Special Counsel
Master of Public and International Law (Melbourne University), Master of Laws (Columbia University, NY), LLB (Hons), BEc (Hons Politics)

Current practice

Rachel advises the Victorian Government on a diverse range of issues (eg constitutional law, government liability in negligence, intergovernment agreements and legislative schemes) and in various contexts (legislative development, litigation, inquiries and commissions).

Rachel has a depth of experience in various 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 co-manages a team of lawyers practicing primarily in constitutional law.

Experience

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 completed a Masters in Public and International Law at Melbourne Law School, focusing on Government law and graduated with a First Class Honours average mark.

Rachel was admitted to practice in South Australia in 1998.

Memberships and professional associations

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law