Edwina Smith Portrait

Edwina Smith

Bar roll 2019 Admitted 2006
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Edwina practises primarily in public and commercial law

Before coming to the bar, Edwina was a solicitor for over ten years with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO) and Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).  Most recently, she was Managing Principal Solicitor of the Constitutional and Advice team at VGSO.

Edwina has extensive experience conducting State-significant litigation and advising about complex issues of public law, including:

Administrative law - handling numerous judicial review and merits review proceedings; and advising about decision making, privacy, and statutory interpretation.

Planning - Acting for the Minister for Planning in judicial review proceedings, including with respect to East West Link, a wind farm development, and residential rezoning.

Environment - conducting litigation and advising government about forestry regulation, contaminated land, climate change and the EPBC Act. 

Resources and energy – defending challenge in the Supreme Court of Victoria to the State’s petroleum exploration moratoria; and advising government about the regulation of petroleum, electricity and mineral resources.

Constitutional law – conducting constitutional law matters for the Attorney-General of Victoria; and advising the State about various constitutional law issues.

Inquests and government inquiries – including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. 

Edwina was previously associate to Justice Osborn of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Edwina graduated from the University of Melbourne with degrees in Arts and Laws with first class honours.  She holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.  Her studies at Harvard focussed on public law and environmental law, particularly climate change.

Edwina read with Liz Bennett. Her senior mentor is Peter Gray QC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation 


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 15 Room 2

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Energy & Resources
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Inquests
  • Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination
  • Environment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Judicial Review
  • Planning & Local Government
  • Privacy



Master of Laws (Harvard)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) (Melb)

Bachelor of Arts (Melb) 



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals, Federal Court of Australia & High Court of Australia


Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association