Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BPsySc

Current practice

Stephanie is currently seconded to the Royal Commissions Branch at the VGSO, where she concurrently works on the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Management of Police Informers.  Her practice includes providing strategic advice on issues of public interest immunity and the scope of the powers and privileges of state and federal Commissions, instructing at Commissions and preparing state witnesses to give evidence before Commissions.

Experience

Stephanie joined the VGSO as a trainee lawyer in 2017 and was admitted to practice in 2018.  She settled in the Public Law and Planning Branch where her practice involves providing advice and conducting litigation for a variety of government clients on questions of constitutional law, statutory interpretation and other public law matters.  In particular, Stephanie regularly provides advice to the Attorney-General for Victoria on notices given under section 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903, and has acted for the Attorney-General intervening in constitutional litigation.  Stephanie also advises on a diverse range of non-constitutional areas, including the exercise of statutory powers, planning and environment, privacy law and emergency management.

Stephanie has experience working in in-house government roles, having completed client secondments to the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner (2019-2020), VicRoads (2019) and the Country Fire Authority (2018-2019).  Stephanie also completed a secondment at Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (2017). 

Prior to commencing at the VGSO, Stephanie completed internships in the international criminal law space at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia and in the civil law space, specific to Indigenous Australians, at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Katherine. 

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychological Science.  She received the Supreme Court Exhibition Prize for her honours thesis on involuntary treatment under the Mental Health Act 2014.

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria

  • Victorian Women's Lawyers - Women in Government Committee