Madeline Clarke holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from La Trobe University and obtained a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. Madeline is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Madeline is particularly interested in drug use and mental health and their intersection with criminal law. She wrote her Honours thesis on Drug Induced Psychosis and Criminal Responsibility and before joining Go To Court Lawyers, was doing research into methamphetamine use with Monash University and the Burnet Institute.
Madeline has a keen interest in family law and has a passion for advocating for clients, providing them practical support and facilitating timely and cost-effective outcomes.
Madeline also enjoys the challenges of civil law including succession matters (wills and estates) and litigation.
In her spare time, Madeline enjoys Italian food, mindfulness meditation and spending time with family and friends.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Victorian Law Society
Success Stories and Publications
Our solicitor Ms Madeline Clarke represented a 37-year-old male charged with handling stolen goods at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court .
The client had for some time been selling Australian-made baby formula to overseas consumers and would purchase this on his buyers’ behalf as ordered. The client was approached by a man who claimed to have purchased the wrong type of baby formula, and having lost the receipt, was unable to return it. The client agreed to buy the tins of formula at slightly below retail price. The man continued to visit the client with further tins until the client became aware that the products may have been stolen. However due to a language barrier and other factors, the client failed to make any further inquiries.
Our representation resulted in an adjourned undertaking with the conditions that our client must be of a good behaviour for the period of one year. No conviction was recorded.
That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly, paying careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and collecting material to demonstrate that he was otherwise of good character. We also made submissions to the Court that the offending occurred over a short period, the client gained only a slight financial benefit and that he was fully cooperative with police and was entering a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Ms Clarke who will ensure every matter is thoroughly prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in the client’s favour.