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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 appears regularly in the Supreme Court, the Federal Court and the High Court.  Rachel practises in commercial law, tort law, public law and is a specialist in industrial and employment Law. She is briefed by unions, corporations, governments, regulators and individuals. 

Rachel also has significant experience appearing in Class Actions, Royal Commissions and Inquests. 

Rachel came to the Bar in 1996 and was appointed senior counsel in 2009. Before joining the Bar, Rachel was associate to Sir Daryl Dawson of the High Court between July 1994 and February 1996. While at law school, Rachel worked in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, South Australia, assisting with criminal trials and appeals.

Liability limited by a scheme approved by Professional Standards Legislation


Commercial Law
  • Class Actions
  • Contractual Disputes
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • 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

Oswal v ANZ and others  2015 to present, Victorian Supreme Court (for Chemical Holdings, leading J Gurr), see [2016] VSC 282

A v Peters - the Hepatitis C Class Action (Supreme Court 2014) for the Victorian Department of Health, leading R Orr and K Burke

Centro Shareholders Class Action (Kirby v Centro [2012] FCA 468) for the plaintiff shareholders, junior to Burnside QC

BWK Elders Australia Pty Ltd v Westgate Wool Company Pty Ltd [2004] FCA 962 (for BWK Elders, junior to Collins SC)

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

Common Law and Negligence

Dale v State of Victoria 2015, Victorian Supreme Court (for Victoria Police, leading B Ihle and D McCredden)

Boral v CFMEU 2015, Victorian Supreme Court (for the CFMEU, leading J Gurr and P Knowles)

Bau v Victoria Police [2009] VSCA 107 (for Victoria Police, junior to D Beach SC and PA Jewell SC)

Premier v Spotless [2007] VSC 377 (for the defendant environmental consultants, junior to Dixon SC)

Crimmins v Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee (1999) 200 CLR 1 (for the applicant, junior to Hughes QC, Rush QC and 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 (for Clark,  junior to Mortimer SC)

Ng & Fittock v R (2003) 77 ALJR 967 (for the Victorian Attorney General, intervening, junior to Crennan QC)

Ng v R (2002) 5 VR 257 (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 (for the applicant, junior to Bell QC)

Employment and Industrial Law

Swindells v State of Victoria [2016] VSCA 9 (for the State of Victoria, leading D Siemensma)

United Voice v Ambulance Victoria 2016, Paramedics’ Work Value Case, Full Bench Fair Work Commission (for the State of Victoria, leading J Snaden)

Australian Education Union v State of Victoria [2015] FCA 1196 “the Lap Tops Test Case” (for the State of Victoria, leading C Harris)

Boral v CFMEU 2015, Victorian Supreme Court (for the CFMEU, leading J Gurr and P Knowles)

Bashour v ANZ 2015 to presentFederal Court and Supreme Court (for the ANZ, leading J Forbes)

Director Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v CFMEU (“the Myer Blockade Case”) [2015] FCA 225, Tracey J (for the CFMEU, leading J Gurr and J Fetter)

State of Victoria (Office of Public Prosecutions) v Grant  [2014] FCAFC 184, for the OPP, leading E Holt

CFMEU v Boral Resources [2014] VSCA 348 (for the CFMEU, leading M Richards SC and P Knowles)

State of Victoria v CFMEU [2013] FCAFC 160 (for the CFMEU, leading M Harding and Y Bakri)

CFMEU v Victoria [2013] FCA (for the CFMEU, leading M Harding)

Fair Work Ombudsman v National Jet Systems Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 243 (for the FWO, leading R Dalgleish)

The Equal Remuneration Case [2011] Full Bench FWA 2700 (for the State of Victoria, leading S Moore)

Quinn v Overland (2010) 199 IR 40 (for the Applicant, leading J Kirkwood)

O’Shea v Heinemann (2008) 172 FCR 475 (for the FWO)

Family Provisions Test Case [2005] AIRC 692 (for the governments of each of the Australian States)

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations v Gribbles (2005) 222 CLR 194 (for the Commonwealth, junior to Bell QC)

AiG v AFMEPKIU (the Emwest Case) (2003) 125 IR 449 (for the union, junior to W Friend)

Working Hours Test Case [2002] AIRC 857 (for the governments of each of the Australian States)

Greater Dandenong City Council v ASU (2001) 112 FCR 232 (for the ASU, junior to Bromberg SC)

Riverwood v McCormick (2000) 177 ALR 193 (for the Applicant)

Equal Opportunity and Human Rights

R v Chaouk  [2013] VSCA 99 (for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission intervening)

Kiefel v State of Victoria [2013] FCA 1398 (for Victoria, leading C  Young)

Benic v State of Victoria [2011] FCA 1263 (for Victoria, leading M Felman)

Turner v State of Victoria [2009] VSC 66 (for Victoria, junior to Hanks QC)

Jacomb v ASU [2004] FCA 1250 (for HREOC, intervening)

Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters

Samsonidis v Commissioner Australian Federal Police [2007] FCAFC 159 (for the AFP, junior to Ginnane SC and Niall)

Cabal v Vanstone (2000) 101 FCR 112 (for Cabal, junior to Richter QC)

Bertran (Cabal) v Vanstone (2000) 173 ALR 63 (for Cabal, junior to Richter QC)

​Inquests and Criminal matters

Tomlin (Worksafe) v GDF Suez – criminal prosecution re fire in Hazelwood Mine, Morwell  - ongoing case (for GDF Suez, leading R O’Neill)

Inquest into the death of Luke Batty 2014 – 2015 (for Ms Rosie Batty, leading T McCarthy)

Inquest into the death of Terrence and Christine Hodson 2014 (for the Chief Commissioner of Police, leading B Ihle)

Inquest into the death of Heri 2006 (for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, junior to Mortimer SC)

Inquest  into the death of Tanginoa 2003 (for the Commonwealth, junior to Bell QC)

​ Practice and Procedure

CFMEU v Boral Resources   [2015] HCATrans 3 (stay application) leading P Knowles

Hodgson  v  Amcor Ltd (No 2) [2011] VSC 204   (legal professional privilege and the crime / fraud exception) leading Dr Bigos and L Brown

Haile-Michael v Konstantinidis [2012] FCA 108   (confidentiality claim), leading P Knowles

Commonwealth v CFMEU [2003] FCAFC 115 (costs), junior to Rothman SC  

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 Part Two: mine rehabilitation (for GDF Suez, owners of the mine, leading M Foley)

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2014 Part One: the cause of the fire (for GDF Suez, owners of the mine, leading S Burchell)

Trade Union Royal Commission 2014 (for the Electrical Trades Union leading M Harding)

Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission 2009 – 2010 (as Counsel Assisting, junior to Rush QC)

Esso  / Longford Royal Commission 1998 (for Trades Hall, junior to Dean SC)


Law Council of Australia - Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section

Victorian Bar - Industrial Law Committee 2013 to present