Penelope Giles

D   08 9220 0444
M   0419 927 245
PA Diana Barrett
PA T 08 9220 0489

Year of election to the Bar:

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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
Arbitrators and mediators

Industrial and employment


Coronial inquests


Adoption and surrogacy

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

Mediation and alternative dispute resolution


Public and administrative
Civil and human rights


Family planning
Parenting orders



Penelope Giles is an experienced trial lawyer, having worked as an advocate for 11 years in private practice, and practised at the Independent Bar since 1998.

She has appeared as counsel in most major courts and tribunals, conducting complex and lengthy litigation, both as a solicitor and as a barrister, at first instance and in appeals. She is equally comfortable in common law courts and administrative tribunals and boards.
Penelope has acted as counsel in major anti-discrimination cases, including several high-profile harassment cases, a ground-breaking sex discrimination class action and, more recently, cases involving disability discrimination in education.

In the family law area, she has acted in first instance decisions and appeals concerning parental alienation, surrogacy and property division involving large trusts and farming properties. She has also written and presented many papers at family law meetings, most recently in the field of evidence and parental alienation.

Penelope has been a Commissioner of the District Court, President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal, and a legal member of the Medical Board. She is active in professional and community affairs, and mentors junior practitioners. She has also tutored in Evidence at the University of Western Australia’s Law School.

She remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct and continued professional development.


Date of admission: 1987

Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons) ANU 1986, AIFLM mediator - 2016


Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation