Paul. J. Avery

  • Studied at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 1999.
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 1999.
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria 2000.
  • Admitted to and signed the Practitioners Roll of the High Court of Australia 2003.


  • Commenced at Gallagher Holcroft Lawyers in 2000 as solicitor.
  • Worked in general practice since 2000.
  • Initially with an advocacy focus appearing frequently in criminal matters in the Victorian Magistrates and County Courts and New South Wales Local Court including committal hearings, defended hearings and trials.
  • Acted frequently as the child representative in child protection matters before the Victorian Children’s Court where the interests of the child are paramount.
  • Advised and appeared in numerous wide ranging civil litigation matters ranging from debt collection, intervention orders, motor vehicle collisions, property disputes, defamation, intellectual property disputes.
  • Partner Holcroft Avery Lawyers 2008 to 2012.
  • Consultant Hilton-Wood Solicitors 2013 to 2015.
  • Founded Avery Legal March 2015.


  • Law Institute of Victoria member 2000 – to present.
  • North West Law Association Secretary 2011.
  • Committee member of Human Research and Ethics Committee – Mildura Base Hospital 2009 to present.
  • Committee member of Mallee Domestic Violence Services 2015 – Present.
  • 2002 Assisted the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in its submission to the Commonwealth Grants Commission for further funding regarding videolink facilities for Regional Courts.
  • 2010 Guest Speaker to the Victoria Law Foundation for Regional Law Talks program.


  • Melbourne Football Club
  • Mildura Golf Club
  • Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia
  • Mildura Football Club 2000 – 2008

Administrative Law

Dealing with local government, statutory authorities and public organisations.

We know that the exercise of discretion is not absolute and how a decision is made can be equally as important as the decision itself.

  • Liquor Licensing – applications and variations;
  • Defence in prosecutions by authorities;
  • Represent you in disputes and dispute resolution;
  • Represent you in tribunal or administrative hearings;

Criminal Law

  • Police interviews;
  • Your rights at the Police investigation stage;
  • What to do when arrested;
  • Bail applications;
  • Defending charges;
  • Pleas of guilty;

I do not act in legal aid funded matters.


I deal with:

  • Business structures;
  • Shareholder agreements;
  • Unit trusts and unit holder agreements;
  • Partnership agreements;
  • Buying and selling a business;
  • Franchises;
  • Licensing agreements;
  • Manufacturing and production agreements;
  • Compliance issues with regulatory authorities;
  • Work safe issues and prosecutions;
  • Pursuing debtors;
  • Insolvency;
  • Liquor licensing;

Civil Litigation

  • Contractual disputes;
  • Debt recovery;
  • Commercial and business law;
  • Trust disputes;
  • Partnership disputes;
  • Share holder disputes:
  • Building disputes;
  • Leases and Licensing;
  • Neighbour disputes;
  • Consumer law and Trade Practices disputes;
  • Estate disputes.