Ian Freckelton QC

Contact Details

Phone: (03) 9225 7666
Email: I.Freckelton@vicbar.com.au
Fax: (03) 9077 7471
Personal website: www.ianfreckelton.com.au
Clerk: Howells List

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Disciplinary Law
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Tort Law
  • Health Law
  • Commercial Law

Professional Background

Publications and Professional Addresses

Ian is the author and editor of many books on expert evidence, coronial law, disciplinary law, medical law, mental health law, tribunal procedure, regulation of health practitioners, scholarly misconduct, therapeutic jurisprudence, policing and criminal law (see http://ianfreckelton.com.au/publications/books).

He has given a large number of professional addresses throughout Australia and in many countries (see http://ianfreckelton.com.au/speeches-2/professional-addresses


Ian has been in full-time practice at the Victorian Bar since 1988. He has appeared in many leading cases throughout Australia for government and citizens in administrative law matters,  for regulatory bodies and practitioners in disciplinary matters, for the prosecution and defence in criminal matters, for plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and commercial matters.

Ian has been a member of 10 statutory tribunals, including the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria. He is a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria. He is an elected member of the Australian Academy of Law, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He is a Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and a Past Vice-President of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties. He has held nocturnal or adjunct appointments as a Professor of Law at Melbourne, Sydney, Monash and La Trobe Universities. He is the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

Ian has a particular interest in expert evidence and tends to be briefed in matters of complexity and subtlety where formulation of careful forensic strategies is necessary and where expert witnesses and technical issues are prominent.