PROFILE

Full Name: Rachel Waters
Email: rachel.waters@vicbar.com.au
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Mobile:0408610887
Chambers: Brian Bourke Chambers
Date of Admission: 15 Aug 2012
Called to the Bar: 5 May 2016
Qualifications: LLB/BA
Previous Occupation: County Court Associate; Solicitor

Profile

Rachel practises primarily in Criminal Law. She accepts briefs in a broad range of matters within this area including crimes against the person, sexual assault, drugs, traffic offences, and property offences.

Rachel began her training in Criminal Law under a seasonal clerkship at the Office of Public Prosecutions where she was assigned to the Appeals Directorate.

Rachel is passionate about social justice and human rights. As counsel her practice has a particular focus on assisting marginalised clients: with mental health issues, clients from indigenous and migrant backgrounds, and young offenders. From 2009 to 2011, Rachel participated in the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Legal Program (ASRC) where she was responsible for drafting client briefs and general case management.

Rachel is available for appearances in summary and indictable matters in regional Victoria and interstate Courts, including in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Koori Court. Rachel also accepts briefs on a pro bono basis.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rachel was associate to His Honour Judge Stuart at the County Court of Victoria. In this role, she gained considerable experience in the criminal division, assisting in trials, pleas, appeals from the Magistrates’ Court and supervision order applications.

Rachel commenced her legal career as a solicitor at Workplace Legal Pty, where she acquired legal knowledge in employment law and industrial relations.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (major in politics) from Latrobe University. She is a proud Board Member of Melba Support Services Inc, a not-for-profit organisation supporting people who live with a disability to lead everyday lives of their choice.

Rachel read with Julie Condon SC and her senior mentor was Patrick Tehan QC.


Memberships
Criminal Bar Association
Women Barristers Association
Melba Support Services Inc


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Areas of Practice

Criminal

  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Illness
  • Property Offences
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic


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