Rachel joined Gilshenan & Luton in 2017 after working at a regional law firm for a number of years as the firm’s criminal law solicitor. Prior to that she worked as a Judge’s Associate and interned at the Crime and Corruption Commission, Legal Aid Queensland and Department of Communities (Child Safety Services).
Rachel has extensive complex trial experience and defends clients in a diverse range of matters with particular expertise in:
Aside from her criminal law work, Rachel represents clients in child protection matters, disciplinary matters (including QCAT hearings) and coronial inquests. She also has carriage of prosecutions for regulatory agencies. She also regularly assists victims and witnesses to navigate the criminal justice system.
Rachel has considerable experience in domestic violence matters, where she is well placed to assist clients in both bringing domestic violence applications for their protection and defending against them. Appreciating these different perspectives enables Rachel to achieve excellent outcomes for her clients. Being a criminal lawyer is particularly valuable in these matters, as Rachel seamlessly assists clients with their linked criminal charges (or complaints), such as contravention of domestic violence order offences.
Rachel prides herself on her ability to communicate with her clients in a measured, compassionate manner so her clients feel as calm and comfortable as possible.
Rachel is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s (QLS) Domestic Violence Committee. She is also an active member of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. Rachel has been a presenter in legal seminars and panels in respect of criminal law, including the Ethical Conundrums Panel at the 2019 International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.
Rachel is recently married to Ned. In her downtime she enjoys spending time with her Golden Retriever Tilly, trying out new restaurants and going to F45.