Ruth Hamnett practices principally in public and administrative law, and has a particular interest in disciplinary and regulatory law.  

She has represented the Australian Government in judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court. Ruth has advised and appeared in appeals from various administrative tribunals to superior courts, including the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia.

Ruth has expertise in advising on matters of statutory interpretation and drafting legal opinions on complex substantive and procedural issues. Ruth advises on building law, migration law, trade practices, discrimination, and a range of employment matters such as unlawful termination and unfair dismissal. 

Ruth also practises in criminal law and has frequently appeared in the County Court and the Magistrates Court in matters such as assault, theft, property damage, drug trafficking, possession and use of drugs and various traffic offences.

Ruth holds a Masters of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne. 

Between 2013 and 2018, Ruth held the role of in-house Legal Counsel – Prosecution and Disciplinary at the Victorian Building Authority. Ruth has previously worked as a litigation solicitor at Freehills and an Associate to the Honorable Justice Ryan of the Federal Court of Australia.

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