Barrister, PG Hely Chambers
Louise Clegg is a member of the United States Studies Centre's Board of Directors.
A barrister specialising in public law and employment law, Louise has appeared in most New South Wales and Federal Courts and tribunals, including administrative, industrial and anti-discrimination tribunals. Louise has also appeared in criminal trials and appeals.
Louise has particular experience in the federal jurisdiction and appellate advocacy. She has conducted over one hundred Federal Court appeals, many of them appeals from the Federal Circuit Court. She has also appeared in a number of appeals before the Full Federal Court, both led and un-led. Louise has also appeared as junior counsel in the New South Wales Court of Appeal and in the High Court in public law matters with leading public law silks. She has appeared in hundreds of judicial review cases in the Federal Circuit Court.
Throughout her career Louise has taken an interest in writing and presenting. She has published articles in Bar News, co-authored a text on Evidence (Anderson, Williams and Clegg, The New Law of Evidence: A Commentary and Annotation to the Uniform Evidence Acts, 2nd ed, Lexis Nexis, 2009) and twice presented at the renowned annual Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law Conference (on the Workchoices case in 2006 and on the Cunneen case in 2015). She has published in the Public Law Review (‘Can there be a New Era of Industrial Relations? A historical and constitutional analysis of the move towards a national industrial relations regime’ (2006) 17 Public Law Review 97).
Louise takes a strong interest in democratic institutions and government. Since 2010 Louise has authored a number opinion pieces on matters relating mostly to democracy, freedoms and politics in The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Spectator magazine.