Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Doyle's Guide Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel NSW 2016 and 2017.  Accredited Arbitrator, Mediator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with numerous panel appointments.

Undertaken professional development in dispute resolution, including the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, the Diploma in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (North American Branch) and Joint Program on International Arbitration, Columbia Law School & Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (New York Branch), and the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators' Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation.

Industry Regulation & Enforcement

Advises and appears in public sector and regulated entities investigations and enforcement actions, in particular those concerning the corporate governance and conduct of financial institutions & media/telecommunications operators.

Acted in relation to the products and activities of the financial services sectors regulated by ASIC & APRA (including financial planning, securities, derivatives, managed investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit products and non-cash payment products, foreign exchange, & margin lending).   

Property Rights & Investments

Varied practice in matters concerning property rights & investments both domestic and international. Particular expertise in managed investment schemes, acting for clients throughout Australia. Considerable knowledge and experience of company title, community title and strata scheme management and development law. 

Trusts, Probate & Estates

Accredited STEP Trusts & Estates Practitioner (TEP). 

Acts throughout Australia in matters concerning the Trustee Acts, including applications for judicial advice & directions. Particular expertise and practical experience in trustee duties, especially in superannuation context. Acted in numerous probate and estate disputes, acting for executors, canvassing complex issues such as cognitive incapacity, foreign law and property claims.


Acts for a wide range of parties involved in corporate insolvency procedures, including voluntary administration, liquidation, and receivership. Particular experience in the special regimes applying to insolvent investment schemes and financial services providers, duties of responsible officers, and scheme insurance issues. 

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has advised and appeared in numerous Royal Commissions and public inquiries into matters of public importance. See her papers, "Responding to Crisis; Royal Commissions in Australia", University of New South Wales Master of Laws teaching paper for 'Regulation, Litigation & Enforcement' course (2013) and Royal Commissions in Australia- South Australian Bar Association, Adelaide, 20 March 2018.

Her notable cases include:


Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has an extensive practice advising & appearing in public sector and regulated entities investigations and enforcement actions, including acting for:

  • corporate authorised representative of Australian Financial Services Licensee offering self-managed superannuation fund advice and services in ASIC investigation into suspected breaches of the conflicted remuneration prohibitions (2017-2018)
  • ASX Listed company director suspected of insider trading by ASIC (no action letter obtained) (2016-2017)
  • corporate authorised representative of Australian Financial Services Licensee and its directors in appeal against ASIC banning order for breaches of licence conditions (2016)
  • Bank representative re ASIC banning hearing for unlicensed discretionary trading (2015)
  • investment scheme's investor representative in "Mews" unregistered managed investment scheme winding up and associated appeals, Victorian Registry Federal Court (2007-2016)
  • financial planner re recommendations to invest in Trio Capital: Tarrant and ASIC [2013] AATA 926; earlier [2011] AATA 945; (2011) 56 AAR 257;  (2011) 128 ALD 376
  • confidential witness to suspected tax evasion in compulsory examinations by Australian Taxation Office and ASIC: Project Wickenby (2012-2013)
  • disqualified company director in ASIC investigation into suspected management of a corporation whilst disqualified (no further action letter obtained) (2009-2010)
  • APRA investigation & enforcement action into senior insurance managers arising from the HIH Royal Commission (2003-2007) 

Dominique also has extensive experience advising the national regulator, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, including:

  • intervening in One.Tel insurance recovery action, instructed direct: Kerr v CGU Insurance Ltd; Donnelly v CGU Insurance Ltd (2010-2011)
  • re breaches of consumer credit lending laws, instructed direct: ASIC investigation into Australian Lending Centre Pty Ltd (2009-2010)
  • re legality of issue of Westpac Debit MasterCard, instructed direct: Westpac Banking Corporation v ASIC [2009] FCA 1506; (2009) 181 FCR 379
  • lengthy civil penalty proceedings against directors and entities of the James Hardie Group for breaches of directors’  duties and breaches of continuous disclosure obligations, instructed by Clayton Utz: James Hardie civil penalty proceedings [2009] NSWSC 287 and [2009] NSWSC 714
  • re public interest immunity claims re whistleblowers re Wembley Stadium continuous disclosure breach investigation, instructed direct: P Dawson Nominees Pty Ltd v ASIC & Ors [2008] HCATrans 409; ASIC v P Dawson Nominees Pty Ltd [2008] FCAFC 123; (2008) 169 FCR 227; P Dawson Nominees Pty Ltd v Multiplex Ltd [2007] FCA 1659; (2007) 65 ACSR 239
  • re investigation into Offset Alpine & Estate of late Renee Rivkin (2006-2007)

