I am an Australian barrister with a diverse range of specialities, and appear regularly in State and Federal Courts at the trial and appellate levels.

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About Me

I have a wide practice, covering administrative law, criminal law and family law as well as general commercial matters.

I appear on applications, at trial and on appeal in the State courts (Magistrates Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal) and regularly appear in the Federal courts: Federal Court, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) and (Division 2). I also appear at tribunals, principally the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Although my chambers are in Brisbane, Australia, I am happy to travel within Queensland and interstate.

Before coming to the Bar I had a diverse career as a systems psychologist, including a period as a specialist officer in the Australian Army, with overseas operational experience.

As well as holding a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the Queensland University of Technology, I also have a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland.

I regularly volunteer at LawRight's Enforcement Hearing Duty Service. I also accept pro bono briefs from Women’s Legal Service, which is an excellent organisation that does great work for people who need, but cannot afford, legal assistance and who do not meet Legal Aid’s criteria.

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Contact Me

Robert Lake

+61 (0)7 3211 2765

+61 401 174 340


Quay 11 Chambers

Level 11, Quay Central

95 North Quay



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How to Brief Me

I accept briefs for advices, sentencing, appearance at interlocutory matters, and appearance at trials and hearings up to 2 days' duration. For availability, contact chambers secretaries on +61 (0)7 3236 1958

Although my chambers are in Brisbane, Australia, I am happy to travel within Queensland and interstate.

My fees are competitive in the market and I am happy to discuss a ‘fee on brief’ as a value proposition for your client.

I do not accept direct briefs from the general public, and only take instructions from solicitors and inhouse lawyers. Your solicitor or other professional adviser (e.g., accountant) can help you decide whether you need a barrister and if so who would be a good fit for you.

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My Cases

The following is a selection of my published cases in the areas of administrative law, criminal law, and family law.

Administrative Law

Criminal law

Family Law

Many matters do not proceed to judgment.

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