Rosalie Byrne

Rosalie Byrne

Special Counsel

I work with commercial and government clients to resolve complex disputes with a strategic and practical approach to problem solving.

Rosalie in 60 seconds

Rosalie is an experienced litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with particular expertise in commercial and government litigation, statutory interpretation, administrative law and investigations.

Rosalie has advised both Commonwealth government and commercial clients in a broad range of areas including negligence, public liability, administrative law, breach of contract litigation and strategy, statutory interpretation, civil penalty enforcement and privacy. Rosalie also has an acute understanding of government clients having undertaken a number of secondments to Commonwealth clients including Comcare, the Department of Industry and the Department of Immigration.


  • LLB

Industry associations

ACT Law Society
Women Lawyers Association

Rosalie's Recent Experience

Compliance, enforcement and review

Assisted the Department of Industry deal with disputes in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and internal investigations arising from research and development tax concession / incentive registration, eligibility, procurement and contract enforcement of Commonwealth grant funding agreements.


Member of the team assisting the Independent Investigator in the CSIRO investigation into allegations of workplace bullying and other unreasonable behaviour and Defence review and investigation of grievance claims. Rosalie also assisted the Department of Immigration in the review and assessment of cases of wrongful detention identified by the Ombudsman in the 247 Report.

Government litigation

Assisting the Department of Finance, Comcover and the Department of Defence to resolve claims in multiple Australian jurisdictions for damages for negligent misstatement, breach of statutory duty, breach of Australian Competition Law and contract in relation to eligibility to join or receive benefits under the Commonwealth and Military superannuation schemes. Rosalie has an in depth understanding of the Commonwealth and Military superannuation schemes and has advised the ComSuper (now CSC) and the Returned Servicemen's League in relation to interpretation of provisions in those schemes.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution

Conduct of complex high value commercial litigation in respect of negligence, trade practices, building and construction compliance, and breach of contract in Federal Court proceedings involving multiple parties.