Rachael was admitted to the legal profession in 2010 and worked as a solicitor across Australia and the UK before being called to the bar in 2019. She maintains a general practice with a particular focus on criminal law, regulatory and government matters, inquests and inquiries, employment law, and public/administrative law.
In Rachael’s last role as a solicitor she acted on behalf of the British government in a high-profile, complex class action involving public and private international law issues. The claim was brought by 35 Cypriots for damages allegedly caused by torture and mistreatment at the hands of British officers in Cyprus in the 1950’s. While employed in the UK she also assisted on large-scale human rights litigation stemming from other former British colonies or military inquiries, as well as working on general public law matters involving justice and security issues.
Prior to working in London, Rachael gained significant experience as a solicitor advocate in prosecution and defence work in Australia. She was previously a prosecutor at the Brisbane City Council where she prosecuted corporations and individuals for regulatory, health and safety, and planning and environment offences. Rachael also spent three years working as a criminal defence solicitor handling a large case load of legally aided and private client matters. Rachael conducted summary trials, committal hearings and sentences herself, while also instructing in hearings in the higher courts.
Rachael holds a Master of Laws with Distinction from the London School of Economics (LSE) and was Director of LSE’s Pro Bono Matters program in 2015-2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University. Upon graduation in 2009 she was awarded the University Medal for Law.
Rachael is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland and the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ). She previously served on WLAQ’s executive committee for five years, two of them as Vice-President. In 2015 she was named the Young Queensland Philanthropist of the Year in recognition of her commitment to philanthropic and pro bono work within the community.