Areas of Practice
Marissa has a broad administrative law practice and accepts briefs in criminal law.
Her practice has a particular focus in planning and environment law and she has an interest in disciplinary matters and coronial inquests.
At the Bar, Marissa has been briefed to appear and advise in a broad range of matters in the following areas:
Administrative law including:
Planning and environment and property including:
Criminal law including:
Immediately before joining the Bar, Marissa was the Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Emerton in the Supreme Court of Victoria, during which time her Honour was both the judge in charge of the Valuation, Compensation and Planning List and a Judge of the Criminal Division. As an associate, Marissa worked on complex criminal matters, appeals from the Planning and Environment List at VCAT and common law disputes in the area of land valuation and compulsory acquisition.
Prior to her associateship, Marissa worked as a solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. During her time there, she represented Victorian state government departments and agencies in a broad range of merits and judicial review proceedings regarding licence applications, liquor licensing, victims of crime compensation and freedom of information laws. Marissa has a broad range of experience conducting professional disciplinary proceedings on behalf of Australia’s medical practitioner boards, and regulatory prosecutions in Victoria’s lower courts. She also regularly provided advice to her clients on issues of statutory interpretation and the lawful exercise of their powers.
Marissa holds a Masters of Law from New York University as well as Bachelor of Arts and Law (with Honours) from the University of NSW. She read with Rachel Ellyard and her Senior Mentor was Peter Hanks QC.
From 6th May 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.
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