Gillian attained a B. Arts (Macquarie University) in 1992, and a B. Laws (Hons I) from the University of Technology (2000). Gillian was called to the NSW Bar in 2006 and was made a Life Member of the NSW Bar Association on 25 May 2023 for “exceptional service to the Bar Association and to the profession of the law”. Gillian was appointed Senior Counsel in 2023.
Gillian has a broad practice, specialising in commission, inquests and inquiries, family provision claims, parenting, adoption and child protections matters, and tort claims, including appearing for the defendant in medical negligence and intentional tort claims. Her varied practice has often crossed over into the Commission, Inquest and Inquiry work in which she has been briefed to appear. Gillian is also regularly briefed to appear for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on questions of advice and also appearing on prosecutions and sentencing.
Gillian has been counsel in a number of significant matters, including as junior counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, for interested parties in the Professor Dan Howard SC led Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug “ICE” and the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, and as both Counsel Assisting the NSW Coroner as as well Counsel for persons named as interested persons in coronial proceedings.
Gillian appeared in complex parenting and child protection matters including Re Adoption of E F – Anonymised  NSWSC 410, Helen Fischer & Anor v Ashley Thompson and Others (Anonymised)  NSWSC 773, EC v Secretary, NSW Department of Family & Community Services  NSWSC 226, D v C; Re B (No 2)  NSWCA 310, and NU v NSW Secretary of Family and Community Services  NSWCA 221, as well as a number of unreported parenting cases in the FCFCOA, both Division 1 and Division 2.
Gillian is experienced in preparing and running matters to final hearing as well engaging in alternate dispute resolution to achieve the best outcome for her client.
Gillian was the Course Director for the NSW Bar Practice Course from 2016 to May 2023. In addition, Gillian has been an advocacy coach for the NSW Bar since 2014 and a member of its Education Committee since 2016.