Full Name: Ms Rachel Waters
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 408610887
Chambers: Brian Bourke Chambers
Room: 616
Date of Admission: 15 Aug 2012
Called to the Bar: 5 May 2016
Qualifications: LLB/BA
Previous Occupation: County Court Associate; Solicitor


Rachel practises primarily in Criminal Law. She accepts briefs in a broad range of matters within this area including crimes against the person, sexual assault, drug offences, traffic offences, and property offences. Rachel is available for appearances in summary and indictable matters in regional Victoria and interstate Courts, including in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Koori Court and Drug Court. Rachel also accepts briefs on a pro bono basis.

Rachel brings with her extensive experience of County Court level indictable criminal matters having worked as associate to His Honour Judge Stuart for two years. In this role, Rachel was exposed to numerous criminal matters including: trials, pleas, bail applications, sentence appeals from the Magistrates’ Court and supervision order applications.

Rachel is passionate about social justice and human rights. Her practice has a focus on assisting marginalised clients especially those with addiction, disability and mental illness. Rachel appears in the Drug Court and the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood regarding these types of matters.

Rachel appears in Koori Court matters and is a strong supporter of clients with indigenous backgrounds. The Koori Court aims to incorporate indigenous custom into the court room and provide a form of restorative justice.

Rachel also champions young offender clients from migrant and refugee backgrounds. From 2009 to 2011, Rachel participated in the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Legal Program (ASRC) where she was responsible for drafting client briefs and general case management.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Rachel began her training in Criminal Law under a seasonal clerkship at the Office of Public Prosecutions where she was assigned to the Appeals Directorate and worked for two years in private practice.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (major in politics) from Latrobe University. She is a proud Board Member of Melba Support Services Inc, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide practical and emotional support for people living with a disability to lead everyday lives of their choice.

Rachel read with Julie Condon QC and her senior mentor was Patrick Tehan QC.

Criminal Bar Association
Women Barristers Association
Melba Support Services Inc

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

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