Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Penina works as a Principal Solicitor within the Government and Public Law branch. Her main areas of practice include administrative reviews, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal litigation, Supreme Court litigation, summary prosecutions and professional disciplinary matters.


Penina is an experienced administrative lawyer who has acted for government in a broad range of administrative law and regulatory proceedings, including freedom of information, victims of crime, fair trading, business licensing and liquor licensing. She has also advised government, and particularly regulators, on making proper and fair decisions, the proper exercise of powers, obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2000, delegations, and on statutory interpretation. Penina has also carried out a number of whole of government projects to ensure government compliance with new legislation.

Penina has presented a number of seminars to government agencies on topics such as delegations, good-decision making, natural justice, privacy and human rights.

Penina has participated in secondments at a number of government agencies including the Building Commission, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the office of the Disability Services Commissioner, the Office of Police Integrity, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Victoria University and the Department of Transport.

Penina completed her Articles with VGSO in 2005, and worked as Social Policy Advisor with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004-2005.

Professional associations:

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Environment Defenders Office of Victoria
  • Lawyers for Animals
  • Women in Government (VWL)