Danielle has significant commercial law and advisory experience, having practised as a solicitor in commercial litigation for 19+ years (including 12+ years at Clayton Utz Lawyers in Brisbane).
Prior to being called to the Bar, Danielle was a Special Counsel at Clayton Utz. In that role, Danielle specialised in the conduct of complex commercial litigation and large-scale insurance coverage disputes, particularly for clients in the energy and resources, major projects, government, property and financial services sectors.
Danielle has experience appearing for clients in the State and Federal Courts, as well as in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Danielle is regarded as a trusted advisor and is valued for her strong work ethic and her calm, considered and professional approach.
Experience as a barrister includes:
> Acting (led by P. Dunning KC and others) in Supreme Court proceedings for the owners of a large-scale CSG to LNG project in relation to various complex claims for indemnity made under contract works policies of insurance.
> Acting (led by S. Doyle KC and S. Spottiswood) in Federal Court proceedings concerning a dispute regarding a joint venture agreement.
> Acting (led by D. Butler KC) in Supreme Court proceedings concerning a dispute about the payment for services performed under an engineering contract.
> Acting (led by M. May) in District Court proceedings involving a commercial lease dispute.
> Appearing (unled) in Federal Court proceedings on the review of a decision to make a sequestration order pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth) (Medical Board of Australia v Broadbent  FCA 673).
> Appearing (unled) in various Magistrates Court proceedings, including on a summary judgment application and in respect of various applications for disclosure.
> Advising (unled) on various matters, including on contractual disputes, insurance, tort law, corporate and commercial matters.
Experience as a solicitor includes:
> Acting in two Supreme Court proceedings for the owner of a large-scale CSG to LNG project concerning its acquisition of certain gas interests and the operation of the project.
> Acting in Supreme Court proceedings for the liquidators of a property developer in a claim concerning the development of the Royal Pines Resort.
> Acting in Supreme Court proceedings for the manufacturer of a tile cleaning product in defence of a subrogated claim pursued by insurers. Successfully obtained orders having the proceeding dismissed for want of prosecution.
> Acting in Supreme Court proceedings in a dispute regarding the taking of confidential information, which included the obtaining and execution of an Anton Piller order.
> Acting in New South Wales Supreme Court proceedings for a builder in dispute with a property developer regarding the construction of several residential townhouses.
> Acting for a national bank in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
> Acting for a national stockbroking firm in defence of claims that were pursued against it and its authorised representatives alleging the provision of negligent advice in the conduct of its financial services business.
> Acting in Supreme Court proceedings for the owners of a large-scale CSG to LNG project in relation to various complex claims made against insurers under contract works policies of insurance.
> Acting in Federal Court proceedings for various insureds in the second AFCA COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case.
> Acting for a mining company in a complex property damage and business interruption insurance claim relating to damage caused by the 2011 Queensland floods.
> Acting for an “alliance” project in a significant insurance claim concerning the design and construction of its advanced water treatment plant.
> Acting and advising in respect of numerous insurance claims, both for insurers and insureds (including contract works, ISR, professional indemnity, business interruption, D&O, public liability).
Land Law & Property
> Acting in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal proceedings for an independent fuel company in a complex leasing dispute.
> Acting in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal proceedings for the owner of a hotel group in relation to a dispute with the State of Queensland about the proper construction of a lease.
> Acting in complex District Court proceedings for a property developer against the State of Queensland concerning the alleged incorrect assessment of land tax.
> Acting for an entertainment venue in a complex regulatory investigation relating to a food poisoning outbreak.
> Acting for employers in various workplace health and safety investigations and prosecutions.
2002 Appointed to the secretariat that assisted the Honourable Justice David Ipp to produce the report on tort law reform in Australia titled, "Review of the Law of Negligence" (Commonwealth Treasury, Canberra)
Bar Association of Queensland
Australian Insurance Lawyers Association
2022 Barrister, Queensland
2010-2022 Senior Associate and Special Counsel, Clayton Utz Lawyers, Brisbane
2005-2010 Senior Associate, Piper Alderman Lawyers, Brisbane
2004-2005 Solicitor, Bain Gasteen Lawyers, Brisbane
2004 Admitted as a solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
2003-2004 Solicitor, Australian Government Solicitor, Canberra
2002-2003 Commonwealth Treasury, Canberra
2002 Admitted as a solicitor, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
2006 Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
2002 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University
2001 Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business (International Business), Queensland University of Technology