Called to the Bar in 2005, Donna has developed a specialised practice in coronial law and disciplinary proceedings involving health practitioners.
With a depth of experience in these areas of law, Donna frequently appears as Counsel Assisting the Coroner and for interested parties and large government departments in coronial inquests and inquiries. She also appears for a diverse set of clients in disciplinary matters, including doctors, psychologists and midwives, as well as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Council of NSW.
Donna’s extensive family law practice extends to appearing as counsel in matters involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and Supreme Court adoption proceedings. She appears on behalf of parents, the Independent Children’s Lawyer, intervenors or the Central Authority (in Hague Convention matters).
Her practice sees her regularly appearing in the Coroner’s Court of NSW, Family Court of Australia, Supreme Court of NSW and the Occupational Division of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Donna practised for almost a decade as a solicitor with Legal Aid NSW and the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office, with a strong focus on family and child welfare law and administrative law. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts.