Emmerson Chambers is named after the late Dr John Emmerson QC, who studied law at Melbourne University, after having published and taught on nuclear and particle physics at the University of Oxford. Dr Emmerson practised from 1976 to 2014, and as a senior counsel from 1985 to 2014. He was an acknowledged leader in the field in Australia, particularly in the fields of patents and copyright.
The group has seven silks (David Shavin KC, Bruce Caine KC (who read with Dr Emmerson), Colin Golvan AM KC, Edward Heerey KC, Tom Cordiner KC, Peter Wallis KC and Ben Gardiner KC) and 14 junior counsel, including a number of very senior juniors and more junior barristers (Warwick Rothnie, Justin Wheelahan, Stephen Rebikoff, Melissa Marcus, Kate Beattie, Peter Creighton-Selvay, Andrew Sykes, Clare Cunliffe, Marcus Fleming, Natalie Hickey, Lucy Davis, Ryan Maguire, Andrew McRobert and Amy Surkis). Her Honour Justice Rofe of the Federal Court was a founding member of Emmerson Chambers before her appointment.
Emmerson Chambers is committed to collegiality, inclusivity and diversity. It is a centre of excellence for intellectual property in Victoria.