Danielle Forrester

Call 2014
Email danielle.forrester@banco.net.au
Phone +61 2 8239 0215

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Danielle is an experienced junior counsel adept in commercial, regulatory, and public and administrative law matters.

In commercial matters, Danielle appears in large, high profile matters that raise difficult questions of fact and law. Her most recent appearances in this area include appearing for Epic Games, developer of the international video game Fortnite, in private enforcement proceedings against Apple under Australian competition and consumer law, being led by Neil Young QC, Nicholas De Young QC and Professor Chester Brown. Danielle was also recently led by Richard McHugh SC in the Federal Court, appearing for the respondent in successfully defending regulatory proceedings brought by ASIC under the National Credit Code. Danielle has also appeared in disqualification proceedings brought by APRA in the Federal Court in relation to major superannuation fund IOOF led by Noel Hutley SC and was briefed in appeal proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia concerning the merger of major Australian transport logistics companies Aurizon and Pacific National.

In regulatory matters, Danielle appears led and unled and has acted both for and against regulators at the Commonwealth and State Levels. This has recently included regulatory prosecutions brought by the ACCC in relation to misconduct by tertiary education providers and other consumer law cases, and licensing proceedings such as racing appeals tribunal hearings. Danielle has also recently appeared unled in NCAT proceedings in professional disciplinary matters instructed by the NSW Health Professional Councils Authority.

In public and administrative law matters, Danielle has been briefed led and unled to advise and appear in matters involving difficult questions of constitutional law and statutory construction. She has appeared led in the High Court, most recently for the Director -General of National Archives in the “Palace Letters” case, and has advised and appeared in migration matters, and regulatory proceedings of all kinds involving judicial review applications and constitutional law issues. Danielle has also recently appeared in appeal proceedings in the ACT Court of Appeal in proceedings under the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (Cth) associated with the prosecution of Bernard Collaery. Danielle's expertise has been recognised by the Doyles Guide, in which she is listed as a leading public and administrative law junior barrister in Australia.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Danielle was a solicitor at AGS and Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth (in the latter role, working to both Stephen Gageler SC and subsequently Justin Gleeson SC).