Special Counsel
LLM (Hons), LLB (Hons), BEc (Hons Politics)

Current practice

Rachel advises on novel and complex questions of law, primarily in relation to constitutional issues and statutory interpretation.  Her constitutional law practice includes matters involving parliamentary powers and privileges and matters in which industrial relations and constitutional law intersect.  Rachel also advises on executive power, negligence, privacy and secrecy laws, as well as litigation and dispute resolution strategy and process.

Rachel has a depth of experience in diverse areas of law, which assists her to identify and clarify key issues for her government clients.  Much of Rachel’s career has required the provision of advice in time sensitive and high-pressure environments, in which she is able to maintain a calm and measured approach.

Rachel is joint leader of VGSO's Constitutional Law and Intergovernmental Relations Practice Group and manages a team of lawyers practicing primarily in constitutional law.



Rachel joined the VGSO in March 2007, initially working on general litigation matters and, from early 2011, has developed a constitutional practice.

Prior to commencing at the VGSO, Rachel worked at large national and international commercial law firms in London, New York and Sydney.  She gained valuable skills and experience managing large scale multi-party litigation, complex contractual disputes and working on international regulatory investigations and other challenging matters.  Rachel was also an Associate to Justice Maurice O’Loughlin in the Federal Court of Australia.

Rachel completed a LL.M. at Columbia University in New York, where she was named a Kent Scholar in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. She has first class honours degrees in Politics and in Law from the University of Adelaide, where she received various academic prizes in Law.  More recently, Rachel has commenced a Masters in Public and International Law at Melbourne Law School, focusing on Government law.

Rachel was admitted to practice in South Australia in 1998.


Memberships and professional associations

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law