Rutendo has a broad commercial and public law practice with a focus on contract, insolvency, planning and building and construction matters. She also has specialist knowledge and experience with proceeds of crime matters and has an interest in civil matters that intersect with the criminal justice system. 

Her broad practice means that she regularly appears in various jurisdictions including unled trials and hearings. 

Since coming to the bar, Rutendo has also been briefed to advise in constitutional, administrative, commercial, insolvency and planning matters, led by Rowena Orr QC, Juliet Forsyth SC, Elizabeth Bennett, Emrys Nekvapil, and Phoebe Knowles and also unled.

Prior to coming to the Bar Rutendo practised as a solicitor at Gadens in the commercial disputes team and worked on various commercial disputes involving insolvency and debt recovery, breach of directors’ duties, property and contractual disputes, and defamation. 

Prior to that, she was an associate to the Honourable Justice Sloss in the Supreme Court of Victoria. In that role, Rutendo assisted Her Honour in a broad range of commercial matters, including contractual, partnership and joint venture disputes, breaches of directors’ duties, misleading and deceptive conduct matters and tax disputes. 

She also practiced at the Office of Public Prosecutions, first as a solicitor in the Proceeds of Crime Directorate and then as a solicitor-advocate in the Advocacy team.

Rutendo is co-founder and Steering Committee member of the African Australian Legal Network (AALN). The AALN seeks to promote African cultural diversity in the profession and improve the capability and reputation of African-Australian legal practitioners.

Rutendo read with Emrys Nekvapil and her senior mentor is Rowena Orr QC.  

To get in touch with Rutendo Muchinguri | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or

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