Principal Solicitor
BA, LLB (Hons)

Current practice

Rose Singleton joined the VGSO in 2012. Rose advises and represents a range of government clients in litigation and dispute resolution matters, including Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, the Department of Justice & Regulation, the Attorney-General and the Department of Health and Human Services. Rose has a broad litigation practice and has experience instructing in the Coroners Court, County Court, the Supreme Court’s trial and appellate divisions and the High Court. 
 
Rose has particular expertise related to intentional torts, negligence claims (including novel duties of care), personal injury and coronial inquests.
 
Rose also has significant experience in relation to public interest immunity claims, as well as suppression orders and closed court orders under the Open Courts Act 2013
 
Rose has also been involved in many quasi-criminal matters, particularly in respect of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 and subpoena objections. 
 
During her time at the VGSO, Rose has acted on behalf of government clients in various high-profile litigation matters and inquests. Some examples include: 
  • Inquest into the death of Luke Batty (COR 2014 0855) (acting on behalf of Chief Commissioner of Police and police officers); 
  • Mullett v Nixon & Ors [2016] VSC 512 (acting on behalf of the former Chief Commissioner of Police and other defendants in claim for misfeasance in public office and malicious prosecution); 
  • Lawyer X public interest immunity proceedings (see AB v CD & EF [2018] HCA 58; [2017] VSCA 338 and [2017] VSC 350) (acting on behalf of Chief Commissioner of Police). 

Experience

After graduating from Monash University with honours in 2011, Rose completed a legal internship at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s Trials Chamber.  Rose has also worked as a law clerk with the North Carolina Racial Justice Act Study, prior to which she completed a legal internship in association with Reprieve Australia and the Centre for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina.
 
During the course of her law degree, Rose performed a number of roles in the legal sector in Melbourne, including as a paralegal at criminal law firm and as a seasonal clerk at a commercial law firm.