Salwa has a broad civil practice with experience acting for commercial and government clients. Her experience prior to commencing practice at the Bar includes working as a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor (Brisbane) where her practice focused on regulatory litigation and investigations, as an Associate at White & Case LLP (London), a Lawyer at MinterEllison (Brisbane), and as Associate to the Hon. Chief Justice Patrick Keane AC in the Federal Court of Australia (as his Honour then was).
She holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland and an LLM (Public Law) (Dist) from the London School of Economics for which she was awarded the Stanley De Smith Prize for the best performance in Public Law in the LLM degree. She has worked as a sessional academic at UQ having lectured and coordinated post-graduate introductory law and public law courses and tutors undergraduate Corporate Law, Evidence and Civil Procedure.
Due to COVID-19-related interruptions to the Bar Association of Queensland’s usual admission processes in early 2020, Salwa’s practice is temporarily subject to conditions available here. Please do not hesitate to contact Salwa to discuss those conditions.
Salwa’s most recent experience as a solicitor at the Australian Government Solicitor includes:
> Acting for the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) in ACCC v Pental Ltd and ACCC v Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd regarding allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct in the sale of “flushable” wipes products, including representing the ACCC in the Full Federal Court in respect of the allegations against Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd.
> Acting for the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in ASIC v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited alleging misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct in respect of the levying of unauthorized fees.
> Acting for the ACCC in ACCC v NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd (NSW Ports) & Ors alleging that NSW Ports and its subsidiaries made agreements with the State of New South Wales that had an anti-competitive purpose and effect.
> Acting for the ACCC in the Air New Zealand v ACCC; PT Garuda (Indonesia) Ltd v ACCC High Court appeal by which the airlines’ appeals were unanimously dismissed.
> Instructing in the Attorney General’s intervention in Alford v Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services in the High Court of Australia in respect of parliament’s constitutional power to compel witnesses.
> Acting for ASIC in ASIC v National Australia Bank regarding allegations of unconscionable conduct relating to alleged bank bill swap rate manipulation.
> Representing the ACCC in ACCC v Oakmoore Pty Ltd, a complex multiparty exclusive dealing proceeding attracting civil penalties totaling approximately AUD 12m.
2017 Brigidine College Indooroopilly - Board Director
2019 Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Queensland Chapter - Committee Member
2020 Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (Queensland) - Sub-Editor
Bar Association of Queensland
Australian Association of Constitutional Law
Women Lawyers Association of Queensland
2016-20 Lawyer/ Senior Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor (Brisbane)
2015-16 Associate, White & Case LLP (London)
2013-14 Lawyer, MinterEllison (Brisbane)
2012 Associate to the Hon. Chief Justice Patrick Keane AC in the Federal Court of Australia
2014-15 LLM (Public Law) (Dist), London School of Economics
2006-12 BA/LLB (Hons), University of Queensland
2017 Australian Government Solicitor Award for outstanding service to Commonwealth clients
2014-15 Stanley De Smith Prize for the best performance in Public Law in the LLM (London School of Economics)