VAH

Victor
Harcourt

Principal

Victor is a recognised senior practitioner in administrative and disciplinary law, health and aged care, prosecutions, government law and alternative dispute resolution. Victor is Russell Kennedy's Government Relationship Principal and also oversees the firm's significant pro bono program. Victor has a Masters in Health and Medical Law and was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Melbourne Health and Aged Care Law "Lawyer of the Year" and was recognised in 2012 - 2018 for his expertise in Health and Aged Care Law. He was also recognised in 2014 - 2018 for his expertise in Government Practice and in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law in 2017 - 2018.

Experience

  • Acting for a number of Government Departments, agencies and instrumentalities including Victoria Police and the Department of Justice in matters relating to Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Coronial Investigations and Inquests, Prosecutions and judicial and merits review proceedings
  • Acting for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and Boards
  • Advising on statutory interpretation, review of Bills and analysis of amendments to legislation
  • Assisting the Department of Justice to prepare a whole of government response to the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Law Reform Committee about reform of the Coroner’s Act 1985 (Vic)
  • Acting for clients appearing before the Office of Police Integrity, the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and the State Ombudsman
  • Acting for many of the leading aged care providers in Australia and the peak bodies, assisting them in dealing with regulators including challenging accreditation and sanctions decisions and notifications
  • Providing advice on compliance, quality and complaints handling matters
  • Presenting professional seminars and training programs and author of a number of articles in leading journals 

Leadership

  • Practice Group Leader, Public Law, Litigation and Aged Care Team
  • Pro Bono Practice Leader
  • Government Relationship Principal
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Melbourne Health and Aged Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Recognised in 2012 - 2018 for expertise in Health and Aged Care Law and in 2017 - 2018 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 - 2016 for expertise in Government Practice
  • Mentor of the Year, LIV President's Award (2013)
  • Board Member, Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania (2004-2006)
  • Board Member, Dental Practice Board of Victoria (2004-2006)
  • BRW Client Choice Awards Best Provider (Firm) to the Government and Community Sector