Bar Practice

Dr Freckelton QC is an experienced senior counsel with a barrister’s practice throughout Australia. He is a member of the Victorian Bar, the Tasmanian Bar and the Northern Territory Bar. He commenced practice as a barrister in Melbourne in 1988. He has been a Senior Counsel/ Queen’s Counsel) since 2007, practising from Crockett Chambers in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

His practice is broad-based and diverse, including trial, appellate and advisory matters in relation to:

  • Administrative Law;
  • Disciplinary Law;
  • Coronial Law;
  • Health Law and Practice;
  • Personal Injury, Tort and Malpractice Law;
  • Criminal Law;
  • Family and Children’s Law; and
  • Commercial Law.

Dr Freckelton specialises in cases of complexity which require the exercise of careful planning and a holistic and strategic approach. Much of his work involves advocacy involving significant amounts of expert evidence.

He also appears and provides assistance for persons affected by proceedings in judicial inquiries, Royal Commissions and parliamentary inquiries. In 2014 he was briefed in the judicial inquiry into the conviction of David Eastman for the murder of Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester of the Australian Federal Police: http://www.eastmaninquiry.org.au. In 2015/2016 he was extensively involved in assisting witnesses appearing before the parliamentary inquiry into the Fiskville Training Centre and allegations of carcinogen exposure.

He has undertaken appearance work throughout Australia and advisory work for cases in New Zealand, Singapore and the United Nations (in its Human Rights Communication jurisdiction).

Dr Freckelton QC generally is briefed with a junior, save in cases that do not require two counsel.

He takes direct briefs where such a course is appropriate and in the limited circumstances where it is ethically permitted pursuant to the Rules of the Victorian, Tasmanian and Northern Territory Bars: he requires an instructing solicitor in substantial litigation, including in matters in a Supreme Court, a County/District Court, the Federal Court or the High Court.

Dr Freckelton’s Clerk can be contacted for bookings, including discussions as to fees:

Ric Howells, Owen Dixon Chambers West, 525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

(61) 03 92257666;

richowells@vicbar.com.au