Eliza M Bergin


Barrister

Admitted:
2 Oct 2000
Bar:
27 Jul 2018
Location:
Room 1222, Isaacs Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Eliza Bergin specialises in planning law and environmental law, land valuation, compulsory acquisition of land and public and administrative law.  In 2019-2021, Eliza was appointed as a Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality  and SafetyEliza represents clients in the Federal and State Supreme Courts at trial and appellate level, in addition to tribunals and executive inquiries. She appears for public and private sector clients.

Since 2004 as a solicitor, and 2017 at the Bar, Eliza has advised on State and Federal environmental law.  At the Bar, Eliza has appeared in high profile and long running disputes about planning and environmental matters, statutory and common law water overflow claims, regulatory enforcement, judicial review of administrative decisions, disputes about the operation and approval of major facilities and smaller developments before VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. 

Eliza is frequently briefed to appear in land valuation, land tax and rating disputes, rights to compensation from planning reservations and compulsory acquisition of land. Her practice at the Bar includes trial and appellate advocacy. Eliza is often briefed where there is a planning or environmental aspect.

Eliza was Associate to the Honorable Peter RA Gray of the Federal Court of Australia.

Eliza has been recommended by clients and peers for acknowledgement in the publication Best Lawyers in Australia (2022, 2023, 2024).  

Prior to coming to the Bar, Eliza practiced as a solicitor for 17 years:  

  • Commercial law: For 8 years, Eliza practiced in commercial law, including as a Senior Associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).  Eliza ran numerous cases for a large supermarket and retail client including the roll-out of bulky goods stores and petroleum facilities across Victoria and the 2009 Royal Commission into Black Saturday Bushfires.  
  • Government, public and administrative law: In government practice for 9 years, Eliza was a Principal Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office and a Legal Officer (parliamentary draftsperson) in the Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel. Eliza advised Departments and Agencies regarding the 2014 Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire. 
  • Education: In 2016, Eliza graduated with an LLM (Environmental Law) from ANU. In 2014, Eliza attended the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru as a delegate for ANU at the Climate Change Conference. As well as an LLB (Hons) from University of Melbourne (1999), Eliza also holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University with a major in Environmental Science (1996). 

Download Eliza's Foley's List profile here.  A list of recent cases is available under the "Cases" tab.

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
Tax Law & Revenue Law

Profile1

Eliza Bergin specialises in planning law and environmental law, land valuation, compulsory acquisition of land and public and administrative law.  In 2019-2021, Eliza was appointed as a Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality  and SafetyEliza represents clients in the Federal and State Supreme Courts at trial and appellate level, in addition to tribunals and executive inquiries. She appears for public and private sector clients.

Since 2004 as a solicitor, and 2017 at the Bar, Eliza has advised on State and Federal environmental law.  At the Bar, Eliza has appeared in high profile and long running disputes about planning and environmental matters, statutory and common law water overflow claims, regulatory enforcement, judicial review of administrative decisions, disputes about the operation and approval of major facilities and smaller developments before VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. 

Eliza is frequently briefed to appear in land valuation, land tax and rating disputes, rights to compensation from planning reservations and compulsory acquisition of land. Her practice at the Bar includes trial and appellate advocacy. Eliza is often briefed where there is a planning or environmental aspect.

Eliza was Associate to the Honorable Peter RA Gray of the Federal Court of Australia.

Eliza has been recommended by clients and peers for acknowledgement in the publication Best Lawyers in Australia (2022, 2023, 2024).  

Prior to coming to the Bar, Eliza practiced as a solicitor for 17 years:  

  • Commercial law: For 8 years, Eliza practiced in commercial law, including as a Senior Associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).  Eliza ran numerous cases for a large supermarket and retail client including the roll-out of bulky goods stores and petroleum facilities across Victoria and the 2009 Royal Commission into Black Saturday Bushfires.  
  • Government, public and administrative law: In government practice for 9 years, Eliza was a Principal Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office and a Legal Officer (parliamentary draftsperson) in the Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel. Eliza advised Departments and Agencies regarding the 2014 Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire. 
  • Education: In 2016, Eliza graduated with an LLM (Environmental Law) from ANU. In 2014, Eliza attended the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru as a delegate for ANU at the Climate Change Conference. As well as an LLB (Hons) from University of Melbourne (1999), Eliza also holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University with a major in Environmental Science (1996). 

Download Eliza's Foley's List profile here.  A list of recent cases is available under the "Cases" tab.

Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation 

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Innovation and Technology