Rachel has a trial and appellate practice in commercial law and public law.
Since joining the Bar, Rachel has appeared led and unled in the Federal Court, the Supreme Court and the County Court. She has also appeared for the State of Victoria in the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. For a list of Rachel's recent cases, please click the Cases tab above.
Rachel has extensive experience advising on complex issues of law, including constitutional law, intergovernmental agreements, government liability in negligence, statutory interpretation and water resources.
Before coming to the Bar, Rachel practised as a solicitor in both commercial litigation and public law. Rachel has more than 7 years experience in commercial litigation as a solicitor and was based in Sydney, New York and then, as a Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in London. She also worked at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, where she was Special Counsel and for several years managed the Constitutional and Advice team (formerly the Public Law team).
Rachel holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York, where she was named a Kent Scholar in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. She holds a Master of Public and International Law from Melbourne Law School, where she graduated with a first class honours average mark. Rachel also holds first class honours degrees in politics and in law from the University of Adelaide, where she received various academic prizes in law.
Rachel read with Emrys Nekvapil. Her senior mentor was Rowena Orr QC.