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Dr Ian Freckelton AO KC
Crockett Chambers

Room 1622 Castan Chambers,
460 Lonsdale Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

c/o Foley's List,
Owen Dixon Chambers,
205 William Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia


Tel: (03) 9225 7666
Fax: (03) 9914 2790

Dr Ian Freckelton AO KC is a barrister at Castan Chambers in Melbourne, Victoria.


BA (Hons) LLB (Syd) PhD (Griff) LLD (Melb)


Dr Ian Freckelton AO KC is an experienced silk with a national practice. He was called to the Bar in 1988 and took silk in 2007. His practice is trial, appellate and advisory in administrative law, disciplinary law, coronial law, criminal law, personal injury law and commercial law. He also practises as a mediator and an investigator of misconduct in diverse workplaces including local government, universities and corporate environments.

Ian’s practice at the Bar is characterised by appearances in cases in which complex and conflicting evidence, often including expert evidence, requires careful formulation of forensic strategies and well prepared cross-examination. He is a passionate, well-prepared and committed advocate and has appeared in a large number of reported cases throughout Australia: see here. He has particular expertise in matters involving government, policing, local government and professional regulation.

Ian has been briefed in many Northern Territory criminal and civil cases in the Supreme Court, as well as inquests in the Coroners Court and appeals from them. Ian has been a member of 10 statutory tribunals, including the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria, the Psychologists Review Board, the Disciplinary Appeals Board of Victoria and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria. Since 2016 he has been a member of the Victorian Bar Council and is a Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and a Past Vice-President of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties.

He is an elected member of the Australian Academy of Law, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He is a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria and for many years was the Principal Examiner for specialisation in criminal law for Victoria’s Law Institute.

By night Ian is a Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor Forensic Medicine at Monash University. He is a judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru on a fly-in, fly-out basis and is the long-time editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. He is the editor of books on expert evidence, coronial law, scholarly misconduct, causation in the law, criminal law, therapeutic jurisprudence, health law, disciplinary law, tribunal procedure, policing, and mental health law (see here), as well as many articles (see here).