Administrative Law (Merits Review & Judicial Review)
FOI & Privacy
Sue was admitted in 1979 and has had a distinguished academic career which includes a BCL from Oxford University (where she won the first Rupert Cross Prize for the highest result in Evidence Law), an Honours Law degree from Melbourne University (where she won the Spero Wilson Memorial Scholarship for the highest result in Advanced Constitutional Law) and a Ph.D from Monash (where she won the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best Ph.D for her year). Her PhD is entitled “The Law of Privilege and Confidential Communications : A Critical Analysis”.
From 1979 to 2003, Sue was a full time academic. She was an Associate Professor of Law at Monash University’s Law Faculty (from 1993 to 2002) and held a variety of academic positions (eg Associate Dean (Teaching), Associate Dean (Research) at Monash University) at Melbourne and Monash Universities.
Since coming to the Bar in 2003, Sue has appeared in several leading legal privilege, public interest immunity, commercial and administrative law cases and well as criminal appeals and prosecutions. Her main areas of practice are privilege (being the author of the leading text in this area), discovery, confidentiality, privacy, civil procedure, contempt of court, evidence, class actions, freedom of information, public interest immunity, criminal procedure, Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic), search warrants, subpoenas, criminal, administrative and commercial law. Sue regularly acts as an arbitrator in investigations into public and private companies where disputes as to privilege have arisen.
Sue is the author of the “Law of Privilege” (501 pages, Thomson Law Book Co.) which is a leading text in this area. She is also the co-author of "Evidence" (Butterworths TS) a 21 chapter book (now in its third edition, 2005) which includes an analysis and evaluation of the rules of evidence in Australia. In addition she has published numerous articles in refereed journals and chapters in books.
Sue is Chair of the Working Party for Entrance Exams for Victorian Barristers, a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Advisory Committee for legal privilege and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Advisory Committee on legal privilege. She is also a member of the Legal Education and Training Readers' Course Sub-Committee of the Victorian Bar.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.