Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Workers Compensation
  • Administrative Law
  • FOI and Privacy
  • Insurance

Rachel Blake

Partner LLB, BCom

office Brisbane
phone +61 7 3225 5992

Rachel is a highly experienced litigator with particular expertise in compensation and administrative law. She has acted on behalf of federal and state government clients and licensees under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme and continues to do so.

Rachel’s primary areas of practice are Commonwealth and state workers’ compensation. She has provided advice and representation to Comcare and its authorised licensee holders, including the Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs since 2001 as well as self-insured licensees under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme since 2007. She has also acted for the Workers’ Compensation Regulator (formerly QComp) and WorkCover Queensland on administrative and judicial review issues.

Rachel predominantly acts in merits review cases in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (‘AAT’) and on judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Australia. Other work includes advising various federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Defence, on a wide range of administrative law issues such as freedom of information, privacy, natural justice and merits and judicial review.

Rachel frequently appears on behalf of clients at conferences, mediations, conciliations, directions hearings and interlocutory applications before the AAT. She is an experienced negotiator and regularly undertakes informal and formal negotiation with other legal professionals and, in some instances, self-represented litigants, in order to achieve optimal legal and commercial outcomes.

In addition, Rachel regularly provides in-house training and seminars on legal developments and strategies for management of litigated and non-litigated cases.

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association