Dominique is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of New South Wales Centre for Law, Markets & Regulation and is an occasional lecturer in the Master of Laws course "Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement".

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has advised and appeared for numerous senior executives, public officials and government authorities caught up in many of Australia's most high profile public corruption investigations. Her notable cases include acting for:

  • Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO in ICAC investigations in relation to his former role as President and Hon. Treasurer, Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) - ICAC Operation Spicer political donations inquiry (2014-2016), and in relation to his former role as Chairman of Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd - ICAC Operation Credo water infrastructure inquiry & related Federal Court claim (2014-2017)
  • Deputy General Manager of the City of Botany Bay Council concerning allegations of misconduct in public office - ICAC Operation Ricco (2017)
  • NSW Mine Subsidence Board in ICAC investigation concerning alleged fraud and inadequacies of contract procurement policies and procedures - ICAC Operation Tunic (2014-2016) 
  • Former Senior Executive General Manager, John Holland Group, Mr Stephen Sasse, in the Trade Union Royal Commission in relation to his negotiations with the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, former AWU National Secretary (now Federal Opposition Leader and Leader of the Australian Labor Party) - Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption & Governance: AWU/Thiess/John Holland Case Study, (2015)
  • Company director re his business dealings with former SHFA senior executive Andrew Kelly in the United Arab Emirates and Cayman Islands: ICAC Operation Vesta Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority leasing practices inquiry (2011)
  • ICAC Operation Ambrosia re fraudulent occupational licensing schemes investigation (2005)
  • Mr Ken Cripps, Director-General, led by Mr G James QC in ICAC Investigation into evaluation conducted by Public Employment Office of position of Director-General, NSW Department of Community Services (1996)

Ms Hogan-Doran SC also confidentially advises witnesses and organisations in relation to their compliance obligations under domestic and international law, with a particular focus on the construction, resources and financial services sectors.

Ms Hogan-Doran SC has undertaken advanced study in US and International Anti-Corruption Law at the American University Washington College of Law and participated in the Ethical Leadership in Business Program with the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne.

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC is a member of the International Bar Association's Regulation Committee, the Australian Bar Association's International Committee, the American Bar Association (International Division) and the Law Council of Australia's International Section. She previously Chaired the Law Council of Australia's Globalisation (Export of Legal Services) Working Group.

Dominique travels widely, speaking at international events on cross-border regulation, investment and commercial issues, including at conferences in London, Hong Kong, and Fiji.

Since 2016, Ms Hogan-Doran has served as an Australian delegate to the G20 Business Dialogue (B20), initially under the 2017 German Presidency (with appointments to the Trade & Investment Taskforce and the Anti-Corruption and Responsible Business Conduct Cross-thematic Working Group) and the 2018 Argentinian Presidency (as a member of the new Integrity & Compliance Taskforce).

Dominique is an accredited international Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2014 she was awarded 100% in the Chartered Institute's international commercial arbitration Award Writing examination. 

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC provides trusted counsel to government, multi-national corporations, SMEs, directors and executives on a wide range of international and cross-border disputes and regulatory enforcement.

Her international legal practice includes:

  • Anti-Corruption & Foreign Bribery Law
  • AML/CTF Law
  • Cross-border Insolvency
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Financial Regulation
  • Investor-State Disputes
  • Joint-Venture Disputes
  • Oil, Gas and Resources Investments
  • Trade Law

She is a confidential advisor to witnesses and organisations in relation to responsible business conduct and compliance obligations under domestic and international law, with a particular focus on the construction, resources and financial services sectors.

