Sarah Keating

  • Barrister - victorian bar
  • William Crockett Chambers, Room 0607, 530 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • BAR ROLL: 2008 | ADMITTED: 2007
  • +61 3 9225 8597 | 0422 725 443
Sarah Keating Barrister

Sarah's practice involves regulatory and criminal law matters, including matters under the Crimes Act, Corporations Act, ASIC Act and Occupational Health & Safety Act.  

She has experience in matters involving allegations of: fraud, foreign bribery, contraventions of Directors' duties, market manipulation, market rigging, conspiracy, murder, terrorism, workplace safety breaches, assault and sexual offending.  

Sarah is particularly interested in the interaction between criminal law and corporate governance and regulatory contraventions.  She provides advice in ASIC matters, including strategies for compulsory interviews under s19 Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Banning Order hearings under s920A Corporations Act 2001. She has been briefed in relation to ASIC's investigation into Bank Bill Swap Rate practices.  

Sarah has provided advice to Government Departments, Statutory Authorities and in relation to Commissions of Inquiry and Parliamentary Inquiries.

Sarah appears in all jurisdictions including the County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

In 2016 Sarah appeared on behalf of a former Secretary of the Department of Education (DET) in relation to the IBAC's investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct, having appeared as junior counsel for the DET in IBAC's investigations in 2015.  In 2014 Sarah was briefed as junior counsel assisting IBAC in its first public hearings into allegations of corrupt conduct at Public Transport Victoria.

In 2011 Sarah was one of 12 barristers selected from members of the Criminal Bar to participate in the inaugural Trial Counsel Development Program, an initiative of Victoria Legal Aid.

Sarah is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List and has been granted an Indictable Crime Certificate.

Sarah is an accredited advocacy coach and teaches advocacy to members of the profession and at the Victorian Bar Readers Course. She has also taught advocacy on a number of occasions at the Legal Training Institute, Papua New Guinea, at a program facilitated by the Victorian Bar and the Australian Government. 

Prior to signing the Bar Roll Sarah was Associate to the Honourable Justice Curtain in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Some of the more signficant cases Sarah has appeared in include:

  • DPP V Daing [2016] VSCA 58 (Crown appeal against sentence for murder)
  • DPP v Daing [2015] VSC 440 (Murder)
  • Lydgate (A Pseudonym) v R (2014) 46 VR 78 (Case stated - interpretation of 'care supervision or authority' under ss48 and 49 Crimes Act 1958)
  • DPP v FJL (2014) 41 VR 572 (Interlocutory appeal against grant of permanent stay)
  • Dragojlovic v DPP (2013) 40 VR 71 (Appeal - whether length of trial and presentation of evidence created a real risk that the jury failed to give a verdict according to the evidence)
  • DPP v FM (2013) 233 A Crim R 83 (Interlocutory appeal - interpretation of ‘online offences’ in the Criminal Code)
  • DPP v Justin Hill [2012] VSC 353 (Murder)
  • DPP v Hutton [2011] VSC 484 (Manslaughter)
  • DPP v Benbrika (Ruling No 3) (2011) 216 A Crim R 96 (Terrorism - permanent stay of trial)

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