Full Name: Ms Raelene J Sharp
Phone: +61 3 9225 7631
Secretary: +61 3 9225 6395
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 2204
Date of Admission: 1 May 2000
Called to the Bar: 18 Nov 2010
Qualifications: LLM (cum laude) (Leiden), LLB (Hons) (Monash), BA (Hons) (Melb)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor, Office of Public Prosecutions (2000 - 2004), Legal Officer, Australian Crime Commission (2004 - 2006, 2009 - 2010), Legal Officer, United Nations (2006 - 2008).


Current practice

Raelene practises primarily in administrative, regulatory and criminal law.  She appears in a range of matters for Government and private clients, including applications for judicial review. 

She advises and acts in relation to the investigation and prosecution of criminal, disciplinary and regulatory matters.  She has appeared in all Victorian Courts, and has experience in the High Court’s appellate and original jurisdictions.

Prior experience

Raelene signed the Bar Roll in 2010, reading with Mark Rochford QC and Dr Stephen Donaghue QC, following an extensive domestic and international practice in criminal, investigative and administrative law.  She completed her articles at the OPP in 2000 and, after finishing her Masters in Public International Law (International Criminal Law) in the Netherlands in 2003, she moved to the Australian Crime Commission in 2004.  Following two and a half years working for the UN in Lebanon, Raelene returned to the Australian Crime Commission in 2009 before coming to the Bar, where her senior mentor was Peter Hanks QC.

Areas of Practice

Common Law

  • Workers Compensation

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Health & Safety
  • Proceeds of Crime

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Discrimination
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

International Law

  • Public International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 2 Dec 2010, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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