Morgan McLay Barrister

Morgan McLay


Aickin Chambers

Room 3301

200 Queen Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Morgan's practice is focused on Common Law, Public law and regulatory/white collar crime including OHS. He is particularly focussed on where there is a substantial cross over in practice areas with Crime. For instance, he is regularly briefed in Inquiries, Inquests and investigations that require the forensic analysis particularly benefitted by experience in the criminal jurisdiction. He has recently appeared in the following matters:


Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System: ( junior counsel to Claire Harris QC and with ors);


Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (junior counsel to Claire Harris QC and with ors);


Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (junior Counsel to Claire Harris QC and with ors).


Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (junior counsel to Brendan Murphy QC and with Kyle McDonald).


He has also regularly appeared in Public Interest immunity matters and suppression order matters.  


Morgan regularly acts for and against government departments in common law proceedings, inquests, administrative law and regulatory prosecutions.


He regularly appears in inquests. He has appeared for individuals, government departments, medical practitioners, police, health services and other interested parties (including families) and assisted the coroner. 

A selection of Inquests of interest in which he has appeared include:


The Thunderstorm Cluster Deaths Inquest;


Inquest into the death of S. Sofianopoulos – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - (junior to Stephen O’Meara QC);


A number of deaths in custody;


Inquest into the death of M Halwala, Bleomycin lung toxicity as a result of chemotherapy.


His experience, in investigations, emergency management and fraud place him in a unique position to be able to advise parties seeking to recover compensation or take action against individuals for intentional torts and also advice regulators and governing bodies.


Psychiatry and the law – Morgan has significant experience in appearing in matters involving psychiatry and mental health. He has:

  • Appeared in numerous of Crimes Mental Impairment reviews in the County and Supreme Courts – often calling evidence from forensic psychiatrists;
  • Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental health System;
  • Advised government Departments and agencies;
  • Successfully acted for a number of first responders seeking compensation for psychological injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following exposure to critical incidents;
  • Appeared in a number of deaths in custody – particularly in relation to suicide ratings.


He has also been involved or advised parties in relation to a number of high profile matters relating to sports law and gambling.


Morgan has an LLM from the Australian National University. In which he focused on Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law and Commercial Drafting. The research component focused on the deficiencies of industry based Ombudsmen such as the FICS and IOS (now FOS).


Morgan is also able to assist in matters involving regulation, licensing bodies and disciplinary proceedings. He has a particular interest and experience in medico legal work. He has both defended and prosecuted doctors (and other allied health workers) as well as acted for them in disciplinary proceedings and other related matters.


Morgan has a strong interest in the Arts, he is currently a Director on the Board of an Arts organisation and he has acted and advised a number of artists and Arts organisations in relation to a variety of legal issues. 


He is currently acting on behalf of a number of media organisations and journalists in relation to defending criminal charges in the Supreme Court of Victoria, of sub judice breach of suppression order in relation to the George Pell criminal trial:


The Queen v The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd and Ors (junior to Dr Matthew Collins AM QC).


Morgan is happy to discuss with solicitors personally how he can assist in a number of common law and quasi criminal mattes or contact can be made with one of the Greens List clerks who are well aware of Morgan's experience and capacity. 

To get in touch with Morgan McLay | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or

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