Bianca has a broad civil practice and since coming to the bar has been regularly briefed in commercial disputes, including insolvency, professional negligence, taxation, environment and construction disputes. She appears regularly, led by senior counsel, in the trial and appellate divisions of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and the Federal Court of Australia. In addition, Bianca is often briefed unled to appear and advise in respect of proceedings in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Court, the Federal Court and other tribunals. She is listed by Doyle’s Guide as leading counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.
Before being called to the bar, Bianca was the Associate to the Honourable Justice David Jackson of the Supreme Court of Queensland and worked as a solicitor at an international firm. She holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction from the University of Oxford.
Bianca has also been appointed as the Sub-Editor for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (Queensland) and is responsible for assisting the Editor with the publication of the weekly Queensland Law Reporter.
Notable matters as junior counsel include:
› acting for a principal in a complex construction dispute, including appearing in an emergency arbitration conducted in Singapore, under the SIAC Rules;
› appearing for the company group CEO in a two-week appeal concerning findings of contraventions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) by the responsible entity of a managed investment scheme and its officers in the Court of Appeal;
› appearing in the Court of Appeal in respect of a challenge to a decision of the Legal Services Commissioner;
› acting for a major resources company in respect of a mining lease application before the Land Court of Queensland;
› acting for a liquidator in Supreme Court proceedings over debts alleged to be owed by the company in liquidation;
› acting for a major property development group in Supreme Court proceedings against their former solicitors, alleging professional negligence in the conduct of a significant commercial property transaction;
› acting for non-bank lenders and mortgage managers in respect of professional negligence proceedings in the Supreme Court against their former solicitors;
› acting and appearing for a regional authority in respect of native title proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia; and
› advising a partner in respect of a number of matters including contractual construction, debt issues and strategic considerations arising from an international partnership dispute.
Recent matters as sole counsel include advising and appearing for litigants in taxation disputes, contractual disputes, insolvency disputes, commercial tenancy disputes and judicial review applications.
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Profession
2019 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
2017 Sub-Editor for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (Queensland)
Bar Association of Queensland
2016 Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction), University of Oxford (Magdalen College)
2013 Bachelor of Laws (Hons I), University of Queensland
2013 Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), University of Queensland
2016 University of Oxford Law Faculty Prize for Best Performance in the International Law of the Sea Paper
2013 University of Queensland Law Society Medal for the Most Outstanding Graduate of the Year
2013 Valedictorian of Law, University of Queensland
2013 Dean’s Honour Roll Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Bachelor of Commerce