Damien studied Arts and Law at the University of Queensland and completed a Masters of Law at Cambridge, being awarded First Class honours together with the Lady Foundress’ Prize for Pembroke College.  He was admitted to the Bar in 1995 and became a Nationally Accredited Mediator in 2017 before taking silk in 2018.

Damien has a varied practice as counsel, regularly appearing in commercial matters in the state and federal courts, as well as acting for doctors, patients and hospitals in major medicolegal litigation, acting in commissions of inquiry and inquests and appearing in general legal disputes such as property and personal injuries matters. He also has a busy practice as a mediator and is regularly engaged in that role by the private and public sectors.

BA, LLB (Hons) (UQ)

LLM (Cantab) (1st Class)

May 1995 – Queensland Bar

National Accredited Mediator 2017

Queen’s (now King’s) Counsel, 2018

Order of Australia Medal, 2019 (services to young people)

Board Member, Medico-Legal Society of Queensland

Chair, Human Rights Committee, Bar Association of Queensland

Chair, Youth Advocacy Centre, Brisbane

Director, Micah Projects Pty Ltd

Lee Group Charters Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2016] FCA 322 (7 April 2016) (led by John de Wijn QC)

Sino Iron Pty Ltd & Anor v Palmer & Anor (No 3) [2015] QSC 94 (4 May 2015) (led by Simon Couper QC)

Cruise Oz Pty Ltd v AAI Ltd [2015] QSC 215 (29 July 2015) (unled)

Brown v Logan City Council [2019] QSC 46 (8 March 2019) (unled, contra Keith Wilson QC)

Barker v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] QSC 310 (20 December 2016) (unled)

Francis v MSF Sugar Limited [2020] QSC 16 (25 February 2020) (leading Jo Sorbello)

Atkinson Damien


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