Rachel is a socio-legal researcher with expertise in family law. After practising as a family lawyer, Rachel worked as a researcher in family law at the Melbourne Law School and undertook her PhD in this field of research. Since joining AIFS in 2012, Rachel has worked on a range of significant research projects, including the Independent Children’s Lawyer Study and the Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments. Rachel was the lead researcher for the recently completed Children and Young People in Separated Families: Family Law System Experiences and Needs project, and the Direct Cross-Examination in Family Law Matters Study. Rachel is currently the project lead for the Evaluation of the Small Claims Property Pilot in the Federal Circuit Court and she is working on the Evaluation of the Legal Aid Commission Trial of Lawyer-Assisted Property Mediation. Rachel is also involved in mixed method research commissioned by ANROWS investigating compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders.