Astrid has a specialised practice incorporating criminal law, public and government law, and regulatory and enforcement matters. Astrid has particular interest in matters involving the intersection of criminal and civil law.
Astrid appears in all Courts and tribunals led and unled.
Astrid undertakes appearances (trials, pleas, committals and applications) in the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts in civil and criminal matters covering areas of:
Astrid is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister, and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC).
Recent appearances include:
Astrid has appeared in the following Royal Commissions:
Other appearances of note:
Astrid was previously a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) in the civil regulatory and enforcement teams. Astrid commenced her legal career as a Judge's Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria with the Hon. Justice Bongiorno.
As an experienced solicitor, Astrid acted for Commonwealth agencies in the areas of competition and consumer law, customs and tariff law, national security, trade marks, regulatory enforcement and insolvency. Astrid spent a significant period of time on secondment within in-house legal teams at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the mergers branch, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in the debt litigation section, and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Oil-For-Food Taskforce.
Astrid is the current Treasurer of Australian Women Lawyers Ltd (since 2018).
Astrid was a director on the board of St Kilda Community Legal Centre from 2014-2018.
Astrid has a special interest in diversity and equality. Astrid is a former Convenor of the Victorian Women Lawyers Association (VWL). She has also previously chaired VWL's Women in Government Committee, Justice Committee and Women Migrants Information Committee.
Astrid currently sits on the Executive Committe of the Women Barristers Association, and the Victorian Bar's Equality and Diversity Committee. She was previously a member of the Indigenous Justice Committee. Astrid also sits on the Law Institute of Victoria's Diversity Taskforce. Astrid was previously a long-term member of the Law Council of Australia Equal Opportunity committee.
Astrid has also worked in human trafficking policy and advocacy for the UNODC in Bogota, Colombia, and advises and appears in human trafficking matters in Australia.
Astrid is a past board member and past Vice-President of Lawyers for Animals.
Astrid is also involved with Australians Detained Abroad and has knowledge relating to the legal systems in The Philippines and Colombia.
Astrid has a BA (History and Spanish) and an LLB both from the University of Melbourne, and is completing a LLM at the University of Melbourne.
Astrid read with Benjamin Fitzpatrick and her senior mentor is Fiona McLeod SC.