Andrew Palmer


Andrew Palmer

1991 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Andrew Palmer graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and was awarded the Supreme Court Prize. In addition to his Bachelor of Laws, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington and has worked as an Articled Clerk with Minter Ellison.

Andrew was awarded the Scholarship to complete a BCL at St John's College, the University of Oxford.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

Andrew Palmer primarily practices in the area of government regulation of business, with a particular focus on occupational health and safety. Andrew acts regularly both for the Victorian WorkCover Authority and for corporate defendants in occupational health and safety prosecutions and at VCAT. He also acts for and advises other regulators including the Environment Protection Authority, the Victorian Building Authority and VicRoads.

One of Andrew’s particular strengths is in the analysis of complex factual and legal matters, regardless of the area of practice they fall in. Andrew also has expertise in the application of the laws of evidence, privilege and immunity, during discovery, in response to subpoenas, and at trial; and in the area of criminal asset confiscation.

Andrew enjoys developing close working relationships with his instructing solicitors, and is frequently engaged well before any proceedings are issued. Andrew also provides advice on policy and operational issues. Andrew is happy to have preliminary discussions with solicitors prior to being briefed.

Andrew also has expertise in general crime, particularly appellate matters. Andrew is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister.

Scholarship Year: 1991

Fields of Interest

Civil Law, Law