William Blake

William Blake

  • Admitted: 2015
  • Bar: 2019

Location

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

Biography

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.

In July 2020 was accepted into the VLA Trial Counsel Development Program.

William holds an Indictable Crime Certificate, is on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.

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 extensive experience in complex criminal matters. 

William previously worked with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Fitzroy Legal Centre and the Mental Health Legal Centre. He has worked in areas dealing with migration, property and estate matters, challenging compulsory treatment orders arising under the Mental Health Act, among others.

William read with Barnaby Johnston and Colin Mandy SC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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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