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.
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 complimented 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 compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 including privacy complaints, breaches and OIC and QCAT proceedings.
advising on scope of right to information obligations.
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.