Nick has a trial and appellate practice focussing on public & administrative, criminal and regulatory law. He acts for both government and private clients, and is available to appear in all courts and tribunals. Nick also maintains an active advice practice.
Nick has a particular interest in the intersection between politics and the law, including free speech, whistleblower protections, freedom of information, anti-corruption and human rights.
Prior to the coming to the Bar, Nick was a Senior Lawyer at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), where he advised on a range of public and criminal law matters, and regularly appeared as counsel assisting in coercive examinations. He also worked as a solicitor-advocate at Victoria Legal Aid, and at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Victorian Ombudsman’s office in legal and investigative roles.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from Monash University, as well as a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Public & Administrative Law
Nick accepts briefs in all areas of public & administrative law, including migration law and merits review in VCAT and the AAT.
Nick has broad experience advising on administrative law issues, including judicial and merits review, statutory interpretation, public interest disclosures, freedom of information, human rights, and information privacy.
Criminal & Regulatory Law
Nick accepts briefs for both prosecution and defence in all areas of criminal and quasi-criminal law, including regulatory investigations and prosecutions, OH&S, WorkSafe, proceeds of crime, inquests, and disciplinary proceedings. Having worked at IBAC, ASIC and the Victorian Ombudsman’s office, Nick has particular expertise in advising on strategic and legal issues relating to commissions of inquiry and regulatory agencies.
He has extensive experience in advising on the conduct of investigations and use of investigative powers, including issues relating to obtaining and contesting warrants, coercive examinations, subpoenas and other powers to compel the giving or production of evidence, telecommunications interception, surveillance devices, and matters of privilege.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.