Victorian Attorney-General and Labor government have appointed its newest Supreme Court judge, Lisa Nichols QC.
Ms Nichols joins the role with “extensive senior legal experience”, including regulatory matters like competition and consumer law, commercial law and professional liability.
Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said of the appointment: “Lisa Nichols has more than two decades of experience in the legal profession and has been involved in complex matters throughout her career. She is well placed to serve on the Supreme Court.”
Ms Nichols has run “groundbreaking cases and conducted significant class actions”, the Labor government said. It added her foundational principles were developed while class action jurisprudence was in its early stages in Australia.
She has appeared before many multi-party actions and advised individuals and class members, regulators, governments and government agencies and listed companies.
Admitted to the practice in 1998, Ms Nichols went on to appear as senior counsel for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and also served as junior counsel assisting the Bushfires Royal Commission.
In June 2019, she was appointed senior counsel assisting the Victorian Mental Health Royal Commission and was appointed Queen’s counsel in 2017.
Ms Nichols replaces Justice Clyde Croft, who retired in October.
“I congratulate Justice Nichols on her appointment, and I know she will make a meaningful contribution to the Supreme Court,” Ms Hennessy said. “I want to extend my thanks to Justice Croft for his tireless work and dedicated service to the court.”