Doyle Rachel

Rachel Doyle SC

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

Rachel is a specialist in Class Actions, Industrial,  Employment and Discrimination Law and Public Law. She has significant experience in common law proceedings involving novel torts, and in Royal Commissions and inquests. She also appears in commercial 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

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 11 Room 18

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Law
Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Statutory Employment Rights
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

Qualifications

Qualifications

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

Admitted

Victoria

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 Law

Crown Resorts v Zantran [2020] FCAFC 1 senior counsel for the shareholders

Roo-Roofing v Commonwealth [2019] VSC 331 senior counsel for the Commonwealth 

Gall v Domino's [2019] FCA 1799 senior counsel for the applicants

Zantran v Crown Resorts [2019] FCA 641  senior counsel for the shareholders

McKay Super Solutions  v Bellamys [2019] FCA 125  senior counsel for the shareholders

Clime Capital v UGL [2020] FCA 66  senior counsel for the shareholders

Oswal v ANZ  2016 (Victorian Supreme Court, commercial trial) senior counsel for defendant, Chemical Holdings 

A v Peters 2014 (Victorian Supreme Court,  Hepatitis C class action) senior counsel for Victoria 

Centro Shareholders Class Action [2012] FCA 468, junior counsel for the shareholders 

Esso Class Action (Johnson Tiles  v  Esso  Australia Pty Ltd [2003] VSC 27, junior counsel  for the plaintiffs 

Employment and Industrial Law

Esso v AWU (Current, Federal Court) senior counsel for the union 

VICT v MUA (Current, Supreme Court) senior counsel for the union  

Registered Organisations Commission v Melhem & AWU [2020] FCA 1148 senior counsel for Melhem 

ABCC v CFMEU (2018) 262 CLR 157 (the personal payment orders case) senior counsel for the CFMEU

Newton v Australia Post and Fahour [2018] FCA 2007  senior counsel for Australia Post and Fahour

Bashour v ANZ current (discrimination claim, VCAT) senior counsel for ANZ

ABCC v Powell [2017] FCAFC 89 (right of entry case) senior counsel for the CFMEU

ABCC v CFMEU [2018] FCAFC 88 (the Laverton North case) senior counsel for the CFMEU 

ACCC v CFMEU [2017] FCA 1191 (the Boral "black ban" case) senior counsel for the CFMEU

Winters v Fogarty [2017] FCA 51 senior counsel for respondent 

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

United Voice v Ambulance Victoria 2016 (Paramedics’ Wages Claim, FWC) senior counsel for Victoria

AEU v State of Victoria [2015] FCA 1196   senior counsel for Victoria

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

Director 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  FWO 

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 regulator 

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

Minister  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 

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2014  - 2015 (Teague Commission of Inquiry: mine fire) senior counsel for Engie  

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

Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission 2009 – 2010  junior counsel assisting

Esso  / Longford Royal Commission 1998 junior counsel for Trades Hall

Common Law

Pentridge Village v CFMMEU  (Supreme Court current economic tort case) senior counsel for the union

Smith v Victoria [2018] VSC 475 (novel tort case re domestic violence victims) senior counsel for the plaintiff 

Roo-Roofing v Commonwealth [2019] VSC 331 senior counsel for the Commonwealth 

Hodson v Victoria (Supreme Court, novel tort case) senior counsel for Victoria 

Dale v State of Victoria 2015 (Supreme Court, negligence claim), senior counsel for Victoria  

Boral v CFMEU 2015 (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 environmental consultants

Crimmins v Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee (1999) 200 CLR 1  junior counsel for the applicant 

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Masson v Parsons [2019] HCA 21 senior counsel for Victoria, intervening 
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 counsel 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

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 HREOC, intervening

Schou v State of Victoria [2004] VSCA 71 junior counsel for the plaintff 

​Inquests and Criminal matters

Director Public Prosecutions (Cth) v CFMMEU and O'Mara (criminal cartel case, senior counsel for the union)

Tomlin (Worksafe) v Engie  committal (VWA prosecution re mine fire) senior counsel for the mine owners 

EPA v Engie committal (EPA prosecution re mine fire) senior 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 

Memberships

Law Council of Australia - Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section

Victorian Bar - Industrial Law Committee 2013 to present