Astrid has a practice incorporating criminal law, public and government law, including regulatory and enforcement matters. Astrid has particular interest in matters involving the intersection of criminal and civil law.
Astrid appears in all Courts, Tribunals and commissions of inquiry. She has a mixed defence and prosecution practice.
Astrid undertakes appearances (trials, pleas, committals and applications) in the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts, and advisory work in civil and criminal matters covering areas of:
Astrid is also available to accept interstate briefs.
Please see Extended Biography tab for recent Court appearances.
In addition to Court based briefs, Astrid appears and advises in Royal Commissions and other inquiries. Astrid has acted in the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (Victoria), the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth), and the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (Commonwealth).
Astrid is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister, and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC).
Astrid commenced her legal career as a Judge's Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria with the Hon. Justice Bongiorno (2006-2007).
Prior to joining the Bar, Astrid was a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) in the civil regulatory and enforcement team (2008-2013).
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 has a special interest in diversity and equality, and access to justice issues.
In 2019, Astrid was awarded as the 'professions' winner in the inaugural 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians list, through Asialink.
Astrid is the current Treasurer of Australian Women Lawyers Ltd (since 2018), and sits on the executive committee of the Women Barristers Association. She is the Vice-Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Victorian Bar, and is also chair of the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity Working Group.
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 was a director of the board of St Kilda Community Legal Centre from 2014-2018, and sat on the risk committee.
She was previously a member of the Bar's Indigenous Justice Committee. Astrid also sat on the Law Institute of Victoria's Diversity Taskforce from 2012-2019. 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 sits on the executive committee of Australians Detained Abroad, and has particular knowledge relating to the legal systems in The Philippines and Colombia. Astrid has been involved in multiple cases involving Australian citizens detained on criminal charges in The Philippines.
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.
Recent appearances include:
Astrid has appeared in the following Royal Commissions:
Other appearances of note: