Areas of Practice
Renae practises in criminal and public law, with a particular interest in regulatory prosecutions relating to mining safety and health.
She accepts briefs in all areas of law and is keen to develop a diverse practice in her areas of expertise, and to expand into:
- Criminal appeals
- Personal injury claims arising from workplace incidents, especially in mines
- Inquests and inquiries
- Juvenile justice
- Proceeds of crime confiscation, and
- Disability-related administrative appeals
Renae was admitted to the profession in 2002 and has primarily worked as an employed barrister with government bodies in both Queensland and the United Kingdom for 14 years, before joining the private Bar in November 2022.
Immediately prior to her call to the private Bar, Renae held senior roles in an Appeals and Prosecutions team providing services to several Queensland government departments. Her practice focused on prosecuting resources safety and health matters, vegetation (land) and marine plant clearing, and fisheries offences. She also appeared in the District and Land Courts in appeals; and was the in-house lawyer with carriage of matters in the Coroner’s Court, Magistrates and Industrial Magistrates Courts, Industrial Court of Queensland, and Court of Appeal.
In 2020-2021 Renae was Special Counsel to the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry.
Renae worked in England for 6 years, in the latter part of which she practised as a lawyer with the Department for Work and Pensions prosecuting complex and high value benefit fraud including frauds involving forged documents and stolen identities. In this capacity she had some exposure to proceeds of crime confiscation matters, from which her interest in this area arose.
Prior to leaving for England Renae was an employed barrister with Legal Aid Queensland, spending several years in the youth crime team before acting as In-house Counsel. During her time at Legal Aid Renae appeared in matters in the Supreme Court, District Court (including jury trials and appeals), Children’s Court of Queensland, Magistrates Court, and Children’s Court.
Renae has particular expertise in workplace health and safety law, land clearing and other regulatory prosecutions.
She also has experience in criminal matters, including since her call to the private Bar, having appeared unled in the Supreme, District, and Magistrates courts during her readership.
Qualifications, Appointments and Admissions
2000 – LLB/BSc (Psychology) from the University of Queensland
2001 – Graduate Diploma of Professional Legal Education and Training from the University of Queensland
2002 – Admitted as a solicitor (Queensland)
2003 – Admitted as a legal practitioner (ACT)
2003 – First call to the Bar in Queensland
2008 – Admitted as a solicitor (England and Wales)
2022 – Second call to the Bar in Queensland
2023 – Admitted as a barrister High Court (Australia)