Contributors

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 2020 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

Yusur Al-Azzawi
Lawyer, Robinson Gill Lawyers

12.6  Complaints against Victoria Police

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

10.4  Insurance

Faisal Bakhtiar
Senior Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

Lynne Barratt
Solicitor

11.4  Community activism

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

1.1  Where our laws come from

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

Anita Brown
Solicitor

7.7  Trade marks

Suzie Cameron
Magistrate, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

3.6  How bail works

Lucy Carter
Lawyer, Mental Health Legal Centre

8.5  Mental illness

Rosalinda Casamento
Senior Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

Jennee Chan
Senior Counsel, Allens

12.5  Freedom of information law

Rehana Chowdhry
Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

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

6.1  Tenancy

Peter Cotter
Lawyer and Mentor, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

6.4  Neighbour disputes

Karen Cusack
Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner

9.1  Health and the law

Rebecca Dahl
Partner, Nicholes Family Lawyers

4.3  Same-sex and de facto couples and families

Lachlan Edwards
Senior Solicitor

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

Tristana Freeman
Lawyer, Seniors Rights Victoria

9.2  Legal issues affecting older people

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
Senior Solicitor

3.8  Imprisonment, supervision and prisoner rights

Deborah Glass
Victorian Ombudsman

12.3  Taking a problem to an ombudsman (Victoria)

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

Deidre Griffiths
Principal Solicitor and Executive Officer, Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service

8.6  Intellectual disability and the law

Chris Gunasekera
Lawyer, Peninsula Community Legal Centre

4.6  Changing your name

Amy Hando
Barrister

11.2  Defamation and your rights

Len Jaffit
Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

Kamalini Jayasena
Deputy Managing Lawyer, Child Support Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid

4.2  Parental responsibilities and child support

Nisha Jholl
Lawyer, First Nations Legal & Research Services

1.1  Where our laws come from

Ian Killey
Sessional Academic, Australian Catholic University

1.1  Where our laws come from

Jeremy King
Principal Solicitor, Robinson Gill Lawyers

12.6  Complaints against Victoria Police

Ella Kucharova
Senior Lawyer, Australian 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

Anna Lyons
Principal Lawyer, Not-for-profit Law, Justice Connect

6.6  Community organisations

Dru Marsh
Senior Legal Policy Officer, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

6.9  Road law for cyclists and skaters

Natasha Mastroianni
Senior Associate, Nicholes Family Lawyers

4.3  Same-sex and de facto couples and families

Fiona McLeay
Victorian Legal Services Commissioner

2.1  Legal representation

Stewart McNab
Barrister

9.3  Wills

9.4  Estates

9.5  Funerals

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

Catherine Miller
Solicitor, Consumer Action Law Centre

5.7  Understanding credit and finance

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

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

5.10  Unauthorised transactions and ePayments Code

6.7  Buying a car

Tim Noonan
Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

Glenn Osboldstone
Principal Legislation 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

Gregory Parkhurst
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

12.3  Taking a problem to an ombudsman (Commonwealth)

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

Julie Riva
Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

Peter Rozen
Queen’s Counsel

11.7  Occupational health and safety

Margaret Ryan
Solicitor

7.6  Copyright

Neville Sanders
REIV Accredited Owners Corporations Specialist

6.5  Owners corporations

Katia Sanderson
Solicitor, Consumer Action Law Centre

5.8  Mortgages, credit cards and other finance products

Ben Sayer
Partner, Sayer Jones

4.5  Adoption and the law

Tal Shmerling
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

11.1  Discrimination and human rights

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
Solicitor, Lander & Rogers

11.5  Employment contracts, awards and agreements

11.6  Protection for your rights at work

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

Laura Vickers
Principal, Nest Legal

6.2  Buying or selling a house

Helen Versey
Former Victorian Privacy Commissioner

12.4  Privacy and your rights

Thracy Vinga
Barrister

10.6  Assistance for victims of crime

Russell Waters
Partner, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

7.7  Trade marks

Graham Wells
Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

5.1  Dealing with social security

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

Julie Zhou
Barrister

5.2  Are you in debt?