Current practice

Lisette practises in government and administrative law.  She primarily represents clients in judicial review proceedings and land acquisition and planning disputes in the Victorian Supreme Court and administrative tribunals.  Lisette also regularly advises government clients on questions of statutory interpretation and the exercise of statutory powers.


Lisette joined the VGSO in 2019.  Lisette's experience at VGSO notably includes:

  • acting for the Attorney General in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in proceedings where an acquisition of land was challenged for alleged lack of procedural fairness;
  • acting for the Minister for Planning in proceedings where decisions underpinning various state projects were challenged, specifically wind farm construction and the Western Highway Duplication Project; and
  • advising the Level Crossing Removal Project in numerous disputed claims arising from acquisitions for that project.

In 2018, Lisette was Associate to the Honourable Justice David O'Callaghan in the Federal Court of Australia, assisting in trials and appeals on matters ranging from general commercial law, migration law, corporations law and consumer law. Prior to this, Lisette practised at an international commercial law firm in the areas of general commercial litigation and superannuation and funds management. Her previous experience includes acting for corporate and statutory clients in large-scale litigation and advising on regulatory compliance and corporations law issues.

Lisette holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.