Elizabeth McKinnon - Defence Lawyer

About Elizabeth McKinnon

Elizabeth McKinnon B.A. LL.B (Melb.)

Elizabeth McKinnon is a highly experienced Victorian barrister. She is a defence lawyer specialising in criminal defence law, and is known to be a tough advocate for her clients.  She always fights to achieve the best results through her legal representation.

Elizabeth works mainly in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, County Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria, and the Court of Appeal.  She also appears in other Australian jurisdictions, and has appeared in the High Court of Australia.

Elizabeth is a criminal law specialist, and has broad experience in civil litigation.

Contact Elizabeth McKinnon

If you or a family member has a legal problem, call Elizabeth on 0452 100 888.

One phone call when legal problems first emerge can make a big difference in the outcome of a case. Things are much easier and quicker to deal with if a good lawyer is involved early on.

If the police want to speak to you be confident to ask them why. You must provide your name and address if asked by police.  The police should give you an opportunity to contact a lawyer. Take that opportunity and contact Elizabeth McKinnon immediately.

Elizabeth McKinnon - Barrister

205 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

0452 100 888


Consultations by appointment.

How to contact Elizabeth McKinnon


Areas of Legal Practice

Sex Offences

These days it is easy to be charged with a sex offence.  Allegations and charges can arise out of a misunderstanding, bitter family divisions, ignorance of the law, or sheer dishonesty.  

If allegations are made, it is not uncommon for them to be exaggerated.  This can result in police charging an accused with more than what he or she has actually done.  

Accused people often feel that it is difficult to get a fair outcome, and that they have to prove their innocence, rather than being innocent until proven guilty.  Elizabeth McKinnon is one of Victoria's leading defenders of accused people in sex cases.

In criminal trials relating to sex offences, the consequences are serious.  The trials are technical and difficult, and the criminal justice system can be hostile toward an accused person.  Accused are often confronted by a well resourced prosecution so a committed and strong defence team is crucial.  Consequences of being found guilty of a sex offence are devastating, both personally and financially.  The sentences often involve imprisonment, and the jail terms can be long.  You can be placed on the Sex Offender Register, be prohibited from working with children, and have your travel and employment affected.

Other Criminal Offences

Whether you have been accused of or charged with murder, assault, drugs, fraud, theft, culpable driving or any other criminal offence, it is crucial that you receive the best advice and support early.  You need to defend yourself properly, to maximise your chance of getting the best outcome in the circumstances.  It is important to be prepared rather than reactive.

When you are under investigation, or charged with a crime, it can be very confronting.  You may have been used to seeing the police and justice system as your protector, and now they are a real threat to you.  Under this pressure, it can be difficult to think clearly.

If you are charged and held in custody, you will most likely want to apply for bail. It is vital to properly prepare for a bail application to have the best chance of getting bail.  Due to high profile cases involving people who were on bail, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get bail. It is vital to seek legal assistance quickly to have the best chance.

Elizabeth has worked on thousands of criminal cases, and has years of experience in criminal law.

She holds an Indictable Crime Certificate from the Victorian Bar.

Elizabeth McKinnon is a criminal law specialist.

Civil Law

Elizabeth McKinnon's practice is mainly in criminal law, but she often assists clients in civil (non-criminal) matters.  

Elizabeth has worked on hundreds of Intervention Order matters in Magistrates' Courts throughout the State of Victoria.

Elizabeth has helped clients to sue prison authorities and police where the person has been injured.  

She was worked on cases involving compensation for transport or workplace accidents, and compensation for public liability matters and assaults, including VOCAT.

She has successfully assisted in cases involving large lottery wins of syndicates.

Elizabeth is very experienced in confiscation matters involving the restraint and forfeiture of property, in criminal proceedings.

She has appeared in numerous Inquests in the Coroners Court of Victoria. 

Elizabeth has worked on Working with Children cases, and Sex Offender Register matters.

Elizabeth has appeared in the High Court of Australia. 

Other Information

What is the difference between a Lawyer, a Solicitor and a Barrister?

The term Lawyer describes anyone who is a certified legal practitioner.  Solicitors and Barristers are both types of Lawyer.


Solicitors are the lawyers that most people use for their legal needs.  This could be property conveyancing, drafting contracts or wills, debt collection, setting up a company, business or employment disputes, criminal matters etc.  Solicitors consult with clients, provide legal advice, and deal with paperwork involved with their clients' cases, such as writing documents, letters and contracts, and preparing some papers for court.  Some solicitors appear in court to represent their clients in criminal or civil matters.

For Magistrates' Court criminal matters, you can brief a barrister directly.  For more serious criminal matters, or for civil matters in court, you will need to use a solicitor as well.


Barristers are lawyers who specialise in litigation, in other words, a legal  "fight" between the state and a person (criminal law), or between private individuals or organisations (civil law).  A Barrister  provides highly specialised legal advice and represents you in court.

Barristers belong to a professional body called a "Bar", for example, the Victorian Bar.

Barristers are sole practitioners.  Unlike solicitors, they are not allowed to operate in a company.  This is because they must be personally responsible for their work.  They usually have an office in a building with other barristers, called "chambers".  Although a barrister works as an individual, there is a strong culture of support among barristers.  There is an unwritten code among barristers to support each other.  Barristers often call each other to seek advice on finer points of law and procedure.  This culture gives barristers access to an enormous body of expertise.

Almost all of the judges in Victoria were barristers before becoming judges.

Barristers are the lawyers who typically wear black gowns and sometimes wigs in court.  These ceremonial clothes are part of our legal traditions, and are meant to signify the seriousness and importance of the matter being dealt with.

Elizabeth McKinnon has been a barrister for over 10 years. If your matter needs a solicitor, Elizabeth can refer you to a solicitor that she knows will be suited to you.


The Victorian Bar

The first barristers admitted to practise in Victoria were appointed in 1841. The Victorian Bar has been the body representing barristers in Victoria since 1900.  Elizabeth McKinnon's profile at the Victorian Bar can be seen at https://www.vicbar.com.au/profile/7637