Louise Clegg


(02) 9236 8600




Louise Clegg was called to the NSW Bar in 2001.  Louise Clegg is a former Member of 6 St James' Hall and is now a door tenant with chambers. For the last few years Louise has been based in Goulburn and teaches public law subjects including Commonwealth Constitutional and Public Law at the Australian National University in Canberra. 

A barrister specialising in public law and workplace relations, Louise Clegg has appeared in most New South Wales and Federal Courts and tribunals, including administrative, industrial and anti-discrimination tribunals.

Louise's CV is available here.


Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)

Areas of Practice

Public Law

Workplace Relations

Inquiries & Tribunals

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.

In the public law aspect of her practice Louise has appeared mostly for government interests, although she has also acted for individual and corporate interests. In workplace relations Louise appeared most often for employer interests but also appeared for individuals.

Louise has also provided advice to private and government interests in a range of matters relating to judicial review, appeals, corporate crime, industrial relations and professional conduct. She has experience in conducting private workplace inquiries and resolving workplace relations and discrimination disputes.

Throughout her career Louise has taken on pro bono matters in the fields of workplace relations, discrimination and migration.


Louise commenced her legal career at Clayton Utz, where she worked in the commercial litigation and superannuation teams then settled long term into the workplace relations team. Louise practised as a solicitor for seven years in the Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne offices (1994-2000).

At Clayton Utz Louise provided advice and appeared in courts principally for employer interests. Louise acted for clients in employment disputes, anti-discrimination matters, contract negotiations, general employment litigation and major industrial disputes. She regularly appeared in courts and industrial tribunals as a solicitor advocate. At Clayton Utz Louise contributed disproportionately to the firm’s pro-bono practice. 

Louise has taught Evidence and Litigation at UNSW Law School and is the author of several articles, opinion pieces and papers concerning public law and employment law. 


Co-author with Anderson & Williams, The New Evidence Law: A Commentary and Annotation to the Uniform Evidence Act, Lexis Nexis (2nd Ed. 2009)