Kristine Hanscombe Portrait

Dr Kristine Hanscombe QC

Bar roll 1989 Silk 2003
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Dr Kristine Hanscombe QC has a broad administrative law, commercial and equity practice, and a particular interest, deriving from her training in physics and mathematics, in cases involving engineering and scientific matters.

Her administrative law practice includes both judicial review and advice to government as to matters of legislative drafting and related issues. She is experienced in professional disciplinary matters, and related processes, mostly in relation to the legal profession. In addition she has substantial experience in merits review administrative matters, both in tribunals and on appeal, and has appeared as counsel assisting in various types of executive inquiries. She assisted in the Ambulance Royal Commission with particular responsibility for the telecommunications engineering expert evidence. She has represented potentially affected persons in other Royal Commissions and coroner's inquests, including the Cole Royal Commission into Trade Unions, the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission and the Hayden Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption and Governance.  In the Child Abuse Royal Commission, she represented multiple victims of child sexual abuse by institutions in some case studies and responsible institutions in others, and most recently appeared in the Royal Commission into Youth Detention in the Northern Territory.

She has substantial experience in class actions, in both the Federal Court and the Victorian Supreme Court. Cases of this type have included the GIO, Aristocrat Leisure and Mediaworld shareholders’ cases, the Concept Sports multi-plaintiff proceeding, and the Contract Blinds industrial class action for breach of award and contract. She appeared for the applicant in De Brett v Qantas Airways Ltd (formerly Auskay Pty Ltd v Qantas Airways Ltd & Ors),a large cartel class action concerning air cargo freight rates.  She led a large disability discrimination class action, Duval-Comrie v Commonwealth, settlement of which was approved in December 2016, having previously conducted the test case on the issue, Nojin & Prior v Commonweath (2012) 208 FCR 1.  She is presently briefed for the Applicants and group members in the Palm Island class action, Wotton v State of Queensland.

She is routinely briefed in commercial cases involving complex questions of trust and property law, as well as those concerning deceased estates, including as to the construction of wills and related instruments.

She has a substantial appellate practice in both State and Federal jurisdictions. She is an active member of the Monash University Law School External Professional Advisory Group and the Advisory Board for the Clinical Program conducted by Monash Law School.  

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 13 Room 15

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Real Property
  • Wills & Probate
  • Class Actions
  • Bankruptcy
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Judicial Review
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination
  • Environment



Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Doctor of Philosophy (Pure Mathematics)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia


Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association

Victorian Bar - Pro Bono Committee

Victorian Bar and Barristers Chambers Limited - Green Committee

National Panels of Expert Mediators maintained by the Office of the Mediation Advisor under the Franchising and Oil Industry Codes of Conduct 

Monash University Law School Faculty Board

Advisory Board for the Clinical Program conducted by Monash Law School 

Victorian Executive of the International Commission of Jurists