Ms Suzanne A Kirton

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Suzanne is a successful and experienced litigation barrister, skilled in public speaking and advocacy, mediation and negotiation. Her strengths include being able to quickly identify, and then not lose sight of, the crucial issues in a dispute, bearing in mind all of the practical, commercial, emotional and legal points of view.

Suzanne practices in the area of commercial litigation, especially in building and construction law.  Since coming to the bar she has appeared regularly for owners, builders, architects, engineers and indemnity and warranty insurers, in domestic and commercial construction cases at VCAT, in the courts, and in commercial arbitrations. She also appears before the Building Appeals Board and the Building Practitioners’ Board. Prior to coming to the Bar she was Company Solicitor of the Housing Guarantee Fund for 5 years. 

She is also experienced in VCAT’s other jurisdictions, such as owners corporation and fair trading. A copy of her CV listing many of her notable cases can be obtained by emailing Suzanne

She works in both the private and public sector, with a sound knowledge of administrative law, governmental regulations and consumer protection aims. She is also in demand as a speaker and educator of other lawyers. In her spare time she has become involved in a number of not-for-profit boards and heads up various professional and social committees.

Suzanne is a nationally accredited mediator and has participated in over 400 mediations.

Professional Memberships:
Secretary - Commercial Bar Association, Construction Law Section 
Committee member - Building Dispute Practitioners' Society 
Member of VCAT's Building & Property List Users' Group;
Director - Australian Women Lawyers;
Past Convenor - the Women Barristers' Association
Past member of the Student Education Committee
Past member of the ADR Committee 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    03 March 1993
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    23 November 2000
  • Qualifications
    BA, LLB (Monash)

Areas of Speciality

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Building & Construction
  • Insurance & Professional Negligence

Areas of Mediation

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Building & Construction
  • Insurance & Professional Negligence