Direct briefing of counsel enables independent, expert, timely and cost-effective advice to obtained. It is useful not only for general & strategic advisory work, but also pre-litigation strategy, mediation and (in appropriate cases) court appearances.
The Association of Corporate Counsel (formerly the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association) has been a supporter of direct briefing for a number of years. As CEO Trish Hyde commented in 2013:
"The benefits of direct briefing are not theoretical, they are real. In my former corporate roles direct briefing gave quick and cost-effective expert opinion on pivotal issues to better inform our approach to strategic issues. When you can access a Silk and gain strategic insight it is a competitive advantage. When you gain such insight on sensitive strategic issues, it is priceless."
Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has deep expertise in the law, legal strategy and dispute resolution, developed over 20 years of legal practice. She is recognised as a "highly commercial and trusted adviser" with the "ability to quickly and comprehensively analyse complex commercial issues and provide sound strategic and practical advice that can be implemented efficiently and effectively.” She was recently Recommended by Doyles Guide 2016 as a Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel NSW.
Ms Hogan-Doran is frequently briefed directly by commercial or government clients for general advisory work, pre-litigation strategy, mediations and (in appropriate cases) court appearances. Her direct briefing clients have been numerous, such as regulators, government enterprises, financial institutions, international trading companies, an ASX-listed media group, and various financial services licensees including APRA-regulated superannuation schemes.
Direct briefing may not be appropriate for more complex matters, in which an external firm of solicitors with better resources to undertake detailed factual investigations, manage large numbers of documents and manage complex litigation can be retained.
Dominique Hogan-Doran SC has close working relationships with full-service and specialist firms of solicitors across Australia and overseas. She can provide assistance to help you decide the right firm of solicitors to assist in more complex matters.