William Blake

William Blake

  • Admitted: 2015
  • Bar: 2019

Location

Gorman Chambers
Room 933, Level 9
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Biography

William Blake practices principally in criminal and administrative law.

Criminal Law

William regularly appears in both summary and indictable matters, and has appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. He has experience in committal hearings, summary contests and bail applications, and as junior counsel in trials relating to homicide offences, drug importation and violent offending.

William also has experience acting in matters arising under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act.

William has a particular interest and focus on developing a trial practice and in July 2020 was accepted into the VLA Trial Counsel Development Program.

Regulatory Prosecutions

Counsel has experience in proceedings brought by regulatory authorities.  William has appeared and advised in prosecutions brought by both government and statutory bodies, such as the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), as well as local councils.

Human Rights and Migration Law

William maintains a strong interest in the protection of human rights and public and international law. He has worked with the Capital Punishment Justice Project in appeals against death penalty sentences in Singapore, and has appeared in a number of applications to the Australian Administrative Tribunal against the mandatory revocation of visas of refugees. 

Background

Prior to being called to the Bar, William was Associate to His Honour Judge Allen of the County Court. During his time at the Court, William gained practical experience in complex criminal trials, plea hearings for both State and Commonwealth offences, bail applications, fitness investigations and special hearings. 

William previously worked with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Fitzroy Legal Centre and the Mental Health Legal Centre where he gained extensive experience across a broad range of law, including migration, property and estate matters, and challenging compulsory treatment orders arising under the Mental Health Act. William read with Barnaby Johnston and Colin Mandy SC.

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association

Awards

  • Junior Counsel in the Trial Counsel Development Program

Recent Cases

  • Abbott v The Queen [2021] VSCA 149 – Junior Counsel to Georgina Connelly
  • Re Nagy [2020] VSC 878 Junior Counsel to Michael McGrath
  • RPBQ and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (Migration) [2020] AATA 4656 (2 November 2020) Junior to Barnaby Johnston
  • STZS and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (Migration) [2020] AATA 2504 (20 May 2020) Junior to Barnaby Johnston
  • Re Sleiman [2020] VSC 469 Junior Counsel to Michael McGrath
  • Re Barker [2020] VSC 321 Junior Counsel to Michael McGrath
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