Solicitor
JD, Grad Cert Intl Dev, BA

Current practice

Louise practices in government and public law providing advice and litigation services to a variety of clients, particularly in human rights, discrimination and administrative law matters.

Louise regularly prepares Statements of Compatibility in relation to complex legislation and advises the Attorney-General on litigation involving charitable trusts and issues under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.  In addition to this, Louise has a broader administrative law practice, acting for government departments and agencies in privacy, merits review, discrimination and professional disciplinary matters.  Louise has experience managing litigation in VCAT, the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court, including:

  • Compiling and analysing large volumes of evidence through document management systems such as Ringtail; 
  • Appearing at directions hearings and instructing counsel in compulsory conferences, negotiations and hearings;
  • Conducting witness interviews and preparing witness statements; and

Liaising with clients, counsel and other (often self-represented) parties to achieve good outcomes.

Experience

Louise joined the VGSO in 2016 as a graduate lawyer and was admitted to practice in 2017.  Prior to joining the VGSO, Louise worked on international human rights issues including prison reform in Thailand and torture prevention in Nepal.

Memberships and professional associations 

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Liberty Victoria
  • Victorian Women Lawyers