Bianca is a Senior Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Brisbane Disputes team. Bianca’s practice focuses on assisting clients to resolve complex commercial issues, with particular expertise in managing contractual disputes. She has experience in a wide range of dispute types and forums for their resolution, including litigation, class actions, commissions of inquiry, regulatory investigations, mediation and negotiation.
Bianca excels not only as an expert legal advisor, but as a respected manager, mentor and leader. She is committed to promoting and protecting human rights, including through her pro bono practice and as a member of HSF’s Global Business & Human Rights Working Group. Bianca is also Co-Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills’ IRIS (LGBT+) Network, an active Mental Health Champion, Reconciliation Action Plan champion and Equal Opportunity Contact Officer. Bianca is regularly sought out for her insights and expertise in diversity and inclusion, mental wellbeing, dispute resolution and strategic partnerships.
Bianca is known for her technical skills and strategic acumen. Her experience includes:
- acting for a major mining company in complex judicial review proceedings against the Queensland Office of State Revenue. Instrumental leadership role, including strategic planning and execution leading to a successful pre-trial settlement
- acting for a joint venture in a series of contractual disputes and litigation in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Responsible for overall project management. Integral role in successfully settling all claims at mediation
- acting for a retailer in investigations and proceedings brought by the ACCC concerning allegations of unfair contract terms and false or misleading conduct
- advising an iconic Queensland company on a strategic review of their business model, including legal, reputational and commercial considerations. Working closely with an external management consultant firm to support the Legal Counsel and Board
- advising a government statutory corporation on Business and Human Rights obligations including in relation to Modern Slavery reporting requirements and best practice
- advising a medical services organisation in sensitive settlement negotiations
- acting for a listed Australian company in multi-jurisdictional investigations into anti-bribery and corruption risks and potential violations of anti-corruption laws
- assisting global NGO, Focus on Labour Exploitation, in the development of their labour exploitation accountability hub
Bianca commenced her career with the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria and was gazetted as a mediator in 2008. After a number of years with Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne, including corporate and community secondments, Bianca moved to remote Central Australia in 2014 to undertake a senior consulting and engagement role with Empowered Communities, a cutting-edge Indigenous reform project. She returned to Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015 and relocated to Brisbane.
Bianca holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Major) from Monash University. She recently completed her Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Melbourne, where her research focused on the link between workplace inclusion and mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession.
In 2014, Bianca won the Law Institute of Victoria’s Rising Star of the Year Award and, in 2016, she was named a Rising Star by Australasian Lawyer. Bianca received the 2019 Kathryn Everett Leadership Fellowship for Women, which she will use to undertake an intensive leadership course at Harvard University.