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Julia Watson

Bar roll 2014 Admitted 2007
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Tort Law Public Law
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Julia Watson has a broad commercial and public law practice

Julia advises and appears in a range of matters including public law, commercial, industrial, discrimination, freedom of information and criminal matters. Julia is a Senior Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne, where she has taught: Evidence and Proof (2014, 2015, 2016) Legal Ethics (2014) Administrative Law (2009, 2014) and Constitutional Law (2007, 2008).

Before joining the Victorian Bar, Julia was: Associate to the Honourable Justice Gageler, High Court of Australia (2013-14) Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice French, High Court of Australia (2012-13) Associate to the Honourable Justice Kenny, Federal Court of Australia (2012) Senior Solicitor, FOI Litigation Unit, Victoria Police (seconded from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office) (2011) Solicitor, Public Law, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (2008-9) Research Assistant to the Victorian Solicitor-General, Pamela Tate SC (2006-7).

Julia also completed a Master of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied economic theory and statistical modelling, and during which she completed fellowships at the New York Civil Liberties Union and at the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 22 Room 18

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Public Sector Appeals
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Statutory Employment Rights
  • Work Health & Safety
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Common Law
  • Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination
  • Environment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Judicial Review
  • Native Title
  • Planning & Local Government
  • Privacy



Master of Public Policy (Berkeley)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Melb)

Bachelor of Arts (Melb)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases


Re Canavan; Re Ludlam; Re Waters; Re Roberts [No 2]; Re Joyce; Re Nash; Re Xenophon [2017] HCA 45: acted for the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth in references to the Court of Disputed Returns from the Senate and the House of Representatives (led by Stephen Donaghue QC, Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth, with Perry Herzfeld and Mark Costello)

Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43: acted for the Commonwealth in a proceeding concerning the validity of a Tasmanian law regulating protest activity on business premises (led by Stephen Donaghue QC, Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth, with Perry Herzfeld)

Young v The Queen [2016] VSCA 149 (intervention on constitutional issues)(for the Attorney-General, led by the Solicitor-General for Victoria, Richard Niall QC)


McSteen v Architects Registration Board of Victoria [2017] VSC 276 (led by Peter Hanks QC)

Director of Consumer Affairs v Meng [2015] VSC 668 (for the Director, led by Jason Pizer QC)

Employment & Industrial

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union  [2017] FCAFC 53 (unled)

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v Australian Building and Construction Commissioner [2016] FCAFC 184 (led by Rachel Doyle SC)

Public Law

Setka v Magistrates’ Court of Victoria; Reardon v Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (Supreme Court of Victoria) (2017): acted for the plaintiffs in proceedings concerning the validity of charges brought under the Crimes Act 1987 (Vic) (led by Kris Walker QC, with Mark Hosking)

O'Sullivan v Andrews & Anor [2016] VSC 560 (for the Premier and State of Victoria, led by the Solicitor-General for Victoria, Richard Niall QC)

Glass v President of the Legislative Council and the Attorney-General for Victoria [2016] VSC 507 (for the Attorney-General, led by the Solicitor-General for Victoria, Richard Niall QC)

De Bruyn v Victorian Institute for Mental Health [2016] VSC 111 (intervention on Charter issues) (for the Attorney-General, led by Crown Counsel for Victoria, Melinda Richards SC)

The Environment Centre Northern Territory (NT) Incorporated v The Minister for Land Resource Management [2015] NTSC 30 (for the Minister, led by Stephen Donaghue QC)

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v Boral Resources (Vic) Pty Ltd (2015) 320 ALR 448 (availability of discovery in contempt proceedings) (for the CFMEU, led by Peter Morrissey SC)