Michael Allen practises in criminal law and administrative law.
Michael practises in all areas of criminal law. He has been briefed in numerous complex and serious criminal proceedings, including cases involving murder, white-collar fraud, conspiracy to defraud, commercial drug trafficking, blackmail, firearm importation, and sexual offences. He regularly accepts briefs to advise. He holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and is on the VLA Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List.
Michael has particular experience in advising and appearing in regulatory criminal proceedings brought by government and statutory authorities, including the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), WorkSafe, and the RSPCA Victoria, as well as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and various municipal councils. He also provides advice on statutory interpretation and enforcement issues in relation to regulatory regimes.
Commissions, Inquiries, and Disciplinary Proceedings
Michael acts as counsel in inquiries and disciplinary proceedings. His previous experience includes having been briefed as:
- Counsel for a party before the Board of Inquiry into the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Program;
- One of Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants;
- Counsel for a witness before the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) in its public hearings in relation to Operation Gloucester;
- Counsel Assisting the Architects Tribunal;
- Counsel Assisting the Building Practitioners Board;
- Counsel for parties in review / appeal proceedings before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Prior to signing the Bar Roll, Michael was a solicitor at Galbally & O’Bryan. As a solicitor, he worked on a wide range of criminal proceedings, as well as matters involving the IBAC, the Office of the Chief Examiner, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. In his final year, he received the Melbourne JD Award (Third Year), together with five other prizes for academic excellence (including awards for advocacy and legal research).
Michael read with Andrew Woods, who specialises in administrative and commercial law, and Scott Johns SC (now his Honour Judge Johns), who specialised in criminal law.