Emily Clark

Emily Clark

  • Admitted: 2013
  • Bar: 2016


The William
1218/199 William Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Emily practises primarily in the criminal jurisdiction across a wide range of matters including drug offences, matters of violence, and sexual offences.

Emily appears regularly as defence counsel in trials in the County and Supreme Courts. She also appears in committals, pleas, appeals, bail applications, and contested hearings across all jurisdictions.

Emily has appeared both led and unled in the Court of Appeal and has a particular interest in appellate work. She has appeared in complex matters such as Fleming (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2021] VSCA 206 and Collins (a Pseudonym) v The Queen [2018] VSCA 131.

Before coming to the Bar, Emily worked as a Solicitor Advocate at Stary Norton Halphen (formerly Robert Stary Lawyers). During her time at the firm she instructed and appeared regularly in criminal defence matters in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts.

Prior to her employment at Stary Norton Halphen, Emily was Senior Associate to His Honour Chief Judge Rozenes AO QC at the County Court of Victoria.

Emily read with David Hallowes SC and her senior mentor was George Georgiou SC, now His Honour Judge Georgiou.

Emily has a passion for and commitment to social justice. She has previously volunteered with a number of Community Legal Centres and has appeared in pro bono matters since coming to the Bar.

Emily holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC).


  • Criminal Bar Association

Recent Cases

  • Re Abrhm Chol [2020] VSC 580
  • McNamara v DPP [2020] VSC 844

Notable Cases

  • Dughetti v The Queen [2019] VSCA 217
  • Collins (a Pseudonym) v The Queen [2018] VSCA 131
  • Robinson & Robinson v The Queen [2017] VSCA 304
  • Nine Network Australia Limited v Minogue [2016] VSC 158 (junior to A. Palmer)
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