We have extensive experience in prosecutions and statutory interpretation which has been developed through many years advising local, state and commonwealth government, and regulatory bodies in these areas.
Since our appointment to the Victorian Government's Prosecutions Panel we have developed a reputation for a unique understanding of the operations and requirements of government in their use of legal services.
We undertake all aspects of preparing for prosecution cases, including drafting charges, interviewing witnesses, drafting statements, collating the brief of evidence, preparing witnesses for hearing and advising on sentencing.
We regularly instruct as Solicitor and appear as advocate in Courts and Tribunals.
We have also acted for government agencies and individuals in Royal Commissions.
We act for the Secretary to the Department of Justice in making applications for post-sentence supervision orders in respect of serious sex offenders pursuant to the Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005 and the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
We have been extensively involved in:
Advising on the introduction of the new legislation to Victoria
Recommending amendments to both the Acts
Providing advice about draft amendments to the legislation
Advising about the interaction between the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 and the Disability Act 2006 (Vic) which formed the basis of inter-Department discussions to harmonise the acts and legislative amendment
Prosecuting offenders for breaches under both of these Acts
Prosecuting medical practitioners and pharmacists in relation to breaches of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act on behalf of the Department of Health
We have acted for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency since the introduction of a national scheme for regulating health professions in July 2010. We currently act for the Victorian boards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and the Dental Board of Australia in disciplinary conduct proceedings before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 (“National Scheme”). The proceedings involve a Board investigation into the performance and professional conduct of health professionals including matters involving practitioners with physical and mental impairments. The Tribunal hearings may result in findings of unsatisfactory professional performance, unprofessional conduct or professional misconduct and can include suspension
Assisting the Building Commission in preparing its documentary response to the Victorian 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission.
Representing Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine Nixon at the Victorian 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission in the preparation and making of her submissions after she was called to give evidence.
Representing the Metropolitan Ambulance Service before the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Royal Commission and in relation to Supreme Court proceedings.
Representing the State of Victoria in the Kew Cottages inquest.