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Madeleine Bridgett trained as a barrister in London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011. She was called to the NSW Bar and joined 6 St James' Hall Chambers in September 2016.

Madeleine is reading with 6 St James' Hall's Michael Seck, as well as Sophie Callan (12 Wentworth Chambers) and James Trevallion (Sir Owen Dixon Chambers).

Download Curriculum Vitae (November 2016)


Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (City Law School, University of London, UK)

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) (University of Brighton, UK)

Master of Social Work (Distinction) (UNSW)

Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW)

Mediation Award (Qualified Mediator)


Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholarship, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, 2011

Hardwick Scholarship, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, 2011

"Head of School Prize" For Best Second Year Postgraduate Law Student (highest marks), University of Brighton, 2010

"Oxford University Press Prize" for Best First Year Postgraduate Law Student (highest marks), University of Brighton, 2009

In 2010 she was selected by The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn to debate at the English Speaking Union National Competition and the Cambridge IV International Debating Competition.

Areas of Practice

Administrative Law

Human Rights 

International Law

Employment Law

Hague Convention

Inquests, Royal Commission and Tribunals

Corporations Law

Commercial Law

Corporate Criminal Law

Defamation and Media Law

Family Provision

Children’s Care and Protection

Current Appointments

Advisory Board Member, The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network


Co-author of Journal of Medical Ethics paper "Smoke and mirrors: unanswered questions and misleading statements obscure the truth about organ sources in China" (May 2016).


Madeleine is a strong advocate for human rights, equality and justice and undertakes regular pro bono for various organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. She comes to law as a second career and brings with her significant experience having worked in the health and social care sectors for many years.

After her admission to the Bar of England and Wales, Madeleine spent a year working for the Niger Delta Child Rights Watch Project in Nigeria, West Africa, for the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, where she fearlessly advocated for the rights of children whilst actively promoting the rule of law.

Madeleine then travelled to Strasbourg and worked at the European Court of Human Rights where she was responsible for preparing draft reports and decisions on cases brought before the Court regarding admissibility.