Full Name: Erin Rutherford
Mobile: 0402 689 468
Date of Admission: 7 Sep 2009
Called to the Bar: 7 May 2020
Qualifications: BA, LLB
Previous Occupation: Senior Solicitor


Erin comes to the Bar with 12 years’ experience in both federal and state crime.  She accepts briefs in all criminal and quasi-criminal jurisdictions.

Erin has extensive advocacy experience having regularly appeared in bail applications, committals, contested hearings, plea hearings, contested extraditions and merit based appeals against sentence.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Erin was a Senior Solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP).  She worked in the Trial, Appeals, and Policy and Specialised Legal divisions.  Erin has experience in a broad range of indictable crime including homicide, drug and historical sex offences.  During her time at the OPP, she assisted with the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.

Erin also worked as a Senior Federal Prosecutor at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).  She prosecuted ASIC, taxation, social security, child exploitation material, large drug importation and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offences. Whilst at the CDPP, Erin worked directly with the Deputy Director of the Illegal Imports and Exports and Human Exploitation and Border Protection branch.  In that role she regularly provided advice at a national level to internal and external stakeholders including the Attorney General’s Department, Australian Federal Police and the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.

Erin is reading with Jason Gullaci and her senior mentor is Sally Flynn QC.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Corporations Law & Securities Law

Common Law

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

Criminal Law

Family Law

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

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

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Fair Work Commission
  • Military Tribunals
  • Royal Commissions
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Also Entitled to Practice in

  • Queensland

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