2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

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The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was established following the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in late January and February 2009. The fires caused the deaths of 173 Victorians, destroyed more than 2,029 homes and 3,500 structures and damaged thousands more.

Corrs were appointed the Solicitors Instructing Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

The Royal Commission's terms of reference were very broad, including investigation of the causes of the fires; analysis of what happened leading up to, during and after the fires and recommendations as to what should be done to ensure such a disaster would not occur again.

Corrs’ role in advising the Royal Commission, the first of its kind in Victoria in 10 years, was extensive. Corrs assisted the Commission over 18 months and 155 days of hearings involving 434 witnesses and two panels of expert witnesses. Corrs worked closely with the three Commissioners and six Counsel Assisting to advise in respect of the Commission’s extensive powers. Corrs was integral to the gathering and analysis of documentary and witness evidence, and assisted in drafting submissions and recommendations.