Louise Coleman

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Louise has a diverse practice in public and commercial law, including administrative law, constitutional law, contract, equity, criminal and regulatory matters.  She has appeared both led and unled in the High Court, as well as various NSW and federal courts and tribunals. 

Her recent appearances include:

  • representing Hobart and Launceston airports in the High Court;
  • representing the Crown in the High Court in BA v The King;
  • acting for Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd in the WA Supreme Court in the Hope Downs litigation against Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and others;
  • appearing as Counsel Assisting in the inquest into the disappearance of Melissa Caddick;
  • representing the Minister for Immigration in the Biloela family litigation;
  • acting for CBA in civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC;
  • appearing as Counsel Assisting, in an inquiry by the Judicial Commission into complaints regarding a judicial officer; and
  • representing the HCCC in professional disciplinary proceedings for alleged under-dosing of chemotherapy.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1; 2nd in graduating class) and Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Sydney. She received 24 academic prizes and scholarships.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Louise practised as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.  She was Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Macfarlan in the NSW Court of Appeal, and was an examiner in Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney from 2014-2017.