Gabriel Chipkin

  • Bar: 2022


Level 2, 550 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Gabriel is an experienced courtroom advocate and accepts briefs to appear in criminal matters, regulatory and administrative law matters, inquests and inquiries.

He has appeared unled as defence counsel in jury trials in the County Court of Victoria and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory for sexual offences, kidnapping, blackmail, drug trafficking, dangerous driving causing death and violence offences. He has also appeared in the Court of Criminal Appeal for conviction and sentence appeals in the NT.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Gabriel was a Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid Chambers. He previously worked as a Senior Lawyer (Trial Advocate) at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, where he was based in Darwin for over 3 years. Prior to NAAJA, Gabriel worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW) as a solicitor-advocate. He began his career in 2011 at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Gabriel has a broad range of experience appearing in serious indictable matters in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court including committal proceedings, pre-trial hearings, ss 198A & 198B examinations, special hearings, jury trials and appellate proceedings post-conviction. He has also appeared in mental impairment and unfitness proceedings as well as serious offender applications.

He is particularly interested in the intersection between police powers and civil liberties, especially matters that raise issues relating to search, seizure, arrest and the use of force by police. He also has a keen interest in DNA evidence and has presented a paper at a national legal conference on DNA reliance in circumstantial cases.

Gabriel holds an LLM from New York University and an LLB (with first class honours) from the University of New South Wales.

Gabriel is reading with Sarah Keating. His senior mentor is John Kelly SC.

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