Admitted as a solicitor: 2000
Called to the Bar: 2018
Ms Barnes specialises in criminal law, coronial enquiries, occupational health and safety and disciplinary inquiries.
Ms Barnes has extensive experience as an advocate and a litigator and has prosecuted and defended a wide range of criminal offences as well as health and safety breaches and disciplinary complaints prosecutions both in Sydney and in London.
Between 2000 and 2004, Ms Barnes worked as a criminal defence lawyer in Sydney both at a private firm and at Legal Aid NSW.
From 2007, Ms Barnes was a prosecutor for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, regularly appearing in court on behalf of the Crown on a range of criminal prosecutions. She has been appearing in District Court jury trials for almost five years, having first commenced appearing in trials as a senior solicitor at the ODPP then as a Trial Advocate.
Since being called to the bar, Ms Barnes has regularly appeared in the District Court (trial and appeals work) as well as proceedings before the Supreme Court and Local Court.
Ms Barnes also spent several years working as a prosecutor in the Fatalities Unit at WorkCover New South Wales, the then government body responsible for managing workplace safety. Ms Barnes prosecuted breaches of health and safety law, particularly those arising out of fatal accidents in the workplace and was also involved in numerous coronial inquests. Ms Barnes is briefed on behalf of SafeWork NSW in relation to prosecutions arising under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW).
Ms Barnes spent two years in London working for a top tier defence firm specialising in domestic and international corporate crime, financial crime, occupational health and safety, regulatory enforcement and serious and general crime.
Ms Barnes is on the Legal Aid Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel and the Legal Aid Summary Panel.