MURPHY QC, Brendan

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MURPHY QC, Brendan

Areas of Practice

Brendan is available to appear in all jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Australia.

Brendan’s areas of practice include: 

  • ASIC Prosecutions
  • Directors’ Liabilities
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Doping / Drugs in Sport
  • Racing Appeals
  • Confiscation of Assets
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Corruption
  • Environmental
  • Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle – drink driving, culpable driving, drug driving, speeding.
  • Weapons & Firearms
  • Occupational health & safety
  • Inquests, Inquiries Tribunals and Commissions
  • Disciplinary Tribunals


Brendan Murphy QC has been a leading advocate at the Victorian Bar for in excess of 40 years. 

In 2012, Brendan was appointed as the inaugural Principal Public Interest Monitor (PPIM) for the State of Victoria.As the PPIM he has appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Magistrates’ Court in respect of applications for coercive warrants made by investigative bodies pursuant to the Public Interest Monitor Act 2011 (Vic).

  • Brendan has expertise in the following areas:
  • pleas in the Supreme Court;
  • County Court appeals and pleas;
  • contested criminal cases, committals and pleas in the Magistrates’ Court for individual and corporate defendants;
  • occupational health and safety matters; and
  • inquests, Inquiries Tribunals and Commissions.

Brendan has a detailed knowledge of police investigation methodology, prosecution process and procedures and is well placed to advise on developing strategic pathways to provide those facing investigation and prosecution the best possible protection.

Brendan has been sought after as a lecturer at the Bar Readers’ Course since inception, the Victorian Police Prosecutors’ Court and the Victorian Police Detective training course.Brendan has also been invited on numerous occasions speak at the Law Institute of Victoria and the Leo Cussen Institute on various topics.

Committee Memberships

  • Past member of the Victorian Bar Council, Counsel Committee; Ethics Committee; and Clerking Committee.
  • Chairman of the Victorian Firearms Consultative Committee

From 5 July 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation




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