Emily Clark

Emily Clark

  • Admitted: 2013
  • Bar: 2016


The William
1218/199 William Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


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

She regularly appears in trials in the County and Supreme Courts. She appears in committals, pleas, appeals, bail applications, and contested hearings across all jurisdictions. She also appears in the Court of Appeal and has a particular interest in appellate work.

Emily’s practice involves dealing with complex evidentiary and procedural matters, with extensive experience challenging DNA and other expert evidence, and tendency evidence.

Before coming to the Bar, Emily worked as a Solicitor Advocate at Stary Norton Halphen, where 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 of the County Court).

Emily has a strong commitment to social justice. She has a long history of volunteering with Community Legal Centres and regularly provides pro bono legal assistance at the Bar, primarily focused on political activists and marginalised women who have been criminalised.

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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