Crown Counsel Appointed

28 August 2018

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of barrister Liam Brown as Crown Counsel.

Since being called to the Bar in 2010, Mr Brown has maintained a broad practice as a barrister, appearing in a number of high profile cases, inquiries and inquests, and providing advice on a range of government and public law matters.

He regularly appears in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and has appeared in the Federal Court, High Court, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

From 2012–14, Mr Brown was a Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School, where he taught Principles of Public Law.

Prior to joining the Bar, Mr Brown was a senior legal adviser in the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2008-10, a senior associate to Justice Hargrave at the Supreme Court of Victoria from 2007-2008, and a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jacques from 2004-2007.

Mr Brown holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from La Trobe University, where he won the University Medal and Supreme Court Prize for best law graduate. He also holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

He replaces Melinda Richards SC as Crown Counsel, following Ms Richards’ appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court in April. Mr Brown’s appointment runs to 30 November 2019.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“Liam Brown is a respected member of the Victorian Bar with significant experience in public law and the provision of legal advice to government, and I congratulate him on his appointment.”

“I would like to thank Melinda Richards for her three years of service and advice to the State as Crown Counsel.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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