Adam Chernok

Adam Chernok

Contact Details

Phone: 0400 896532 

Fax: 03) 9078 2670
Clerk: Holmes List




Areas of expertise

  • Appellate
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Health & Safety
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle
  • Sexual Assault
  • Property
  • Armed Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Fraud
  • Drugs
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Assault / Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Mental Illness
  • Appellate
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Planning
  • Money Laundering
  • Work
  • Domestic Violence
  • Corruption
  • Public Law & Administrative Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Human Rights Law
  • Customs
  • Merits Review
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition
  • Civil Liberties
  • Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
  • Royal Commissions
  • Coronial Inquests
  •  International Law 

Professional background


Adam is an experienced advocate in a broad range of serious criminal law and related administrative law matters.  He is particularly adept at representing clients in cases arising out of sophisticated investigations and involving complex evidentiary and legal issues.

He regularly appears for the defence (both with senior counsel and without a leader) in trials in the State courts, appeals, committals, contested hearings and bail applications as well as a range of procedural hearings and hearings in coercive commissions of inquiry, such as the Australian Crime Intelligence Commission and IBAC.

Most recently, he has been briefed in matters involving homicide, violence, large-scale drug offences, armed robberies on ‘hard targets’ and money laundering.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Adam was an associate to the Honourable Justice Byrne at the Supreme Court of Victoria, worked in-house at the Office of Chief Examiner - Victoria Police (the mandate of which is the investigation of serious and organised crime) and, for a number of years, regularly appeared as a solicitor advocate with the Melbourne offices of Doogue & O’Brien and as a sole practitioner.

Adam is also passionate about and maintains an active interest in both academic and in pro bono and international work.

He has studied and undertaken research at the University of Melbourne and Griffith University and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. His research interests include: covert policing; coercive powers; surveillance; and human rights.  He has also undertaken international humanitarian response training with RedR Australia.

During January - March 2014, Adam carried out work for Reprieve in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, with a view to establishing anti-death penalty programs in those countries for the organisation. He is on the Steering Committee for Reprieve's Southeast Asia Project.  From May - November 2014, he was briefed to defend a group of asylum seekers in the Republic of Nauru, who were facing charges arising out of a riot at the Australian detention centre.

Having read with Mandy Fox QC and senior mentor Peter Morrissey SC, Adam took up residence in Crockett Chambers in November 2017.  He holds an Indictable Crime Certificate, is on the Victoria Legal Aid list of counsel and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.