Oliver Cain

ADMITTED  2016    BAR  2016
CHAMBERS  Castan Chambers 1617

PHONE  9225 8181
MOBILE  0433 331 333

Oliver Cain, JD, BA, GDLP


  • Magistrates Court
  • Administrative Law
  • Aviation Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Criminal Law
  • Customs / Shipping / Maritime
  • De Facto Relationships
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Equal Opportunity / Discrimination
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • Insurance
  • Intervention Orders
  • Liquor Licencing
  • Medical Negligence
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Torts (Other Than PI)
  • Trade Practices
  • Traffic Offences
  • Transport Accident Act
  • Work Cover

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Oliver holds degrees in Arts (Philosophy) from Monash University, Law (Juris Doctor) from Bond University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Oliver worked at Victoria Legal Aid in the Family Law Division. He also served as Senior Associate to Chief Judge Michael Rozenes AO QC of the County Court, and Senior Associate to Judge Lisa Hannan, now Chief Magistrate of Victoria, when her Honour was then Divisional Head of Crime at the County Court.


Oliver's practice as a barrister focuses primarily upon family law. He also practises in the other areas specified above, with a particular focus on criminal matters. Oliver is admitted to practice in all Federal and State courts.

Oliver appears in all jurisdictions in which such matters are litigated, both on his own and with senior counsel. He most commonly appears in the following courts and tribunals:

Federal level

  • The Family Court of Australia
  • The Federal Court of Australia
  • The Federal Circuit Court of Australia

State level

  • The County Court (including its appellate jurisdiction)
  • The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
  • The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Oliver has particular expertise in oral and written advocacy in both family law and criminal law proceedings, and the relationship between federal and state laws as they intersect within family, criminal, civil, and commercial law contexts. Correspondingly, Oliver has broad experience in all matters involving the interpretation and application of the following legislation:

  • Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
  • Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)
  • Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)
  • Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic)
  • Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) and Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010

Oliver has acted extensively for private individuals and corporations at intermediate, trial, and appellate levels, and most recently appeared before the Inquiry under the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW) on behalf of a senior executive employee of Crown Resorts Limited.