Practice area(s): Work related injuries
Location(s): Geelong
Qualification(s): LLB, LLM

Rachel Schutze is an experienced WorkCover and public liability Principal in Maurice Blackburn Lawyer’s Geelong office, which she manages in conjunction with the Werribee and Torquay visiting offices.

In addition to being a highly regarded lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience, Rachel is a skilled litigator and highly effective negotiator who is driven to achieve the best result for her clients. Rachel became a lawyer because she wanted to help people who faced difficult and unfair situations.

“I’m inspired, and driven to fight even harder, by the tenacity, strength and decency of my clients,” says Rachel.

Rachel appreciates the huge impact that a workplace accident or injury can have on a persons’ life and on their family. She understands her clients’ needs, and guides them through each step of the legal process.

“The most challenging part of my work is seeing first-hand the often-devastating effects that poor decision making by insurers has on the lives of my clients.”

Rachel is an expert in assisting people who have had an insurance claim rejected, those whose benefits have not paid in full, and people who are generally having difficulty with their insurance agency. She is a committed solicitor who fights to ensure her clients receive all their illness, accident and unforseen occurrence benefits in their insurance policies.

Rachel describes herself as a Geelong ambassador in everything she does; living and working locally and constantly promoting G-Town. Over and above her professional career, her passion for fairness, and commitment to her family and broader community, sees her active in a large number of local legal and community organisations. Rachel is a working mum with what she describes as “a heart for family and community, and a head for fighting for fair”. She is passionate about being able to assist and look after the Geelong community and people throughout South West Victoria.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a Master of Laws from Melbourne University. She remains passionate about learning and is committed to continuously expanding her academic and professional experience. She has a special interest in the development of pre-school literacy in disadvantaged communities, and has also been an active Board member of several local community organisations. Rachel was a columnist in the Geelong Advertiser in 2013 and 2014, and has regularly commented on local issues associated with workers’ rights in the community.

Memberships & associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance member
  • Diversitat Board member
  • Geelong Art Gallery Board member, 2007-2014
  • Norlane Community Centre Board member, 2006-2014
  • Anam Cara Geelong Board member, 2005-2006
  • Kids Helpline, Board member (fundraising), 2003-2004