Abigail Davies

ChambersFrancis Burt Chambers
Street AddressLevel 16, Allendale Square, 77 St George's Terrace, Perth Western Australia 6000
Postal AddressGPO Box C122 , Perth Western Australia 6839
DX AddressDX 182, Perth
Telephone(08) 9220 0313
Mobile0488 663 314
Fax(08) 9325 9008
Emailadavies@francisburt.com.au
Websitehttp://www.francisburt.com.au
Year Admitted to Practice 1995 (WA)
Year Elected to WABA2015
Year Appointed QC/SC
QualificationsBA (UWA), LLB (UWA), LLM (Melb), accredited mediator

Expertise

For more than 20 years Abigail has been a legal advocate, adviser, mediator and arbitrator principally in commercial cases:
 
1.     Mining and resources law cases in the Warden’s Court and administrative law cases in the Supreme Court;
2.     Industrial relations disputes and Native title in the Federal Court;
3.     Negligence and personal injury cases in the District Court;
4.      Prosecutions for breach of directors duties;
5.     Resolving building disputes;
6.     Resolving administrative law and vocational regulation cases in the State Administrative Tribunal;
 
Recently she has also conducted numerous assessments of complaints of historic child sexual abuse in religious organisations and expanded her practice to family law.
 
Practical experience
 
In the first 5 years of her more than 20 years as a lawyer Abigail worked with the mining and resources group of a law firm with cases in the Warden's Court, appeals to the Supreme Court, and native title cases in the Federal Court.   
 
Abigail spent nine months in the Industrial Relations group in the firm’s Sydney office.
 
As a litigator with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission Abigail prosecuted directors for claimed breach of directors' duties. 
 
She consolidated her experience in her role as legal counsel and company secretary for a multi-national mining company.
 
She managed a wide range of litigation matters, including claims in the Supreme Court for breach of contract and misleading conduct,  District Court actions for negligence, Industrial Relations Commission WA and Fair Work Australia cases for claimed unfair dismissal, Federal Court native title cases, plaints for forfeiture in Warden’s Court and numerous judicial review proceedings in the Land & Environment Court in NSW.
 
Since 2011 Abigail has been a senior sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal, presiding over or mediating building disputes, complaints against lawyers, and vocational regulation cases.  She appears as an advocate in the tribunal in other categories of cases.  In 2016 Abigail was also appointed an arbitrator at WorkCoverWA.
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Administrative & Constitutional
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Consumer Protection
  • Coronial Inquiries
  • Corporations
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Discrimination Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environment
  • Equity
  • Family & De Facto
  • Industrial Law
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Local Government
  • Mining Law
  • Native Title
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Trade Practices

Liability limited by a Scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation