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: 

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.


Principal Areas

Commercial

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Corporations, Securities & Derivatives
  • Financial Crime & Corruption
  • Financial Markets & Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insolvency
  • Professional & Directors' Liability
  • Property Rights & Investments
  • Regulatory Investigations & Enforcement
  • Superannuation
  • Trusts & Probate 

Administrative

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
  • Royal Commissions & Public Inquiries
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption

Barrister's Practice CV

On request.

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.

Industry Regulation & Enforcement

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).    

Property Rights & Investments

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. 

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.

Royal Commissions & Public Inquiries

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.

Insolvency

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 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 is an accredited international Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She was awarded 100% in the Chartered Institute's international commercial arbitration Award Writing exam. 

In 2016-17, Dominique served as an Australian delegate to the G20 Business Dialogue (B20) under the German Presidency, with appointments to the Trade & Investment Taskforce and the Anti-Corruption and Responsible Business Conduct Cross-thematic Working Group.

Dominique is a member of the International Bar Association, LAWASIA, the American Bar Association (International Division) and the Law Council of Australia's International Section.

Dominique served as a member of the IBA's Bar Issues Commission Regulation Subcommittee, and Chaired the Law Council of Australia's Globalisation (Export of Legal Services) Working Group.

She travels widely, speaking at international events on cross-border regulation, investment and commercial issues. 

"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