5 Wentworth

Elizabeth Raper

Elizabeth Raper

+61 2 8815 9146

Bar (NSW) 2005

Ms Raper completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees at the University of Sydney.

Professional career

Ms Raper was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1999 and worked for Baker & McKenzie (both in Sydney and London) until 2005. In 2005, Ms Raper began work as a barrister. 

Ms Raper is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, teaching in the post-graduate programme. She has lectured in advocacy, employment law, industrial law, discrimination law, legal ethics and insolvency at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.  

Ms Raper has appeared in a wide range of matters in a variety of jurisdictions including the High Court (in cases involving administrative law, industrial law and evidence), the Federal Court (in cases involving discrimination law, copyright, freedom of information, industrial prosecutions and applications for preliminary discovery), the Federal Magistrates Court (in cases involving discrimination law, adverse action claims and industrial prosecutions), New South Wales Supreme Court (in cases involving insolvency, defamation, employment law, contract and commercial/equity disputes) and Court of Appeal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (in cases involving freedom of information), Administrative Decisions Tribunal (in cases involving administrative law, stamp duty and discrimination law), Fair Work Australia (industrial disputes and unfair dismissals) and various Commissions. Details of cases, including reported cases are contained in Ms Raper’s full curriculum vitae, available on request.

In addition, Ms Raper has conducted mediations and conciliations at both a State and Federal level, assisted the NSW Police with inquiry work, and supported various pro-bono legal institutions such as the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Kingsford Legal Centre.  

Recent cases:

Successful costs application in Federal Court discrimination proceedings – Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited (No 2) [2013]FCA 359 See also Richardson v. Oracle Australia Pty Limited [2013] FCA 102

Successful defence of an application for leave to appeal in the Federal Court – Harmer v Oracle Corporation Australia Pyt Limited [2013] FCAFC 63

Successful defence of an adverse action matter in the Federal Court – Lai v Symantec (Australia) Pty Ltd [2013] FCCA 625

Successful prosecution for breaches of the Fair Work Act including Sham contracting – Fair Work Ombudsman v Metro Northern Enterprises Pty Ltd [2013] FCCA 216

Successful defence of unfair dismissal Claim for RailCorp – Dragan Marijan v Rail Corporation New South Wales T/A Railcorp [2012] FWA 5639

Successful application for costs before the Fair Work Commission – Sharn Stanley v QBE Management Services Pty Limited T/A QBE [2012] FWA 7165

Successful defence of an application for review under the Police Act before the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission – McDiarmid v Commissioner of Police [2012] NSWIRComm100


Ms Raper has published an extensive array of papers and delivered many seminars on legal issues, from the impact of WorkChoices and employment law, to corporate insolvency and industrial law. Noted journals which have featured Ms Raper’s work include the Insolvency Law Bulletin, the Australian Journal of Labour Law, the Thomsons 2007 National Workplace Relations Looseleaf Service, and the Thomsons 2007 Lawyers Practice Manual.

Ms Raper is the Discrimination Editor of the Thomsons Workplace Review and is co-author for the recently published 4th Edition of the Discrimination Text Discrimination Law and Practice with Ms Chris Ronalds SC.


+ 61 2 8815 9100

+ 61 2 9232 8995

5th Floor, Wentworth Chambers
180 Phillip Street, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia

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