Danika is passionate about assisting her clients to identify and thoroughly address health and safety issues. Danika is regularly called on by clients to provide advice in the aftermath of a workplace incident, and often advises on notification obligations, internal investigation and communication processes, dealing with safety regulators and inspectors and responding to notices and requests for information. Danika has also represented individual workers involved in workplace incidents, including during voluntary and coercive interview processes with safety regulators.
Danika is highly experienced in conducting safety litigation, having been involved in defending a number of safety prosecution proceedings brought against clients in the Queensland Magistrates Court and subsequent appeal proceedings in the Queensland District Court and Court of Appeal. Danika has also assisted a number of clients to successfully negotiate enforceable undertakings as an alternative to prosecution proceedings.
Danika has been recognised as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ for Workplace Health and Safety by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2017 and 2018.
Danika has broad experience all areas of general and industry specific health and safety laws including:
- workplace incidents, investigations and regulatory enforcement activities, including defence of prosecution proceedings
- coronial investigations and inquests
- contractor engagement and management strategies
- interaction between safety regimes and managing interface issues
- legal compliance auditing and reporting
Danika holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. Danika also holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.
Danika is also trained as a Mental Health First Aid Officer.