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Maree Norton

QUALIFICATIONS  BA, LLB (Hons) (UTas), LLM (Cantab)
ADMITTED  2005    BAR  2010
CHAMBERS  ACK 2906

PHONE  9225 7573
MOBILE  0407 508 081
EMAIL  mnorton@vicbar.com.au

Maree Norton, BA, LLB (Hons) (UTas), LLM (Cantab)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Magistrates Court
  • Administrative Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Equal Opportunity / Discrimination
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Guardianship
  • Human Rights
  • International / Conflicts of Law
  • Local Government
  • Medical Negligence
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Law
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Torts (Other Than PI)
  • Trade Practices
  • Transport Accident Act
  • Work Cover

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Experience

Since coming to the Bar in 2010, Maree has developed a busy trial and appellate practice in administrative and public law, personal injuries and tort, commercial and employment law. She primarily accepts briefs in Victorian and Tasmanian matters.

Maree completed a Master of Law degree at the University of Cambridge, on a scholarship from the Cambridge Trusts. She also has a First Class Honours undergraduate degree in law from the University of Tasmania.


Previously, Maree was an Associate to the Honourable Justice Neave of the Victorian Court of Appeal, and a Senior Associate in the Litigation practice group at Allens. She is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.

A summary of Maree’s experience follows:

Administrative and public law

Maree has significant Royal Commission experience, having acted for ANZ in the Banking Royal Commission (led by M Collins QC and K Williams SC) and for Japara in the Aged Care Royal Commission (led by J Delany QC and M Borsky QC)

She regularly appears in judicial review proceedings on behalf of the Victorian WorkCover Authority, most notably in Wingfoot Australia Partners Pty Ltd & Anor v Kocak & Ors [2013] HCA 43; (2013) 252 CLR 480 (led by M Wheelahan QC).

Other cases include:

  • Lefevre v Director of Housing, residential tenancy appeal, Supreme Court of Tasmania (reserved)

In addition to the above appearance work, Maree is regularly briefed to provide advice to Government Departments, including with the current and former Solicitor-General for Victoria.

Maree is also available for enquiry and investigation work. Her experience in this area is focused on educational settings, and includes conducting an independent complaints process in relation to sexual harassment and related matters for the University of Tasmania in 2020, and an investigation under the Child Wellbeing & Safety Act 2005 (Vic) in 2019.

Personal injuries and tort

Maree holds briefs in various ongoing personal injuries claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria, including a brief for TT-Line in proceedings concerning the death of polo ponies following a crossing on the Spirit of Tasmania (led by M Scott QC). She is also briefed in proceedings involving historical child sexual abuse allegations and in personal injury proceedings in the context of immigration detention. She acted for Broadspectrum in the Manus Island class action, Supreme Court of Victoria, 2017 (led by J Delany QC).

She has particular appellate expertise, having acted in matters including:

Commercial law

Maree’s experience in this area includes:

  • Representing Wright Prospecting in a partnership dispute with Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd & Ors, Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2016 - 2017 (led by A Myers QC, J Rowland QC and A Broadfoot QC)

Employment law

Maree currently acts for Murray Valley Aboriginal Corporation in an employee entitlements dispute in the Supreme Court of Victoria (ongoing).

Her previous experience includes:

Cowper v Trustees of Edmund Rice Education Australia [2019] FWC 6630

Larner v George Weston Foods Ltd [2014] VSCA 62 (led by J Noonan QC)

Askaro v Leading Synthetics Pty Ltd & Anor [2014] FCCA 2081