Danielle Gleeson

Danielle Gleeson – Special Counsel

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts

Danielle Gleeson was admitted to practice in 2003 and is Special Counsel with Unified Lawyers specialising primarily in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resoultion.

Prior to joining and leading the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Unified Lawyers, Danielle worked for a well-respected small mid-tier commercial litigation law firm in Sydney where she continued to be involved in a wide variety of increasingly complex commercial litigation work.

Danielle is experienced in complex litigation and smaller disputes in various Courts and Tribunals throughout Australia. She acts for a wide range of clients including multinational insurers, nationwide financial lenders, insolvency practitioners, directors and individuals in relation to all aspects of corporate collapses and bankruptcies, high net-worth individuals, small and medium sized enterprises, individuals and families facing financial difficulty and requiring the appointment a litigation tutor.

Danielle is focused on achieving the best possible commercial result for all her clients, including aggressive representation for clients in Court. Danielle also enjoys guiding clients through the alternative dispute resolution process, including mediations.

Danielle has completed the Advanced Insolvency Program through the Queensland University of Technology.

Danielle has over 15 years experience in the following areas of practice:

Commercial Litigation
- Bankruptcy / Insolvency
Building and Construction Disputes
- Trust Disputes
Recovery of outstanding Debts and Insured Losses
- Trade Mark Disputes
- Enforcement of Security Interests including the appointment of insolvency practitioners
- Advice on the Personal Property Securities Act (Cth)
Insurance Law
- Shareholder Disputes / Partnership Disputes
- Corporations Law
- Equity
- Trade Practices & Competition

Case Examples

INSOLVENCY – acted for a billionaire American director of a United States food-based company with subsidiaries in Australia and NZ which held assets in excess of $50 million. Advised director on ongoing disputes with Receivers, Liquidators, Australian and USA Federal Police (proceeds of crime) and the ATO. Numerous interlocutory applications including competing international abuse of process applications, assisting USA lawyers with the ongoing USA cases against the director.

BANKRUPTCY – acted for various Registered Trustees in Bankruptcy for recoveries against Bankrupts and individuals facing Bankruptcy / Personal Insolvency Agreements / Annulments of Bankruptcy.

COMMERCIAL – acted for a national building company defending proceedings in the Supreme Court Commercial List for breach of contract and negligence, in relation to the collapse of a mobile crane. Multi-million dollar claim by crane’s insurer; complex cross claims between client and head contractor; advised client on contesting denial of insurance cover; advised client directors on WorkCover investigations and prosecutions and allegations of fraud against head contractor.

PPSA – advised various Insolvency Professionals, directors and companies on priority disputes relating to the PPSA, as well as validity of registrations on the PPSR.

IP/TRADE MARK DISPUTE – acted for Australian burger chain against USA burger chain in the Federal Court of Australia.

CONTRACT / PARTNERSHIP DISPUTES – numerous business disputes between partners / directors of professional services firms such as financial planners, liquidators, and accountants as well as property developers.

COURT-APPOINTED RECEIVER – acted for Receiver in relation to partnership dispute with $10 million in real property assets, effecting sale of the assets, providing ongoing advice to Receiver during many further interlocutory disputes between the litigious partners before the Supreme Court of NSW, including appeals to the Court of Appeal.

MISREPRESENTATION – acted for investor group in a gold mine collapse on misrepresentation claims against who were misled into the investment. The director purchased the gold mine in his own name and sold it without the investors receiving any returns when the defendant company was placed into liquidation. Claims exceeding $5 million.

LOAN GUARANTEE / INSOLVENT TRADING – acted for a director of a printing company in ongoing dispute with shadow directors who provided financial support to the printing company. Company placed into liquidation and liquidator suing directors for insolvent trading, with the directors and shadow directors cross claiming against each other. Potential claims ranging up to $4 million.

TRADE CREDIT INSURANCE – acted for various multinational trade credit insurance companies on defending insureds’ claims for cover, including Coface, Euler Hermes and Atradius; provided very urgent advice on validity of claims upon unconditional bonds offered by multinational financial institutions and insurers.

INSOLVENCY – advising Liquidators and Directors on unfair preference claims and other voidable transaction claims, as well as advising high net worth individuals and directors on disputes with Liquidators and Bankruptcy Trustees in Family Law contexts.

EQUITY – acted for a franchisee evicted from his business by the franchisor for unpaid royalties. Prosecuted Supreme Court Equity proceedings for relief against forfeiture, or alternatively equitable compensation. Settled at second mediation, upon terms which resulted in client receiving proceeds of sale of the franchise, less outstanding royalties, ie, approximately $250,000 paid to client.

DEBT RECOVERY / SECURITY ENFORCEMENT – acted for a national financial institutions and retail bulk buying companies to enforce numerous mortgage defaults against borrowers in Supreme Court of New South Wales, Supreme Court of Victoria and Supreme Court of Queensland, in respect of outstanding loan accounts ranging between $50,000 and $1,000,000, and defending numerous applications for stay of judgment.

EMPLOYMENT – acted for senior executive at multinational health insurer on breach of employment contract post termination; settlement resulted in 6 months lump sum payout and future bonuses.