bail applications, pleas, committals and contested summary hearings.  

      Julia has been accepted into the 2019 VLA Trial Counsel Development Program and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.

      Julia read with Dr Theo Alexander.  Her senior mentor is George Georgiou SC (now His Honour Judge Georgiou of the County Court).

      Julia is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne. She is also a teaching associate at Monash University and Deakin University.

      Julia is the 2020/21 President of Liberty Victoria.

      Julia speaks German fluently. She is a reporter with the Victorian Reports.  

      Other Languages Spoken

      • French
      • German

      Committee Memberships

      • (Member) Human Rights Committee