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Dominique Mayo

LLB (Hons), BMus(Hons)

Senior Associate - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Expertise

Dominique is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution & Litigation group.

Dominique specialises in regulatory work, Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry, administrative law, insolvency, consumer law, corporate/commercial and mining and resources disputes.

Experience

Dominique was formerly the Associate to the Honourable Justice James Douglas of the Supreme Court. Prior to this, Dominique was the Associate to Deputy President Philip Hack SC and, subsequently, Senior Member Margaret Carstairs of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). 

Dominique has undertaken a broad spectrum of litigious work in courts and tribunals across all Australian jurisdictions. Her recent experience includes:

Administrative law

  • acting for a major bank, as a legal lead, in the recent Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry, across the seven rounds of hearings, concerning:
    • consumer lending
    • financial advice
    • loans to small and medium enterprises
    • experiences with financial services entities in regional and remote communities
    • superannuation
    • insurance
    • causes of misconduct and conduct falling below community standards and expectations by financial services entities (including culture, governance, remuneration and risk management practices) 
  • acting for the public sector, as a legal lead, in the Commission of Inquiry into New Generation Rollingstock Trains. The Terms of Reference required the analysis of the procurement process, contractual obligations and design approval process that resulted in NGR trains that were non-compliant with disability legislation
  • acting for the public sector in the Commission of Inquiry into Youth Detention Centres.  The Youth Detention Review was established to enable an independent inquiry into the treatment of young people detained in Queensland’s youth detention centres
  • acting for an oil company in respect of a judicial review application of a decision of the Minister for Petroleum and Energy in PNG in relation to a Petroleum Prospecting Licence (PPL), as well as negotiations with the other parties to the PPL operating agreement.

Corporate and commercial disputes

  • acting for a managing director to respond to a section 206F notice issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to demonstrate why disqualification should not occur, including regular liaison with the ASIC delegate
  • advising a registered liquidator to respond to a show cause notice issued by the ASIC to explain why registration should continue
  • advising a registered trustee in bankruptcy to respond to a show cause notice issued by the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)
  • acting for a major bank to respond to Notices to Produce issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
  • acting for a major bank to respond to various Notices to Produce issued by the Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry
  • acting for the public sector to respond to a Notice to Produce issued by the Commission of Inquiry into New Generation Rollingstock
  • acting for an investment bank and asset management company to respond to a subpoena issued out of the Western Australian Supreme Court in connection with a joint venture dispute
  • acting for the public sector to respond to a subpoena issued in connection with a class action proceeding arising out of the findings of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry
  • acting for a racing industry body to respond to a Subpoena in connection with a dispute in the Federal Circuit Court
  • acting for a not-for-profit organisation to respond to a Subpoena issued in connection with a defamation proceeding in the New South Wales Supreme Court
  • acting for a not-for-profit organisation to respond to a Subpoena issued in connection with a dispute in the Federal Circuit Court
  • acting for an agricultural client as part of the disclosure phase of long standing litigation in the Supreme Court
  • advising a major supermarket chain (non-party) in respect of discovery being undertaken by an oil company and airline company to a Federal Court proceeding. 

Insolvency

  • acting for an oil company in Papua New Guinea in a debt dispute, resulting in the issuance of statutory demands in PNG
  • acting for directors to defend claims by liquidators following insolvency events, including unfair preference claims, uncommercial transactions, unfair loans and unreasonable director-related transactions
  • acting for administrators and liquidators to resist an application for the setting aside of a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA)
  • acting for administrators and liquidators to adjudicate proofs of debt, including in relation to proof of debt appeals
  • acting for administrators to seek an extension of the convening period to hold the second meeting of creditors in the Federal Court. 

Consumer law

  • acting for a golf club in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in respect of various consumer law disputes
  • acting for a golf club in the QCAT Appeal Tribunal in respect of a dispute concerning the Australian consumer law and associated jurisdictional matters.

Mining and resource disputes

  • acting for a Queensland mining company in compensation proceedings in the Land Court arising from special purpose legislation.