Victoria Legal Aid

Lead Counsel

Information about Lead Counsel in the Trial Counsel Development program, including the selection process, fees and training.

Selection process

Lead Counsel can be chosen in consultation with solicitors, the Victorian Bar and the judiciary. They are approached directly by Victoria Legal Aid and agree to act as leaders.


Lead Counsel receive brief fees consistent with Table MExternal Link in the VLA Handbook for lawyersExternal Link . . However, Lead Counsel are also entitled to an additional three hours' conferencing fee to account for time spent in conference and additional discussion with Junior Counsel throughout the trial.

Lead Counsel

The Lead Counsel in the 2022–23 Trial Counsel Development ProgramExternal Link are:

  • Theo Alexander
  • Karen Argiropolous
  • Catherine Boston
  • Amy Brennan
  • Zoe Broughton
  • Deanna Caruso
  • Peter Chadwick KC
  • Ruth Champion
  • Georgina Coghlan KC
  • Scott Collins
  • Mark Dean KC
  • Rhamin De Kretser
  • Richard Edney
  • Christopher Farrington
  • James Fitzgerald
  • Shaun Ginsbourg
  • Nicholas Goodfellow
  • Jason Gullaci
  • Leighton Gwynn
  • David Hallowes SC
  • Ashley Halphen
  • Justin Hannebery SC
  • Barnaby Johnston
  • Nadia Kaddeche
  • Aggy Kapitaniak
  • Theo Kassimatis SC
  • Sarah Keating
  • John Kelly SC
  • Paul Kounnas
  • Sharon Lacy
  • Anthony Lewis
  • Amit Malik
  • Colin Mandy SC
  • Tim Marsh
  • Michael McGrath
  • Julian McMahon SC
  • Kelly McKay
  • Zubin Menon
  • Peter Morrissey SC
  • Julia Munster
  • Rishi Nathwani
  • Moya O'Brien
  • Alexander Patton
  • Diana Price
  • Daniel Sala
  • Ruth Shann SC
  • Naomi Smith
  • Michael Stanton
  • Jo Swiney
  • Megan Tittensor SC
  • Remy van de Wiel KC
  • Andrew Waters

Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.

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Reviewed 23 March 2023

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