Rachael King




Rachael is a commercial litigator who acts in high-stakes disputes, often arising from complex, long-term contractual relationships. She is experienced across a broad range of forums and dispute resolution formats including arbitration, tribunals, commissions and inquiries, judicial review and regulatory prosecution.

Rachael has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge specialising in international dispute resolution.

Rachael is a corporate member at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an alumni at the AICD Director Pipeline Project, and an active mentor in the Women in the Law Mentoring Scheme.

Key deals

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Advising in relation to Royal Commissions, including preparation. Acting for a provider in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Advising on the response to the parliamentary inquiry. Acting for and representing corporate clients in coronial inquests.

Health and Aged Care

Acting for aged care and health services providers in relation to commissions and inquiries. Acted for an aged care provider in Administrative Appeals Tribunal proceedings relating to a refusal to extend provisional allocations of residential care places. Acting and advising in relation to disputes arising from contracts for the provision of clinical and non-clinical services.

Confidential arbitrations

Acted for head contractor in significant arbitral dispute involving four separate arbitrations, including advising on contractual construction, penalties and damages. Acting for Principal in significant arbitration involving issues of contractual construction and technical issues with respect to electricity production and supply. Acting for a junior miner in arbitration over termination of offtake agreement for convenience.

Shareholder oppression action

Acted for a shareholder in an oppression action (and quasi-derivative action) against a company and its directors. The litigation was funded by a third party.

Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd

Acting for Roy Hill Iron Ore in Supreme Court proceedings relating to the calculation of a take or pay obligation.

Expert determinations

Acting for corporate clients in expert determinations arising from disputes over the construction of complex, long-term contracts.

Great Southern Group

Acted for the liquidators of the Great Southern Group on the conduct of the winding up of a large corporate group comprising 34 group companies and 45 managed investment schemes, including general litigation and advice on the status of leases, property rights, permits and licences and transition of responsible entity/trustee.

Trustees Act/Family Provision Act

Acting for a trustee of five testamentary trusts in relation to Family Provision Act claims against an estate valued at more than A$2 billion.