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Expertise

Joanne has more than 15 years’ experience in large scale and complex commercial litigation working within a premier law firm environment both in Brisbane and in London.  In addition, she has worked at a senior executive level within the Queensland Government. 

She specialises in the following areas of law: dispute resolution and litigation, public and administrative law, competition law, Government, regulatory and privacy.

Experience

Joanne is an experienced commercial litigator and Government lawyer with significant experience in managing large scale and complex commercial and regulatory disputes in both state and federal jurisdictions as well as internationally.  She has a track record of being able to critically analyse matters and be able to provide clients with strategic advice that is clear and meets client’s expectations. 

Joanne’s litigation experience is complemented by her senior in-house government legal experience which provided her with a deep understanding of government operations, processes and public sector legislation and enabled her to be a respected sounding board and trusted advisor to her clients at all levels of Government.

Joanne’s significant experience includes:

Competition law and regulatory

  • advising on the declaration decisions for third party access for significant state infrastructure under the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997 (QCA Act).
  • advising on decisions and statements of reasons made under QCA Act.
  • assessing and managing competition law risks on proposed Government projects.
  • providing training and ongoing advice on competition law compliance.
  • advising UK pay TV operator:
    • on proceedings brought by the UK Telecommunications Regulator requiring the compulsory supply of certain pay TV channels at regulated prices. 
    • on the European Commission’s market investigation into pay TV movie rights. 
    • on proceedings brought against the operator for misuse of market power. 
  • advising on follow on damages claims arising from a European Commission cartel infringement decision.

Contractual and construction litigation

  • acting for the owner of a coal export terminal in Supreme Court of New South Wales proceedings in its complex contractual and tortious dispute with its contractors, subcontractor and insurers regarding the alleged defective design and construction, and resultant flooding, of one of its coal dump stations.
  • acting for a Queensland based mining joint venture in Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings in its contractual dispute with one of its contractors regarding the alleged incomplete and defective construction work for one of its mines.
  • acting for the owner of an oil and gas asset and its ongoing disputes with its contractors including in respect of very significant claims made under the security of payment legislation.

Public and administrative law and government

  • experience in advising on compliance with government policies and frameworks, complex matters of statutory interpretation and regulatory issues.
  • experience in developing and assessing government legal structures and governance. 
  • advising on the development and introduction of legislation.
  • advising on allegations of corrupt conduct including advising on whether conduct requires referral to the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.
  • advising on emerging issues including human rights compliance.

Confidentiality, information sharing, privacy and right to information

  • advising on information sharing including appropriate confidentiality agreements, terms of use and collection notices. 
  • advising on compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 including privacy complaints, breaches and OIC and QCAT proceedings.
  • advising on scope of right to information obligations.

Publications

17 June 2021 - Knowledge

Government procurement: Detecting and deterring bid rigging conduct

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Competition & Consumer Law, #Government, #Procurement

With the ACCC’s recent enforcement action for “bid rigging” cartel conduct arising from government procurement activity, we provide tips for government lawyers to detect and deter such behaviour occurring on their next procurement.

08 June 2021 - Knowledge

How to detect and deter bid rigging conduct in government procurement

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Competition & Consumer Law, #Government, #Procurement

With the ACCC’s recent enforcement action for “bid rigging” cartel conduct arising from government procurement activity, we provide tips for government lawyers to detect and deter such behaviour occurring on their next procurement.

25 May 2021 - Knowledge

How to get a better deal on transport costs? Collectively bargain alongside your competitors

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Competition & Consumer Law

A group of competing freight brokers have cleared the way to collectively negotiate favourable terms with freight carriers. Are you missing out?

11 May 2021 - Knowledge

Misuse of market power – the first outcome for ‘likely effect’

#Competition & Consumer Law, #Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the first finding of a contravention of section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 since its significant amendments, we consider the significance of the consent orders agreed between Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd and the ACCC which declared that the port operator had engaged in conduct that had the ‘likely effect’ of substantially lessening competition in the market.

09 April 2021 - Knowledge

Model litigant obligations

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Local Government

We examine the Commonwealth government's model litigant obligations, how these obligations are enforced and provide some key tips to help government lawyers comply with these obligations.

31 March 2021 - Knowledge

Public interest immunity: Tips and traps

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Following a recent Federal Court decision in an ACCC proceeding, we provide guidance to government lawyers claiming public interest immunity over Cabinet documents.

12 March 2021 - Knowledge

Model litigant obligations

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Government, #Local Government

We examine the Government's model litigant obligations, how these obligations are enforced and provide some key tips to help government lawyers comply with these obligations.

01 March 2021 - Knowledge

ACCC compliance and enforcement priorities for 2021 – the impact on your piece of the economic pie

#Competition & Consumer Law

The ACCC has recently announced their compliance and enforcement priorities for 2021. We look at what the announcement entails and highlight the ACCC’s regulatory goals for the year.

16 February 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government

We reflect on some of the key Queensland human rights judgments that have been handed down in the past 12 months and the key takeaways from these judgments that public sector lawyers need to be aware of.

11 November 2020 - Knowledge

Public sector integrity under the spotlight

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

In 2020, issues of integrity in the broader public sector have been put into the spotlight. For those operating in this sector, we look at significant upcoming and recent integrity legislative changes to be aware of.

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