Charmaine K M Lye

Title: MA (Cantab)
Admitted: 29th Mar 2004
Signed Bar Roll: 10th Nov 2005
Chambers: Room 0821, Isaacs Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: 9225 8720
Fax: 9225 7444
Profile Details:

Charmaine Lye practices predominantly in commercial matters, including matters involving corporate and securities law, trade practices, contract and tort law.
Since coming to the Victorian Bar, Charmaine has dealt with matters in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates Court and also with matters before tribunals such as the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Chinese Medicine Registration Board.

Previous experience:

Charmaine received a scholarship from the Singapore government to study law at Cambridge, where she took First Class Honours, the Cambridge University Norton Rose Botterell and Roche Prize for Commercial Law and the Pembroke College Ziegler Prize for Law. After taking the Bar Finals in London, Ms Lye joined the Inner Temple. Thereafter her scholarship obliged her to return to the Singapore legal service, where she first prosecuted white collar crime and then pioneered as one of Singapore’s first two equivalents of judge’s associates to the Court of Appeal and High Court. She then entered private practice and pursued this in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York in a broad range of domestic and international commercial, corporate, finance and capital markets transactions. The matters she was involved in during those years include the initial public offerings of companies in Singapore and Hong Kong, joint ventures and projects in China, international structured finance for oil and gas pipelines and rolling stock, and several civil fraud matters including action concerning a large scale fraud on an international bank in New York. She has on word-of-mouth recommendation personally advised an international stock market on legal matters involving another international stock market. She co-edited The Regulation of the Financial and Capital Markets published by Singapore National Press and has since January 2006 lectured in commercial law on the Melbourne University JD programme. She is a law reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports and authored the updates to concurrent Torts, Strict Liability and Damages in the Torts. Title of "The Laws of Australia (2nd edition).


Cambridge University BA (first class honours)
Cambridge University Norton, Rose Botterell and Roche Prize for commercial law
Pembroke College, Cambridge, Ziegler Prize for Law

Victorian Bar Committee memberships

  • Committee Member - Women Barristers' Association
  • Secretary - Commercial Bar Association - Asia Practice Section

Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, French.