Elizabeth Needham


D   08 9220 0489
0413 597 050
E   eneedham@francisburt.com.au
PA Diana Barrett
PA T 08 9220 0489

Year of election to the Bar:
2007

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Areas of practice

Civil

Commercial
Appeals
Competition
Confiscations (proceeds of crime)
Consumer protection law
Professional liability
Restraint of trade

Industrial and employment
Discrimination
Employment contracts and restraint of trade


Criminal

State offences
Crimes against the person
Drugs
Financial crime
Fraud
Juvenile justice
Money laundering  
Sexual assault
White collar and corporate crime

Commissions and other inquiries  
Crime and corruption commission  
Australian crime authority

Commonwealth offences
Crimes against the person  
Drugs
Extradition
Financial crime
Fraud
Juvenile justice
Money laundering  
Trafficking
White collar and corporate crime

Coronial inquests

White collar and corporate crime
Confiscations (proceeds of crime)
 

Family

Adoption and surrogacy
Child protection
Child support

Family & de facto
Property, spousal-maintenance & financial
Child-related proceedings
Financial agreements
Child support
Arbitration
Collaborative

International family law
Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
Restraining orders


Public

Public and administrative
Civil and human rights
Confiscations (proceeds of crime)
Disciplinary proceedings
Discrimination
Extradition
Immigration law
Judicial review and administrative law
Merits review
Privacy/freedom of information  
Proceeds of crime


Succession

Family planning
Care and protection
Family and de facto
Parenting orders

 

Profile

Elizabeth Needham has worked in diverse areas of practice during a career spanning more than 20 years.

Prior to joining the Independent Bar in 2007, Elizabeth was Principal Legal Officer with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, where she acted as counsel in complex commercial and international criminal matters.

Before that, she was the Director of Legal and Prosecution Services with the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection. There, she appeared in civil litigation for the Minister, in consumer protection, disciplinary matters and appeals.

Elizabeth has also lectured at Edith Cowan University, teaching crime, family, administrative and evidence law and has worked in a crisis centre in human rights, industrial relations and administrative law.

In her practice, Elizabeth draws upon skills gained across these diverse contexts, including in-depth analysis of issues and available evidence, strong advocacy and empathy. Having appeared as counsel at both ends of the bar table (prosecutor and defence counsel, plaintiff and respondent), Elizabeth considers each matter from all perspectives.

 

Qualifications

Date of admission: 1993 (SA & HCA); 1995 (WA)

Qualifications: BA (Jur); LLB; GDLP; LLM

 

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