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 six silks (David Shavin QC, Bruce Caine QC (who read with Dr Emmerson), Colin Golvan AM QC, Edward Heerey QC, Tom Cordiner QC and Peter Wallis QC) and 12 junior counsel, including a number of very senior juniors and more junior barristers (Warwick Rothnie, Justin Wheelahan, Stephen Rebikoff, Melissa Marcus, Peter Creighton-Selvay, Andrew Sykes, Clare Cunliffe, Campbell Thompson, Marcus Fleming, Natalie Hickey, Lucy Davis, Ryan Maguire and Andrew McRobert). 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.