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Kyle Mc Donald

Barrister at Victorian Bar

6 years PQE
Melbourne, VIC, AU


Before coming to the Bar, Kyle worked for 10 years as a prosecutor for Victoria Police, appearing in the Magistrates' and Children's Courts.

He was an instructor at the Research & Training Unit of Victoria Police's prosecutions division, instructing in advocacy, evidence and legal research, and also worked briefly at the Legal Policy Unit. He co-edited and authored the 3rd edition of the Prosecutors Manual, and wrote many articles for internal update bulletins and court resources, and much of the content of the prosecutors intranet. Immediately before coming to the Bar Kyle performed a short-term placement with the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office.

Kyle appears regularly in all criminal courts, and is available for trial, appeal and advisory work in all criminal forums. He is a contributing author to the Springvale Legal Service's Lawyers Practice Manual and Thomson Reuters' Criminal Law, Investigation and Procedure Victoria, as well as an occasional instructor at the Leo Cussen Institute's Practical Training Course and Australian National University's Becoming a Practitioner intensive component of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Kyle is particularly interested in the effect of information technology and computer-forensics in litigation and criminal law. He blogs at about developments and practice in summary criminal law. He regularly presents at continuing professional development sessions on both substantive law, and the use of technology in legal practice — particularly about lawyers using iPads and other technology in their practice.

Like most barristers, Kyle usually accepts briefs from solicitors to appear for or advise their clients, but in some cases is able to accept briefs directly from clients.

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Practice Areas

    • Drink driving charges
    • Appeal a conviction or a sentence
    • Help appearing in court
    • Cyber crime
    • Serious (indictable) offences
    • Summary (Non indictable) offences
    • Police and security officers
    • Traffic infringements
    • Alcohol related offences
    • Theft and damage to property
    • Indecent or offensive behaviour
    • Challenging a fine in Court
    • Challenge or appeal a fine
    • Appeal a licence suspension
    • Get advice on pleading guilty to a driving offence
    • Defend a driving offence charge in court
    • Appeal the decision of a court




List W, 525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000, Australia

Virtual Practice

Practising Certificate

Admission to Practice, 2010