Area of expertise

Commercial Law

  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Professional Negligence

Danielle Snell

Special Counsel LLB, BA

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7307

Danielle is a highly skilled litigator with more than a decade of experience in managing commercial litigation and insurance law matters in all Victorian jurisdictions.

Danielle has expertise in managing professional indemnity litigation brought against a wide range of construction professionals, including engineers, architects and building surveyors as well as other groups of professionals such as lawyers, accountants, financial planners, auditors, mortgage originators and real estate agents.

In addition, Danielle has extensive experience defending claims made against Victorian councils and water authorities. She has advised local government councillors and staff, universities, private schools and trustees on all aspects of liability matters.

As a litigator, Danielle’s credentials include conducting wide ranging multi-party and class action disputes, including a number of high profile proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The 2020 edition of renowned legal directory The Legal 500 notes our Construction team as ‘Responsive, pragmatic, commercial, and true expertise’ and offering ‘Technical expertise balanced with pragmatic commercial drafting and solutions’.

Some of her major cases include:

  • Defending a Victorian council in Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings in which damages of over $15 million were sought by a property developer who alleged that a planning permit had been granted negligently by the council due to the land’s proximity to a former council rubbish tip
  • Representing a firm of lawyers alleged to have negligently recommended to a property developer client that it repudiate a contract of sale resulting in alleged losses in excess of $8 million. This was a multi-party proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Acting on behalf of a Victorian rural water authority in relation to multiple claims arising from flooding in northern Victoria in early 2011, the largest of which involved a claim for physical damage and loss of profits brought an agricultural business seeking damages of more than $15 million
  • Successfully defending a Victorian council alleged to have negligently approved a planning permit by failing to obtain a certificate of compliance from a registered building surveyor prior to the granting of the permit, resulting in alleged losses totalling $2 million.

Professional Membership

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Women in Insurance