Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has practised widely during her career at the Australian Bar, but with a particular focus on commercial litigation, regulatory matters and public inquiries including ICAC.
She was recognised by Doyle's Guide as a Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel NSW (2016, 2017) and awarded the Barrister of the Year Award at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards (2016).
Dominique has developed a substantial practice advising & appearing in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, acting for regulators, corporations, directors and responsible officers.
She has particular experience in relation to the activities of the financial services sectors regulated by ASIC & APRA (including financial planning & wealth management, securities & options trading, derivatives dealing, managed investments promotion, prudential regulation of superannuation (including defined benefits schemes), insurance, deposit products and non-cash payment products, as well as consumer loans and margin lending).
She has advised and represented ASIC in numerous matters, including in proceedings concerning the issuing of debit and credit cards. She has represented board chairs and senior executives in defending misconduct allegations and class actions. She has also represented customer and investor groups in successful recovery proceedings, including acting for the customers in the winding up of MF Global, and investors in the long-running winding up of the Mews unregistered managed investment scheme in the Federal Court's Victorian Registry including at trial and on appeal.
Dominique's experience in Royal Commissions and commissions of inquiry is extensive, including:
- Junior Counsel Assisting the James Hardie Special Commission of Inquiry (and subsequently for ASIC in the civil penalty proceedings)
- Junior Counsel for global reinsurer Hannover Re in the HIH Insurance Royal Commission (and subsequently against APRA in AAT, Federal Court and High Court proceedings, as well as in defence of a shareholder class action)
- Senior Counsel for RSL LifeCare in the Public Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (chaired by the Hon. Patricia Bergin SC, former Chief Judge in Equity, Supreme Court of NSW), and related investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
- Senior Counsel for the CEO of Greyhound Racing NSW in the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry (chaired by the Hon. Michael McHugh QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia).
She has also acted in numerous ICAC inquiries, including for Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos in Operations Credo (Australian Water Holdings) and Spicer (Political Donations), and the NSW Mine Subsidence Board in Operation Tunic.
Dominique is an accredited Arbitrator and Mediator, with numerous panel appointments, including for the National Broadband Network, the Australian Energy Regulator, the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, and the Gateway Network Governance Body for the Australian Superannuation Transactions Network.
Prior to the Bar, Dominique was a lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Research Director to the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon. A.M. Gleeson AC.
- Commercial Disputes
- Corporations, Securities & Derivatives
- Financial Crime & Corruption
- Financial Markets & Services
- Intellectual Property
- Professional & Directors' Liability
- Property Rights & Investments
- Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement
- Trusts & Probate
- Disciplinary Proceedings
- Judicial Review
- Merits Review
- Royal Commissions & Public Inquiries
- Independent Commission Against Corruption
Barrister's Practice CV
Accredited Arbitrator, Mediator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with numerous panel appointments.
Extensive practice advising & appearing 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.
Wide experience 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).
Varied practice in matters concerning 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.
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.
Appeared in numerous Royal Commissions and inquiries, including as a Counsel Assisting the James Hardie Inquiry.
Acted for senior executives, public officials and government authorities caught up in many of Australia's most high profile corruption investigations and parliamentary inquiries.
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.
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.