Fiona McLeod SC

Fiona McLeod SC

President-Elect, Law Council of Australia
Barrister, Victorian Bar

Current Positions

President-Elect, Law Council of Australia
Barrister, Victorian Bar


Previous Positions

President, Australian Bar Association
Chair, Victorian Bar

Areas of Expertise

Business Legal, Professional Services, Women in Business
Finance Directors' Duties, Legal
Government Domestic Relations, Legal
Not for Profit Governance, Women

Biography

Fiona McLeod is Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar practising in the areas of human rights, commercial, common law and administrative law and Royal Commissions of Inquiry.

Described as an 'Outstanding Advocate and Leader of the Profession' (The Advocate Award) and one of Melbourne's most "influential, inspirational, provocative and creative individuals" (The Age), Fiona has been recognised for her clear legal advice, advocacy and strategic thinking in commercial and public law matters.

She has represented the Commonwealth in major cases including the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, Queensland Floods Commission and the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse. She has been briefed in notable matters including the Murrindindi bushfire class action and MFB Burnley toxic waste case. She appeared in the Gunns 20 litigation, the Casey landfill gas migration action and Blue Wedges case concerning the dredging of Port Philip Bay.

She has been awarded for her contribution to the advancement of women and human rights issues, in particular, human trafficking.

She was Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2012-13 and is the incoming President Elect of the Law Council of Australia. She will take up the office of President in 2017.

Fiona is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Bar Association.

On 5 March 2014 Fiona was appointed to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

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