GEMMA CAFARELLA

Bar Roll – 22 October 2020    
Admitted – 13 August 2013

Phone – (03) 9225 7333
Mobile – 0413 921 649
Email – gemma.cafarella@vicbar.com.au
Chambers – Level 22, Room 2215, Owen Dixon Chambers West. 525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

GEMMA CAFARELLA

Bar Roll – 22 October 2020    
Admitted – 13 August 2013

Phone – (03) 9225 7333
Mobile – 0413 921 649
Email – gemma.cafarella@vicbar.com.au
Chambers – Level 22, Room 2215, Owen Dixon Chambers West. 525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

Admitted to practice in

  • Victoria

Area of Law

  • Public & Administrative Law
  • Civil Liberties/Discrimination
  • Common Law
  • Coronial Inquests, Inquiries and Commissions
  • Criminal Law
  • Disciplinary & Related Tribunals
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Guardianship/ Mental Health (Protective Tribunals)
  • Human Rights
  • Open Courts Act
  • Residential Tenancies

About

Gemma practises in civil law with a focus on public and administrative law. She accepts briefs to appear and advise.

Prior to coming to the Bar Gemma was an Associate Public Defender (Civil Justice) in Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) Chambers, and a senior lawyer in VLA’s Civil Justice team.

Gemma has had experience appearing and advising in relation to appeals, including:

Gemma has appeared regularly at all Victorian Courts, VCAT, the AAT and the Mental Health Tribunal. Cases in which Gemma has appeared include:

Gemma regularly advises on statutory interpretation, Coroners Court matters, the operation of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, and applications for suppression and anonymisation orders.

She has also worked at Justice Connect Homeless Law, West Justice and Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre’s police accountability project.

In 2019 Gemma was highly commended by the Law Institute of Victoria for the Paul Baker Award for Human Rights or Administrative Law. Gemma is also the Chair of the Government Regulation and Equality Committee at Liberty Victoria, and a sessional staff member in the faculty of law at Monash University.

Gemma is reading with Elizabeth Bennett and her senior mentor is Claire Harris QC.