James Penny

Admitted: 13 Mar 2018
Signed Bar Roll: 06 May 2021
Chambers: Room Level 9, Gorman Chambers, Level 9 460 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 9225 7444
Mobile: 0439 977 165
E-mail: james.penny@vicbar.com.au
Profile Details:

James came to the Bar having practiced as a solicitor at a generalist national law firm, and a specialist criminal law firm.

Since signing the Bar Roll, James has been briefed to appear in a range of different criminal law matters, such as pleas, bail applications, sentence appeals in both the County Court and Court of Appeal and contests.

This includes:

DPP v Lawrence (A Pseudonym) [2021] VCC 1320 (led by Diana Price)

Thornton v The Queen [2021] VSCA 325 (arguing the first ground of appeal, led by Paul Kounnas)

James also has a broad civil law practice, having been briefed in various matters in various jurisdictions.

This includes:

Sheppard Group Services (in liq) - NSWSC (led by Michael Bearman and Scott Cromb)

Energy Australia Pty Ltd v ATF Properties Pty Ltd (unled) - VCC

He also has an administrative law practice, regularly being briefed to advise, and appear in matters seeking to review government decisions, such as firearm licence cancellations.

Matters include:

Martin v Commissioner of Police - NCAT (unled)

James also often appears in s 189 non-prohibited person applications.

James has been a long believer in access to justice and standing up for those less fortunate. He has been a long-time volunteer at AED Legal, assisting those with disabilities in employment and discrimination matters and Fitzroy Legal helping those who have been charged by Police.

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, James worked for a regional Local Council in legal policy and renewable energy policy.

James is undertaking his Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne, he is also the first ever graduate from the Australian Catholic University, St Thomas More School of Law to sign any bar roll in Australia and is also a long-suffering Essendon member.

James is read with Diana Price and his senior mentor is Paul Hayes QC.