Oliver Lesage

  • Barrister - victorian bar
  • Owen Dixon Chambers West, Room 0818, 525 Lonsdale StreetMelbourne VIC 3000
  • BAR ROLL: 2017 | ADMITTED: 2013
  • +61 3 9225 7222 | 0414 586 527
  • oliver.lesage@vicbar.com.au
Oliver Lesage Barrister


Oliver Lesage specialises in all areas of common law and personal injury, insurance, medical negligence and occupational health and safety. Oliver provides paperwork, advice and appearance work.


Prior to joining the Bar, Oliver practised as a Solicitor in the General Insurance and Workplace teams at Moray & Agnew Lawyers. As a Solicitor, Oliver was involved in a number of trials including Rakich v Bounce Australia Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 289.

Oliver holds a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University (H1). 

Oliver has been a Nationally Accredited Mediator since 2014. He accepts briefs to mediate in his areas of practice, and is on the Magistrates Court approved list of external mediators. 

Oliver read with Richard H Stanley and Peter Rozen S.C. His senior mentor is James Gorton QC.

Areas of practice

Oliver's areas of practice include: ​​​

  • Occupiers liability;
  • Public/product liability;
  • Serious injury applications;
  • TAC;
  • VWA s138/369 statutory recoveries;
  • WorkCover;
  • Workers common law claims;
  • Intentional torts;
  • Medical negligence;
  • Defamation;
  • Occupational health and safety investigations and prosecutions;
  • Employment disputes involving bullying, general protections and unfair dismissal.

Recent/current cases:

Public Liability 

Eric Mercer v Australian Electoral Commission & Hampton Park Primary School (County Court of Victoria, current) 

Hahn Tran v G4S Custodial Services Pty Ltd and State of Victoria (County Court of Victoria, current) (nervous shock)

Mariapia Mason v The City of Darebin & Anor (County Court of Victoria, current) 

Marlene O'Malley v Western Residential Aged Care Pty Ltd (County Court of Victoria, current) 

Maria Ljepojevic v State of Victoria and Correct Care Australasia Pty Ltd (County Court of Victoria, current) (nervous shock)

Mary Makris v Manningham City Council & Anor (County Court of Victoria, current) (occupiers liability)

Kenneth Noel Postle v Pacific National (Bulk Rail) Pty Ltd and Ors (County Court of Victoria, September 2018) 

Christopher Thomas v Marshall Hill & Ors (County Court of Victoria, June 2018) 

John Spena v Le Mans Grand Prix Circuits Pty Ltd (Supreme Court of Victoria, April 2018) (led by Tim Tobin SC) 

Lindie Nicholson v Hungry Jacks Pty Ltd (County Court of Victoria, November 2017) (led by John Richards QC) 

Serious Injury

Starecki v TAC (County Court of Victoria, March 2019) (led by Richard H Stanley)

Threadwell v Victorian WorkCover Authority [2019] VCC (9 February 2019) (led by Morry Nightingale)

Raczek v Innovative Retail Pty Ltd [2018] VCC 1875 (20 November 2018) (led by Andrew Ingram)

Eric Garth v Star Track Express (County Court of Victoria, May 2018) (led by Andrew Ingram)

Kelb v Department of Human Services [2018] VCC 964 (led by Richard H Stanley) 

Velkovski v Stables Services Pty Ltd [2018] VCC 217 (led by Richard H Stanley)

Workers Common Law

Gloria Florez and The Boston Consulting Group Pty Ltd (County Court of Victoria, current) (manual handling)

Rodney Harper and Westpac Banking Corporation (County Court of Victoria, February 2019) (bullying/stress claim)

Robert Ah Koui v Challenge Recruitment & Ors (County Court of Victoria, October 2018) (manual handling / occupiers liability)

Section 138/369

VWA v Australian Butter Factory Pty Ltd & Anor  (County Court of Victoria, current) (occupiers liability)

VWA v Sky Jade Corporation Pty Ltd & Anor (County Court of Victoria, current)

TAC Damages

John Kirk v TAC (County Court of Victoria, current)

Bruce Kelson v TAC (County Court of Victoria, November 2018) (jury trial, led by John Richards QC)

Susan Biasci v Peter McConachy (Unreported, Supreme Court of Victoria, August 2018) (jury trial, led by Jonathan Brett QC)

Intentional Torts

James Gilliland and Troy McErlain (County Court of Victoria, current)

