Contributors 2019

The Law Handbook can only be produced through the assistance of its many volunteer contributors, who ensure the text for each edition is accurate and up-to-date. We thank all of the following contributors to the 2019 edition for their dedication to the continued provision of accessible legal information, building on the work of their many predecessors over the lifetime of the book.

Contributor

Chapter contributed to

Renata Alexander
Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law, Monash University

4.4  Family violence

Nicholas Anderson
Senior Lawyer, Justice Connect

3.1  Fines and infringements

Mark Attard
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

6.3  Building or renovating a house

10.4  Insurance

Lynne Barratt
Solicitor, Bradley Lawyers

11.4  Community activism

Joseph Barravecchio
Solicitor; Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialist; Accredited Administrative Law Specialist

1.1  Where our laws come from

Elizabeth Beal
Consultant Lawyer, VICE Media and ACMI

7.5  The internet and the law

Placido Belardo
Principal, Solicitor, Disability Discrimination Legal Service

8.3  Disability and criminal justice

8.4  Physical disability

Paul Bingham
Barrister

5.6  Superannuation

Shifrah Blustein
Policy and Projects Lawyer, WestJustice

3.1  Fines and infringements

Gerard Brody
CEO, Consumer Action Law Centre

7.2  Consumer protection laws

7.4  Taking action as a consumer

Suzie Cameron
Magistrate, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

3.6  How bail works

Michael Clothier
Partner, Clothier Anderson; Accredited Immigration Law Specialist

12.1  Immigration and refugees

Anna Collyer
Partner, Allens

12.5  Freedom of information law

Greg Connellan
Magistrate, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

1.2  An introduction to the courts

3.5  Arrest, search, interrogation and your rights

Benjamin Cording
Principal Solicitor, Tenants Victoria Legal Service

6.1  Tenancy

Peter Cotter
Solicitor and Mentor, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

6.4  Neighbour disputes

Marla Cowen
Not-for-profit Law, Justice Connect

6.6  Community organisations

Karen Cusack
Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner

9.1  Health and the law

Rebecca Dahl
Senior Associate, Nicholes Family Lawyers

4.3  Same-sex and de facto couples and families

Graeme Edgerton
Deputy Director, Legal Section, Australian Human Rights Commission

11.1  Discrimination and human rights

Lachlan Edwards
Senior Solicitor, Consumer Action Law Centre

5.3  Understanding bankruptcy

5.10  Unauthorised transactions and ePayments Code

Rebecca Edwards
Principal Lawyer, Seniors Rights Victoria

9.2  Legal issues affecting older people

Noah Eidelson
Barrister

4.1  Marriage and divorce

4.2  Parental responsibilities and child support

Maelein Foo
Principal, Kane Lawyers

6.2  Buying or selling a house

Angus Frith
Barrister

1.1  Where our laws come from

Edmund Gale
Senior Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.9  Credit reporting

Suzan Gencay
Solicitor, Victoria Legal Aid

3.3  Sexual offences

3.4  Sex work

Julia Gibby
Solicitor

3.8  Imprisonment and prisoner rights

James Gorman
Partner, Gorman & Hannan

4.7  Young people’s rights and responsibilities

Joseph Gorman
Partner, Gorman & Hannan

1.4  The Children’s Court

Philip Grano
Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

8.2  Disability: asserting your rights

8.7  Guardianship and medical treatment

8.8  Understanding powers of attorney

Chris Gunasekera
Lawyer, Peninsula Community Legal Centre

4.6  Changing your name

Leonie Hatch
Senior Legal Policy Officer, Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation

4.5  Adoption and the law

Melinda Inserra
Senior Associate, Allens

12.5  Freedom of information law

Douglas James
Barrister

5.2  Are you in debt?

Kamalini Jayasena
Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

4.2  Parental responsibilities and child support

Ian Killey
Lecturer, Victoria University

1.1  Where our laws come from

Ella Kucharova
Senior Lawyer, Australian Human Rights Commission

11.1  Discrimination and human rights

Belinda La Rocca
Senior Legal Advisor, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

