Rachel Doyle Portrait

Rachel Doyle SC

Bar roll 1996 Silk 2009
  • Employment & Industrial Tort Law
  • Commercial Law
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Rachel Doyle SC is a leading trial and appellate advocate with a broad practice.

Rachel is a specialist in industrial and employment law and has significant experience in class Actions, Royal Commissions and inquests. She also appears in common law, commercial and public law matters. 

Rachel came to the Bar in 1996 and was appointed senior counsel in 2009. Before joining the Bar, she was associate to Sir Daryl Dawson of the High Court between July 1994 and February 1996. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved by Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 11 Room 18

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Class Actions
  • Contractual Disputes
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Public Sector Appeals
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Statutory Employment Rights
  • Work Health & Safety
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Common Law
  • Inquests
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination



Bachelor of Arts (Juris)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Adel)



South Australia

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Class Actions and Commercial cases

McKay v Bellamys (current - Federal Court, shareholder class action)Senior counsel for the plaintiff shareholder.

Roo-Roofing v Commonwealth (current - Victorian Supreme Court, home insulation scheme class action). Senior counsel for the defendant.

ACCC v CFMEU & ors 2016 (current - Boral boycott case). Senior counsel for the respondents. Judgment reserved by Middleton J.

Oswal v ANZ 2015 - 2016 (Victorian Supreme Court, commercial case). Senior counsel for defendant, Chemical Holdings.

A v Peters 2014 (Victorian Supreme Court, Hepatitis C class action). Senior counsel for Victorian Department of Health.

Centro Shareholders Class Action (Kirby v Centro Properties Limited (No 5) [2012] FCA 468). Counsel for the plaintiff shareholder, junior to Burnside QC.

Esso Class Action (Johnson Tiles Pty Ltd v Esso Australia Pty Ltd [2003] VSC 27). Counsel for the plaintiffs, junior to Julian Burnside QC and David Collins SC.

Common Law and Negligence

Holloway v Australian Border Force 2017 (Victorian Supreme Court, intentional torts). Senior counsel for the plaintiff.

Dale v State of Victoria 2015 (Victorian Supreme Court, negligence claim). Senior counsel for Victoria Police. 

Boral v CFMEU 2015 (Victorian Supreme Court, industrial tort case). Senior counsel for the CFMEU.

Bau v Victoria Police [2009] VSCA 107 (employee tort claim). Junior counsel for Victoria Police.

Premier v Spotless [2007] VSC 377 (professional negligence). Junior counsel for the defendant environmental consultants.

Crimmins v Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee (1999) 200 CLR 1 (novel tort case). Junior counsel for the applicant, led by Tom Hughes QC, John Rush QC and J Forrest QC.

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) 245 CLR 1. Junior to the Commonwealth Solicitor General.

Magill v Magill (2006) 81 ALJR 254. Junior to the Commonwealth Solicitor General.

Vanstone v Clark [2005] FCAFC 189. Junior to Mortimer SC, for Clark.

Ng & Fittock v R (2003) 77 ALJR 967. Junior counsel for the Victorian Attorney General, intervening.

Ng v R (2002) 5 VR 257. Counsel for the Victorian Attorney General, intervening.

Application by Shaw (“the Grand Jury case”) (2001) 4 VR 103. Junior to Solicitor General for Victoria.

Brownlee v R (2001) 207 CLR 278. Junior to Solicitor General for Victoria.

Tanner v Shergold (2000) 171 ALR 672. Junior counsel for the applicant. 

Employment and Industrial Law

Bashour v ANZ (current - discrimination claim). Senior counsel for ANZ.

CFMEU v ABCC [2016] FCAFC 184 (indemnity prohibition orders appeal). Senior counsel for the CFMEU.

Swindells v State of Victoria [2016] VSCA 9. Senior counsel for Victoria.