"Dominique Hogan-Doran SC epitomises the ideal, modern-day Senior Counsel. She is agile, technologically savvy, has a great rapport with clients which she combines with her vast technical skills, experience and strategic advocacy. In a recent high profile Commission of Inquiry in which we instructed Dominique, she was able to work quickly, within a very short timeframe and under a great deal of pressure, to help produce a stellar outcome for our client."

– Partner, Clayton Utz Lawyers

"We have briefed Dominique on a number of occasions regarding more complex corporate, liability and superannuation issues. Dominique’s approach to problem solving and advising is to efficiently gather context and focus on key issues and outcomes, with an eye out for collateral issues and down the track consequences. Dominique’s advice is pithy, to the point and highly accessible for non-legal audiences. This is why Dominique is our 'go-to' for advice on challenging matters."

- General Counsel, Australian industry superannuation scheme in energy sector

“Dominique is a highly skilled specialist counsel in financial services and related matters, and able to draw upon her depth of experience to provide clear and practical advice.” 

– Partner, Hall & Wilcox Lawyers

“Dominique is a highly commercial and trusted adviser. She has the ability to quickly and comprehensively analyse complex commercial issues and provide sound strategic and practical advice that can be implemented efficiently and effectively.” 

– Senior Executive, International construction group

"Dominique is an exceptional barrister/lawyer who truly understands financial services."

- CEO, Australian industry superannuation scheme in energy sector

“I first met Dominique when she was Counsel Assisting in a large Commission of Inquiry in which I was involved. I found Dominique then to be an impressive counsel, very knowledgeable about the law, and a skilled advocate. 

Later, when I required an advice and assistance at a mediation, I engaged Dominique and was again equally impressed. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dominique for any matter.” 

– Owner, International e-technology firm

"I had the great pleasure of working with Dominique as her client throughout 2012/13, as the Head of the CFD client group and as a member of the COI in the matter of the Liquidation of MF Global Australia by Deloitte. Dominique was literally astounding in her lightning assimilation of both the complex financial instruments involved & the implications for the various competing client groups. Her early involvement dedication & skill was without doubt instrumental in the successful return of over 90% of client funds!"

 - Director, Australian financial services licensee

“Dominique is an exceptionally talented, results focussed, technically superlative lawyer. I worked with Dominique in a mega litigation matter and could not have been more impressed with her enthusiasm, creativity and output.” 

– Partner, Clayton Utz Lawyers

“I engaged Dominique and worked with her on a public interest immunity claim on a large, complex matter in the Federal Court. Dominique has formidable intellectual capacity, she is brilliant academically and is a wonderful advocate. Dominique also demonstrated enormous commitment and worked incredibly hard.” 

– Senior Lawyer, Market Integrity, ASIC

“I have had the good fortune to work with Dominique over a number of years and consider her to be my ‘go to’ counsel. Dominique has brought intelligence, perception and an amazing work ethic to every matter on which I have briefed her.

Dominique is an excellent advocate, provides accurate and pragmatic advice and has displayed a superb manner in dealing with diverse clients and opposing counsel. I commend her without hesitation.” 

– Senior Lawyer, ASIC

“I came to know Ms Hogan-Doran during a lengthy investigation that the ICAC was conducting. She represented a witness during proceedings. Her manner was professional and discrete; she is hard working and reliable. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms Hogan-Doran for any matter.” 

– Principal Solicitor, ICAC

"Dominique undertook a very lengthy and arduous legal defence that culminated in a successful outcome.  Her "hands on" approach was of great assistance and help to those of us unfamiliar with the legal system."

- Director, home unit company

"Dominique provided sound advice in a complex matter with impressive speed and expertise. I would highly recommend her services. She is reliable, accessible and will canvas numerous options for tackling unusual cases."

- Corporate Counsel, telecommunications company

"Dominique understood our area of concern and addressed it in a thinking, constructive and strategic manner."

- Director, Snedden Hall & Gallop, Canberra