11.1  Discrimination and human rights

Benjamin Lindner
Barrister

1.2  An introduction to the courts

3.7  Which court for which crime?

Bruce Lindsay
Solicitor, Environmental Justice Australia

11.3  Environmental law

Bronya Lipski
Solicitor, Environmental Justice Australia

11.3  Environmental law

Madeleine Lynch
Solicitor

1.3  Sentencing in the Magistrates’ Court

6.8  Driving offences

Peter Lynch
Solicitor; Accredited Criminal Law Specialist

1.3  Sentencing in the Magistrates’ Court

6.8  Driving offences

Dru Marsh
Senior Legal Policy Officer, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

6.9  Road law for cyclists and skaters

Fiona McLeay
Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and CEO, Victorian Legal Services Board

2.1  Legal representation

Stewart McNab
Barrister

9.3  Wills

9.4  Estates

9.5  Funerals

Christine Mellino
Lawyer, Not-for-profit Law, Justice Connect

6.6  Community organisations

Norman Mermelstein
Solicitor; REIV Accredited Owners Corporations Specialist

6.5  Owners corporations

Kerri-anne Millard
Manager, Policy and Regulation, Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

2.1  Legal representation

Jamie Moffat
Secretary, Appeal Costs Board

10.7  Compensation for some legal costs

Aras Mollison
Solicitor, Lander & Rogers

11.5  Employment contracts, awards and agreements

11.6  Protection for your rights at work

Sandip Mukerjea
Barrister

11.2  Defamation and your rights

Cat Newton
Solicitor and Policy Officer, Consumer Action Law Centre

5.3  Understanding bankruptcy

7.3  Consumer guarantees

David Niven
Senior Solicitor, Consumer Action Law Centre

6.7  Buying a car

Glenn Osboldstone
Senior Legal Policy Officer, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

6.9  Road law for cyclists and skaters

Tabitha O’Shea
Community Lawyer, Seniors Rights Victoria

9.2  Legal issues affecting older people

Angela Palombo
Legal and Policy Officer, Office of the Health Complaints Commissioner

9.1  Health and the law

Sasha Ponniah
Senior Associate to the Hon. Justice Bell, Supreme Court of Victoria

12.2  Appealing government and administrative decisions

Daniel Proietto
Solicitor, Lander & Rogers

11.5  Employment contracts, awards and agreements

11.6  Protection for your rights at work

Jessica Richter
Solicitor

2.3  Representing yourself in court

Peter Rozen
Barrister

11.7  Occupational health and safety

Margaret Ryan
Solicitor

7.6  Copyright

Neville Sanders
REIV Accredited Owners Corporations Specialist

6.5  Owners corporations

Rod Saunders
Barrister and Mediator

7.7  Trade marks

Daniel Smedley
Principal, Sladen Legal; Accredited Tax Law Specialist

5.5  Taxation

Adrian Snodgrass
Senior lawyer, Fitzroy Legal Service

10.5  Motor vehicle accidents and insurance

Samantha Sowerwine
Principal Lawyer, Homeless Law, Justice Connect

3.1  Fines and infringements

Beth Stewart
Lander & Rogers

11.5  Employment contracts, awards and agreements

11.6  Protection for your rights at work

Carolyn Stuart
Lawyer, Seniors Rights Victoria

9.2  Legal issues affecting older people

Brendan Sydes
Solicitor, Environmental Justice Australia

11.3  Environmental law

Evelyn Tadros
Barrister

7.1  How contract law works

Jessica Tighe
Lawyer, Seniors Rights Victoria

9.2  Legal issues affecting older people

Toby Verey
Senior Policy and Projects Officer, Victoria Legal Aid

2.2  How legal aid can help

Helen Versey
Former Victorian Privacy Commissioner

12.4  Privacy and your rights

Thracy Vinga
Barrister

10.6  Assistance for victims of crime

Kate Wandmaker
Principal Lawyer, Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

12.3  Taking a problem to an ombudsman

Russell Waters
Partner, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

7.7  Trade marks

Merys Williams
Solicitor, Robinson Gill Lawyers

12.6  Complaints against Victoria Police

Stan Winford
Solicitor and Associate Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

3.2  Drug offences

3.9  Understanding criminal records

Brian Wright
Magistrate, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

10.1  Negligence and injury

10.2  Transport accident injuries

10.3  Work injuries

Simon Zebrowski
Magistrate, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

3.6  How bail works