Dominique Hogan-Doran SC


Dominique Hogan-Doran SC is a Senior Counsel of the Australian Bar. She specialises in corporate and commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and enforcement action, and public inquiries involving governance & integrity issues.

Dominique conducts a national practice from chambers in: Sydney - 5 Wentworth Chambers, Melbourne - Douglas Menzies Chambers, and Adelaide - Jeffcott Chambers.

Dominique is recognised by Best Lawyers - Australia 2020 for Litigation, and has been consistently recommended by Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as a Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel since her appointment as Senior Counsel. She is also recognised as a Leading Mediator, as Principal of Phillip Street Mediation, and is an accredited Arbitrator and FCIArb, with numerous panel appointments. Dominique was recognised as the Barrister of the Year at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards


Admission to Legal Practice: 30 June 1994

Master of Laws - University of Sydney (1993-1994, 2002-2003) 

Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class Honours) - Balliol College, University of Oxford (1994-1995)

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice - University of Technology, Sydney (College of Law) (1993)

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) - University of Sydney (1988-1992)

Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) - University of Sydney (1988-1990)


Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship to Oxford University (1994-1995)

Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard University (1993) (not taken up)

University of Sydney Convocation Medal for academic excellence and outstanding contribution to University life (1993)

University of Sydney:
- Nancy Gordon Smith Prize for Honours at Graduation in Law (3rd in year) (1992)
- Tress Cox Maddox Scholarship in Law (1991)
- Phillips Fox John L. Mant Scholarship in Law (1990)
- Aaron Levine Prize in Criminal Law (1990)
- Pitt Corbett Prizes (1989-1991)


Program on Negotiation and Leadership - Harvard University

Practitioner's Certificate in Mediation - Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia

Company Directors Course - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Trustee Directors Course - Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

US & International Anti-Corruption Law - American University Washington College of Law

Joint Program on International Arbitration - Columbia Law School & Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (New York Branch)


Mediation Panels

Supreme Court of New South Wales – Mediators Panel

District Court of New South Wales – Mediators Panel

Australian Franchising Code of Conduct – Mediators Panel

Asian International Arbitration Centre – Mediators Panel

Arbitration Panels

Australian Energy Regulator – Arbitral Pool

National Broadband Network – Arbitral Pool

Essential Services Commission of South Australia – Arbitral Panel

Economic Regulatory Authority of Western Australia – Arbitral Panel

Gateway Network Governance Body – Disputes Resolution Panel

Asian International Arbitration Centre - Arbitrators Panel

External Appointments

Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand
- Professional Conduct Committee

Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Law Policy Committee

University of New South Wales
- Adjunct Associate Professor

Legal Profession Associations

International Bar Association
- Bar Regulation Committee

Australian Bar Association
- Futures Committee (Chair)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
– Fellow


Academic Appointments

Australian Graduate School of Management - Executive MBA Adjunct Lecturer (2000-2002)

University of New South Wales Faculty of Law - Adjunct Lecturer in Contracts (2000-2002)

University of Technology Sydney - Lecturer in Statutory Interpretation (1995)

University of Sydney - Tutor in Evidence (1993-1994), Tutor in Constitutional Law (1995)

Legal Profession Employment

Mallesons Stephen Jaques - Lawyer (1993-1994)

Research Director to the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon. Murray Gleeson AC (1993)

Research Assistant to Professor James Crawford, Dean of Law, University of Sydney (1992)

Freehill, Hollingdale & Page - Paralegal (1989-1991)

University Leadership

University of Sydney Union - President & Director (1989-1991)

Wentworth Annexe Limited - Director (1990-1991)

University of Sydney Union Superannuation Fund - Trustee Director (1990-1991)

External Appointments

G20 Business Dialogue (B20) - Australian Delegate

  • G20 Germany (2017) - Trade & Investment Taskforce; Responsible Business Conduct & Anti-Corruption Cross-Thematic Group

  • G20 Argentina (2018) - Integrity & Compliance Taskforce

Legal Profession Associations

Law Council of Australia - Future of the Legal Profession Committee (2015-2017), Equalising Opportunities in the Law Committee (2004-2012)

NSW Bar Association (various periods, between 1999-2016) - Professional Conduct Committee, Costs & Fees Committee, Equal Opportunity Committee, Health & Wellbeing Committee, Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Justice Working Party

Australian Women Lawyers - President (2002-2003), Director (1999-2003)

Women Lawyers Association of NSW - President (1999-2001)

Not-for-Profit Directorships

Trustee, Club Plus Superannuation (2015-2017)

  • Audit & Risk Committee

  • Investment Committee

  • Insurance & Claims Committee

Trustee, Menzies Foundation (2004)

Director, National Foundation for Australian Women (2004)

“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

“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

“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, ASIC

“I have worked with and briefed Dominique on a number of matters involving Commissions of Inquiry and value her expert advice. She provides intelligent, commonsense counsel in a timely manner and is highly professional and easy to deal with under pressure.”

- Partner, Hall & Wilcox

“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, Industry Super Fund Trustee

“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

“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

“I have had the good fortune to work with Dominique over a number of years and considered 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 had the great pleasure of working with Dominique as her client throughout 2012/13, as the Head of the Contracts for Difference (CFD) client group and as a member of the Committee of Inspection 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!”

 - Committee of Inspection, MF Global (Australia) (in liq)“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

“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 have briefed Dominique both in private practice and directly as in-house counsel. Dominique has a razor sharp mind and is a pleasure to work with. Like all good barristers, she is prepared to take on other views and, where appropriate, reconsider her position. Dominique is also prepared to, appropriately, question her instructions but does so in a diplomatic manner that does not compromise the position of those instructing her. Dominique has an excellent awareness of commercial considerations and the need to ensure that an outcome meets the client's commercial objectives. I would not hesitate to recommend Dominique."

- General Counsel, Industry Super Fund Trustee

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