Eliza M Bergin


Barrister

Admitted:
2 Oct 2000
Bar:
27 Jul 2018
Location:
Room 1211, Isaacs Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Eliza Bergin practises in commercial, public and regulatory law. Eliza appears in all jurisdictions including Federal and State Courts, Tribunals, Inquiries and Royal Commissions.  She has over 20 years of experience in large commercial and government firms and at the Bar.  

Eliza's particular expertise is in planning and environment, land valuation, compulsory acquisition, local government, property, energy and resources matters. She represents clients from a range of industry sectors, Councils, State bodies and individuals. She appears as an advocate for clients in judicial review and civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court, enforcement and review proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, appeals and registration hearings before Heritage Council, advisory committees and panels before Planning Panels Victoria, trials and judicial review in the Supreme Court and appeals before the Court of Appeal. Eliza appears before Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry including as Counsel Assisting.

Eliza was Judge's Associate to Justice Peter RA Gray AM of the Federal Court of Australia (2001-2002), Solicitor and Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons in the Environment and Planning team (2004-2010), Principal Solicitor at Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office in the Government and Public Law branch (Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment team) and Chair of the Land Planning and Environment Practice Group (2010-2017).  She has a Masters of Law in Environmental Law from ANU, a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Science (major in Geography and Environmental Science) from Monash University.  Her CV is available from the Victorian Bar website (link in top right corner).

Experience

  • Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2019-2021, led by P Gray QC and P Rozen QC)
  • Supreme Court trial regarding valuation of a wind farm (AWF Prop Co 2 Pty Ltd v Ararat Rural City Council [2020] VSC 853, Richards J. Co-counsel with D O'Brien. Appeal led by A Myers QC)
  • Planning applications for review and judicial review for national roll-outs of major retail facilities, residential and mixed use developments such as: advising and appearing for permit applicant regarding proposed convenience store and service station OTR 129 Pty Ltd & OTR 130 Pty Ltd v Horsham Rural City Council [2018] VCAT 177 (unled); OTR 16 Pty Ltd & OTR 169 Pty Ltd v Mildura Rural City Council [2019] VCAT 27 (unled)
  • Federal Court civil penalty proceedings regarding unlicenced importation of synthetic greenhouse gas (Minister for the Environment v ACN Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1557, Mortimer J, unled for the defendant company)
  • Planning Panels and Advisory Committees such as: Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel (junior counsel for City of Melbourne), Melbourne Regional Landfill expansion Ravenhall (solicitor advocate for Corrections Victoria), residential development with height limits in Kew (solicitor advocate for the Roads Corporation), supermarket and retail outlets in Geelong West (instructing solicitor for publicly listed Australian retail parent company)

Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Appellate
Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Energy Law & Resources Law
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Government
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law
EXTENDED BIOGRAPHY

Professional roles

  • Barrister, 2017 – Present
  • Principal Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, Government and Public Law branch, Land Acquisition Planning and Environment team, Chair of Land Planning Environment Practice Group, 2010 – 2017
  • Solicitor and Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons, Environment and Planning team, 2004 – 2010
  • Legal Officer at the Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel, 2002 – 2004
  • Judge’s Associate at the Federal Court of Australia to the Hon Peter RA Gray AM, 2001 – 2002
  • Volunteer Lawyer, East Timor, 2001
  • Articled Clerk and Solicitor at Minter Ellison, 1999 – 2001

 Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (Environmental Law) (2016) – Australian National University (ANU)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (2000) – University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (1995) – Monash University

Professional Memberships

  • Observer for ANU, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20 in Peru, 2014 - precursor to COP 21 in Paris, 2015 at which the Paris Agreement was signed)
  • Chair Planning and Local Government Committee, Planning and Environment Law Section, Law Institute of Victoria (2016-2017)
  • Member, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member, Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association 
  • Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law 
  • Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law 
  • Judge, Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot,  Melbourne University Law Students Society 

Profile1

Eliza Bergin practises in commercial, public and regulatory law. Eliza appears in all jurisdictions including Federal and State Courts, Tribunals, Inquiries and Royal Commissions.  She has over 20 years of experience in large commercial and government firms and at the Bar.  

Eliza's particular expertise is in planning and environment, land valuation, compulsory acquisition, local government, property, energy and resources matters. She represents clients from a range of industry sectors, Councils, State bodies and individuals. She appears as an advocate for clients in judicial review and civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court, enforcement and review proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, appeals and registration hearings before Heritage Council, advisory committees and panels before Planning Panels Victoria, trials and judicial review in the Supreme Court and appeals before the Court of Appeal. Eliza appears before Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry including as Counsel Assisting.

Eliza was Judge's Associate to Justice Peter RA Gray AM of the Federal Court of Australia (2001-2002), Solicitor and Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons in the Environment and Planning team (2004-2010), Principal Solicitor at Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office in the Government and Public Law branch (Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment team) and Chair of the Land Planning and Environment Practice Group (2010-2017).  She has a Masters of Law in Environmental Law from ANU, a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Science (major in Geography and Environmental Science) from Monash University.  Her CV is available from the Victorian Bar website (link in top right corner).

Experience

  • Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2019-2021, led by P Gray QC and P Rozen QC)
  • Supreme Court trial regarding valuation of a wind farm (AWF Prop Co 2 Pty Ltd v Ararat Rural City Council [2020] VSC 853, Richards J. Co-counsel with D O'Brien. Appeal led by A Myers QC)
  • Planning applications for review and judicial review for national roll-outs of major retail facilities, residential and mixed use developments such as: advising and appearing for permit applicant regarding proposed convenience store and service station OTR 129 Pty Ltd & OTR 130 Pty Ltd v Horsham Rural City Council [2018] VCAT 177 (unled); OTR 16 Pty Ltd & OTR 169 Pty Ltd v Mildura Rural City Council [2019] VCAT 27 (unled)
  • Federal Court civil penalty proceedings regarding unlicenced importation of synthetic greenhouse gas (Minister for the Environment v ACN Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1557, Mortimer J, unled for the defendant company)
  • Planning Panels and Advisory Committees such as: Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel (junior counsel for City of Melbourne), Melbourne Regional Landfill expansion Ravenhall (solicitor advocate for Corrections Victoria), residential development with height limits in Kew (solicitor advocate for the Roads Corporation), supermarket and retail outlets in Geelong West (instructing solicitor for publicly listed Australian retail parent company)

Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation