Dr Freckelton KC is an experienced senior counsel with a barrister’s and mediator’s practice throughout Australia.

He commenced practice as a barrister in Melbourne in 1988. He has been a Senior Counsel/ Queen’s Counsel/ King’s Counsel since 2007, practising from Crockett Chambers in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

He is an active member of the Victorian Bar, including having been a recent member of the Bar Council of the Victorian Bar for five years and its Ethics Committee and its Counsel Committee; as well as of the Tasmanian Bar; and the Northern Territory Bar.

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

  • Administrative and Human Rights 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 conducts and 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:
  • 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.
  • In 2017-2019 he conducted an inquiry into allegedly sexually inappropriate conduct into the Melbourne Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.
  • In 2018/2019 he was briefed in the Aged Care Services Royal Commission for a variety of parties
  • In 2019 he accepted a brief for the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police in relation to the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants
  • In 2021 he was briefed  as Senior Special Counsel to assist the Disability Royal Commission.

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

Dr Freckelton AO KC 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 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.

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

Andrew Turner: Foley’s List, Owen Dixon Chambers, 205 William St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

(61) 03 92257777;