JN v Wilson Security Pty Ltd (Supreme Court of Victoria, current)

Slater (a pseudonym) v Unilodge Australia Pty Ltd (Ruling) [2018] VCC 2072 (13 December 2018)

WorkCover/Statutory Benefits

Sophie Woodcock and TAC (VCAT, current) 

Martin Watts and MonJon Australia Pty Ltd (Magistrates’ Court, March 2019) 

Giuseppe Comito and Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd (Magistrates’ Court, March 2019)

Sharon Routsis and Inghams Group Limited (Vic) (Magistrates’ Court, Melbourne 2019) (stress claim)

Joann Ross v Guma Oceania Pty Ltd (Magistrates' Court, February 2019) (stress claim)

Fay Williams v David Jones Pty Ltd (Magistrates' Court, December 2018) (PIAWE)

Ivica Dimovski v Inghams Group Limited (VIC) (Magistrates' Court, November 2018)

Violeta Miteva v Inghams Group Limited (VIC) (Magistrates' Court, October 2018)

Victor Cachia v VM Loud (Aust) Pty Ltd (Magistrates’ Court, September 2018)

Terence Payne v Secure Melbourne Protective Services (Magistrates’ Court, July 2018) (workplace assault)

Emma de Wit v Eco Electrical Services Pty Ltd (Magistrates’ Court, June 2018) (dependency claim)

Richard Lorenc v Eltrax Pty Ltd (Magistrates’ Court, April 2018)

Melanie Gaitan v Salvation Army (Magistrates’ Court, April 2018) (workplace assault)

Occupational Health & Safety

VWA v Dat Ly (Magistrates' Court, January 2019) 

VWA v Riverview Concrete Formwork Pty Ltd (Magistrates' Court, January 2019) 


Nick Stephenson v YMCA Victoria & Anor (Australian Human Rights Commission, April 2018)

George Parthimos v Connexion Media Ltd (Federal Circuit Court, February 2018)

Carmichael Fisher (Vic) Pty Ltd v Matthew Beresford (Magistrates’ Court, January 2018)

Aparo Salvatore v Rosario Sanfedele (Magistrates’ Court, November 2017)

Oscar Lobo v Glen Eira City Council (VCAT, October 2017)

Medical Negligence

Gayle Saxton and Western Health (Supreme Court of Victoria, March 2019)


Batulzii Cleveland and Shiningpath Pty Ltd v Amanda Coates (County Court of Victoria, March 2018)

Commercial & Insurance 

Gurjinder Singh v George Dimitirou (Magistrates' Court, September 2018)

Sachin Bhatia v Adbul Rehman Dawood (Magistrates' Court, September 2018)

Melbourne Car Hire Pty Ltd v Bessema Kassar & Anor (Magistrates' Court, September 2018)

Yamin Dong v Jose Bezerra (Magistrates' Court, August 2018)

Lisa Gulley v Susan Clark-Pearman (Magistrates' Court, April 2018)

Eunice Yap v SPSFTG PTY LTD (Magistrates' Court, February 2018)

Andrew Peter Goland & Anor v Leeby Pty Ltd t/a Slocum Floor Coverings (Magistrates' Court, February 2018)

Mark Chrisfield v Karen Cridland (Magistrates' Court, February 2018)

Christopher Mason v Belinda Edwards (Magistrates' Court, February 2018)

Raymond Taylor v Sonya Breen (Magistrates' Court, January 2018)

James Galea v Sajeewa Ginige (Magistrates' Court, January 2018)

Melbourne City Council v Urban Matrix Pty Ltd & Anor (Magistrates' Court, January 2018)

Christopher Graham and Krishna Vithilingem (Magistrates' Court, December 2017)

Amit Thakur v Robert Garnsworthy (Magistrates' Court, November 2017)

National Tiles Co. Pty Ltd v Paskal Tile & Stone Pty Ltd (Magistrates' Court, November 2017)

Blue Cube Developments Pty Ltd v Outdoor Kitchens Group Pty Ltd (Magistrates' Court, November 2017)

Lynette Clarke v R.J Jayaranjan (Magistrates' Court, November 2017)


Common Law Review 2018

Summary Table - Pain & Suffering Awards 2013-2017

Article: Pain & Suffering Damages Update - March 2018

Bullying / Harassment & Psychiatric injury claims - 2017 year in review

What constitutes a business record? - Charan v Nationwide News Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 3


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