Qualifications and Honours


LLD (University of Melbourne, Victoria): “Health Law, Scholarship and Forensic Expertise: Complications and Challenges” (2017)

PhD (Griffith University, Queensland) (4 September 1998):  “Expert Evidence: Accountability and Evaluation”, examined by Professors Nijboer (Leiden University, and Court of Appeal of the Netherlands), Tomkins (University of Nebraska) and Slovenko (Wayne State and St Louis Universities)

LLB (University of Sydney, NSW, Australia): (27 February 1982)

BA (Hons) (University of Sydney, NSW, Australia): (12 April 1980)

Dip Th M (ANH): (20 November 1984)


1976-1979: Walter Reid Bursary (Uni of Syd)

1980:   Sir Arthur George Bursary (Uni of Syd)

1981:   Sir Frank Packer Scholarship (Uni of Syd)


Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (22 May 1987)

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (31 August 1987)

Barrister of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (1998)

Barrister of the High Court of Australia (7 October 1988)

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT (16 February 1990)

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia (30 August 1994)

Barrister of the Supreme Court of Tasmania (19 September 1994)

Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland (17 June 1996)


Queen’s Counsel/Senior Counsel (28 November 2007)

Accredited Mediator (Bond University, Queensland: August 2001)

Hon Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine (FACLM:  2008)

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL: 2012)

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (FASSA: 2012)


2019: Doyle’s Leading Criminal Law Senior Counsel (Victoria)

2019: Outstanding Alumnus Award, Academic Winner, Griffith University

2019: ANZAPPL award for 25 years of editing Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

2019: Victorian Bar, Pro Bono Civil Justice Innovative Award for work on Barwon Children Case

2018: Tim McCoy award for advocacy in Barwon Children Case

2017: Certificate for Outstanding Teaching, Masters of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

1997:   Life membership of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

1995: Red Silk’s Bag from Costigan QC for work on Children of God Case