With a practice that spans both commercial and public law, Bianca’s experience extends across the full range of commercial, construction, insolvency, insurance, professional negligence and taxation disputes. Increasingly, her work also encompasses public and environmental law issues, particularly those arising in cases in the energy, mining and resources sectors.
Listed by Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers® as a leading Australia junior counsel in Litigation and Construction/Infrastructure Law, Bianca is also recognised in Doyle’s Guide as “Recommended” junior counsel for each of Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insolvency & Restructuring. She is engaged frequently both as sole counsel and as part of larger teams in heavyweight litigation and arbitration. Bianca appears in all State and Federal Courts, and has experience as junior counsel before the High Court of Australia and in international arbitrations.
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 before the Queensland Court of Appeal, and appearing in subsequent special leave applications and a substantive appeal before the High Court of Australia;
› appearing as junior counsel in a Supreme Court trial concerning allegations of professional negligence against the plaintiff’s former solicitors
› 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 an insured and its foreign subsidiaries in a multi-million dollar claim against an insurer for indemnity under a professional indemnity insurance policy;
› 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
2020 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Insolvency & Restructuring (QLD)
2020 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (QLD)
2020 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Construction & Infrastructure (QLD)
2019 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (QLD)
Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers®
2022 – Litigation
2022 – Construction/Infrastructure
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