Victoria staff and alumni among Queen’s Counsel appointments

Professor Tony Angelo from Victoria’s Faculty of Law is one of 13 lawyers to be appointed Queen’s Counsel this year.

Professor Tony Angelo QC sitting at a table in his office

The appointment of Professor Angelo, alongside Victoria alumna Rachael Reed and 11 other lawyers, was announced by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC.

In making the announcement, Mr Finlayson said the appointment to the rank of Queen’s Counsel recognises individuals who have excelled at the highest level of law.

Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice.

Professor Angelo is Professor of Law at Victoria University and also holds a BA and LLM from Victoria. His research area is comparative law and private international law, with a particular focus on the law of small states. He has published extensively on the laws of Mauritius, the Seychelles and other small nations of the Pacific. Professor Angelo will celebrate 50 years with Victoria’s Faculty of Law later this year.

Mr Finlayson said Professor Angelo’s appointment recognises his extraordinary contribution to the law, particularly to legal education and to constitutional development in the South Pacific.

With this appointment Professor Angelo becomes the sixth Queen’s Counsel at Victoria’s Faculty of Law—joining Professors Richard Boast, Campbell McLachlan and John Prebble, and Distinguished Fellows Sir Ken Keith and Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

Rachael Reed graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Victoria, and was admitted in 1996. She worked at Chapman Tripp and the Serious Fraud Office before joining Meredith Connell in 2003. After spending some time in the London firm Byrne and Partners, Rachael returned to Meredith Connell in 2006 and joined the independent bar in 2012. Rachael specialises in serious and complex fraud and is a member of the Serious Fraud Office Prosecution Panel and the Crown Panel (Auckland and Manukau).