United Voice v Ambulance Victoria 2016 (Paramedics’ Wages Claim). Full Bench Fair Work Commission. Senior counsel for Victoria.

Australian Education Union v State of Victoria [2015] FCA 1196 (the Lap Tops Test Case for teachers). Senior counsel for Victoria.

Boral v CFMEU 2015 (Victorian Supreme Court, industrial tort case). Senior counsel for the CFMEU.

Director Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v CFMEU (“the Myer Blockade Case”) [2015] FCA 225. Senior counsel for the CFMEU.

State of Victoria (Office of Public Prosecutions) v Grant [2014] FCAFC 184. Senior counsel for the OPP.

CFMEU v Boral Resources [2014] VSCA 348. Senior counsel for CFMEU.

State of Victoria v CFMEU [2013] FCAFC 160. Senior counsel for CFMEU.

CFMEU v Victoria [2013] FCA. Senior counsel for CFMEU.

Fair Work Ombudsman v National Jet Systems Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 243. Senior counsel for the Ombudsman.

The Equal Remuneration Case [2011]. Full Bench FWA 2700. Senior counsel for Victoria, intervening.

Quinn v Overland (2010) 199 IR 40. Senior counsel for the applicant.

O’Shea v Heinemann (2008) 172 FCR 475. Counsel for the prosecutor. 

Family Provisions Test Case [2005] AIRC 692. Counsel for each State government in Australia, intervening.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations v Gribbles (2005) 222 CLR 194. Junior counsel for the Commonwealth.

AiG v AFMEPKIU ("the Emwest Case") (2003) 125 IR 449. Junior counsel for the union.

Working Hours Test Case [2002] AIRC 857. Counsel for each State government in Australia, intervening.

Greater Dandenong City Council v ASU (2001) 112 FCR 232. Junior counsel for the union. 

Riverwood v McCormick (2000) 177 ALR 193. Counsel for the applicant.

Equal Opportunity and Human Rights

R v Chaouk [2013] VSCA 99. Counsel for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, intervening.

Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) 245 CLR 1. Junior to the Commonwealth Solicitor General.

Kiefel v State of Victoria [2013] FCA 1398. Senior counsel for Victoria.

Benic v State of Victoria [2011] FCA 1263. Senior counsel for Victoria.

Turner v State of Victoria [2009] VSC 66. Junior counsel for Victoria.

Jacomb v ASU [2004] FCA 1250. Counsel for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, intervening.

Schou v State of Victoria [2004] VSCA 71. Junior counsel for the plaintiff. 

Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters

Samsonidis v Commissioner Australian Federal Police [2007] FCAFC 159. Junior counsel for the AFP.

Cabal v Vanstone (2000) 101 FCR 112. Junior counsel for Cabal.

Bertran (Cabal) v Vanstone (2000) 173 ALR 63. Junior counsel for Cabal.

​Inquests and Criminal matters

Tomlin (Worksafe) v Engie (current - VWA prosecution re Hazelwood Mine fire). Counsel for the mine owners.

Inquest into the death of Luke Batty 2014 – 2015. Senior counsel for Ms Rosie Batty.

Inquest into the death of Terrence and Christine Hodson 2014. Senior counsel for Chief Commissioner of Police.

Inquest into the death of Heri 2006. Junior counsel for Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

Inquest into the death of Tanginoa 2003. Junior counsel for the Commonwealth.

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 (Teague Commission of Inquiry: mine rehabilitation). Senior counsel for the mine owners.

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2014 (Teague Commission of Inquiry: mine fire). Senior counsel for the mine owners. 

Trade Union Royal Commission 2014 (Heydon Royal Commission). Senior counsel for the Electrical Trades Union.

Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission 2009 – 2010. Counsel Assisting, junior to J. Rush QC.

Esso/Longford Royal Commission 1998. Junior counsel for Trades Hall.


Law Council of Australia - Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section

Victorian Bar - Industrial Law Committee 2013 to present