Full Name: Emma Strugnell
Mobile: 0432590390
Date of Admission: 19 Feb 2014
Called to the Bar: 25 Oct 2018
Qualifications: LLM Juris Doctor - Monash University, BSc/BA (First Class Honours) - University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy (History) - University of Melbourne
Previous Occupation: Solicitor Advocate


Emma has extensive experience as an advocate in summary and indictable crime. She practices in all areas of criminal law and appears in all jurisdictions. Emma read with Megan Tittensor and her Senior Mentor was Peter Morrissey SC.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Emma worked as a Senior Criminal Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. She has worked at the Broadmeadows, Dandenong and Ringwood offices, as well as appearing in indictable matters at Magistrates' and County Courts. Prior to joining Victoria Legal Aid, Emma volunteered at James Dowsley and Associates, Victoria Legal Aid, and the Peninsula Community Legal Centre.

Emma regularly appears in the County Court for indictable bail applications, plea hearings, appeals against conviction, and appeals against conviction and sentence.

Emma has also appeared unlead in two matters heard at the Court of Appeal.

Emma holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and is Junior Counsel in VLA's Trial Counsel Development Program (2020/2021).

Emma also holds undergraduate degrees in Arts (First Class Hons) and Science, where she majored in History, Classics and Pharmacology. In addition, she holds a Doctorate in History.


Mobile: 0432590390

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • Fraud
  • Intervention Orders
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle
  • Victims of Crime

Family Law

  • Care & Protection

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
From 26 Oct 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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