Greg Barns SC graduated BA LLB from Monash University in 1984. He was a member of the Victorian Bar where he practiced in criminal law from 1986-89 and has been a member of the Tasmanian Bar since 2003. He is also a member of the Victorian, Western Australian and New Zealand Bars. Greg was chief of staff and senior adviser to a number of federal and state Liberal Party leaders and ministers from 1989-99. He is also the former National Chair of the Australian Republican Movement and was National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance in 2011-12. He is chair of the Tasmanian Prisoners Legal Service. Greg is an adviser to the Australian Assange Campaign, he writes a weekly column in the Hobart Mercury and regularly writes on legal policy issues for Fairfax Media.  Greg is a Tasmanian Patron of the national Justice Reform Initiative. Greg is a lecturer in the LLB/JD programs at RMIT University.

Greg accepts pro bono briefs.

Republic Chambers
Level 2, 2a Gladstone Street
Battery Point, Tasmania 7004

Postal Address: Level 2, 2a Gladstone Street
Battery Point, Tasmania 7004

Douglas Menzies Chambers
180 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Higgins Chambers
239 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000

Albert Wolff Chambers
33 Barrack Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000

Admitted in: Victoria – 1986

Signed Bar Roll: March 1986 (Vic)

Also Admitted in: NSW 1988

Appointment as Senior Counsel: 2020

Also member of: Victorian Bar (Patterson’s List); Western Australian Bar

Field of Practice

  • Anti-Discrimination
  • Appellate
  • Criminal
  • Family Law/Child Safety/Guardianship
  • Human Rights/Migration
  • Public/Administrative Law