A boutique law firm, led by
principal Hayley Rake.

A boutique law firm, led by principal
Hayley Rake.

A boutique law firm, led by principal Hayley Rake.

Rake Lawyers is a Sydney-based, boutique law firm specializing in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Defamation and Family Law, as well as most other legal matters. All matters are handled directly by the firm founder and principal, Hayley Rake, with the support of her team.

Where necessary Rake Lawyers also enlists the assistance of barristers, subject matter experts, psychiatrists, psychologists and health care professionals to assemble the best team required to meet your needs.

Our Team

The firm is led by Hayley Rake, principal, supported by a wider network of barristers, subject matter experts, psychologists, doctors, specialists and support staff:

About Hayley Rake, Principal

Hayley Rake is a seasoned criminal and civil lawyer with over a decade of experience in all jurisdictions. She is dedicated, intelligent, strategic, well connected and applies all resources to the cases at hand.

Ms Rake entered the legal profession under the tutelage of one of Australia’s leading criminal defence barristers and media commentators. During this time she was integral to some of Sydney’s most high profile criminal cases including trial matters concerning terrorism, murder, and drug importations. Since that time, Hayley has worked for two leading law firms, acquiring experience in complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation – rounding out her areas of expertise.

As a result of her involvement in high-profile trial matters, Hayley has access to some of Australia’s leading subject-matter experts and barristers whom she calls upon when required to meet her client’s case needs.

Ms Rake is well regarded by the legal community, and both colleagues and clients would describe her as astute, meticulous, professional, empathetic and responsive – characteristics vital to anyone embroiled in legal proceedings. She is also strongly committed to social justice and is regularly retained by NSW Legal Aid to support a wide range of clients regardless of their circumstances.

Hayley holds a BA Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in October 2008. When she’s not managing client needs she prides herself on staying up to date with case law and matters of public interest.

Areas of expertise

  • Criminal law (including all Local, District and Supreme matters)
  • Civil litigation
  • Defamation
  • Family law

Qualifications & associations

  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales since 2008
  • Member of NSW Legal Aid (General Criminal Law Panel)
  • Member of the New South Wales Law Society

Hayley can be contacted at 0413 911 311 or via email at

Our Services

Ms Rake and the team at Rake Lawyers provide advice, representation and advocacy across the following areas, including matters before all levels of court (Local, District, Supreme and High as well as tribunals):


Criminal Law

Including but not limited to drug importations and supply, fraud, sexual offences, robbery, assault, murder and traffic matters.


Commercial & Civil Litigation

Covering matters such as construction disputes, employment, creditor remedies, estate litigation, breach of contract, commercial tenancy disputes, residential tenancy disputes and more.


Family Law

Here we provide sensitive advice and representation across all elements of family law including parenting and custody, violence, property, divorce, consent orders, financial agreements, mediation and wider family disputes.


Property Law

Including but not limited to residential, commercial and rural property transactions, development needs, dispute resolution, leasing, licensing and regulatory matters.


Personal Injury

Including motor vehicle accidents, falls, medical malpractice and actions against the state.


Wills & Probate

Drafting of wills, enduring and non-enduring powers of attorney and appearing in probate and family provision matters.



We represent both plaintiffs and defendants and work closely with barristers, the media and subject matter experts in the field throughout both settlement negotiations and trials.

The Legal Process

Dealing with the law can be daunting, confusing and confronting. We are never too busy to help explain all elements of the legal process to you, in an effort to reduce the associated stress. We truly believe that the better you understand the situation, the more united we will be in building a strong case or claim, which ultimately improves the likelihood of a positive outcome. In terms of the process, you can expect to:

Conduct an initial consultation with us to review your situation;

Where possible, we will then look at opportunities to mediate and resolve your case outside of court, including all elements of enquiry and investigation;

If mediation or resolution is not possible, we will represent you before all levels of the legal system.

Location and contact details

Rake Lawyers

Phone: (02) 9375 2169
Fax: (02) 9375 2168

Visiting Address

1/6B Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

E-mail Address

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Rake Lawyers is based in the Sydney CBD. The firm provides legal services throughout Australia, including regional locations.