Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Samantha Marks QC as a judge of the County Court.

Ms Marks was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1989 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010 and Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

She has extensive experience in commercial law including in the areas of banking and finance, contracts, corporations law, equity, insolvency, insurance, trade practices, securities and managed investment schemes.

Ms Marks has also acted in a range of intellectual property, discrimination, employment, family law and probate matters, as well as in class actions, including the Murrindindi Bushfire class action.

Her considerable knowledge of all stages of proceedings including interlocutory, trials and appeals will be of significant benefit to the Court’s commercial division, as will her proficiency in understanding complex pleadings and settlement negotiations.

Ms Marks has been an accredited mediator for more than 20 years and is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the Victorian Bar Council.

She was also the Women Barristers’ Association convenor between 2003 and 2005 and is a current member of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee for Berry Street – Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation that helps families recover from the devastating effects of violence, abuse and neglect.

Ms Marks conducts regular legal presentations for Victorian legal and community groups and has also presented internationally in the United Kingdom and Canada, and has taught advocacy in Uganda.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“I congratulate Ms Marks on her appointment and look forward to the contribution she will make to the County Court, particularly in its commercial division.”

“Ms Marks brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and will be an asset for the County Court of Victoria.”

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