Rachel Tierney


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 represents clients in a range of matters including:

She also has considerable experience in domestic violence and child protection matters. Aside from her criminal defence work, Rachel represents clients in disciplinary matters (including QCAT hearings) and coronial inquests. She also has carriage of prosecutions for regulatory agencies.

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. She is also an active member of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.

Rachel enjoys cooking and trying out new restaurants, going to F45, planning her next travel adventure and spending time with family and friends.

Recent articles by Rachel

Criminal court sentencing hearings during COVID-19

COVID-19 and the impact on criminal court sentencing

Procedures and decisions related to sentencing hearings, particularly where defendants are likely to receive a custodial sentence, have seen significant change in light of coronavirus.
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What’s happening with bail applications during COVID-19?

COVID-19 and the impact on bail applications

Applications for bail are usually required where the police have objected to a defendant being granted bail. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen a change in the way Queensland courts (and indeed courts across the nation and internationally) are addressing bail applications.
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Managing mental health during criminal law proceedings

Your mental health during criminal law proceedings

Your mental health will often suffer if you're charged with a criminal offence or if you’re involved in criminal law proceedings. Seeking professional assistance can be very beneficial. Ask us why and how.
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Peace and Good Behaviour Orders in Queensland

Peace and Good Behaviour Orders in Queensland

If a person is threatening someone else or their property, the threatened person may have a basis to ask the court to take action to protect them from the threatening behaviour. The threatened person can make an application for Peace and Good Behaviour Orders.
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