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Litigation and Dispute Resolution experience
Cara provides effective representation of her clients in merits and judicial review proceedings, and is experienced in moving with the twists and turns of a litigated matter. Cara has had carriage of matters from application to resolution, which entails attending all initial directions hearings and conferences, drafting statements of position and submissions, and appearing as a solicitor advocate at the hearing of matter, or briefing counsel.
As a strategic thinker, Cara’s approach to litigation management involves establishing an initial case strategy that takes into account the existing legislation, case law and relevant policy position, the available evidence and the potential risks for her client from a prospects and reputational standpoint. As new evidence or changes in the client’s policy position come to light, Cara seeks to adapt the case strategy.
In addition to running litigation matters to hearing, Cara has also facilitated and participated in alternative dispute resolution processes, including participating in conciliations and conferences with an aim for resolution. Cara places great importance on ensuring that her dealings with other parties during the litigation and alternative dispute resolution process are respectful and representative of her client’s values and policy position.
Cara Sullivan is a Sydney-based lawyer with over five years’ experience working with the Australian Government.
Since beginning her career as an Associate at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Cara has since gained considerable experience working with a diverse range of Australian Government clients in administrative law, litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory work.
Cara has strong representational and litigation management skills, and is capable of managing high volume and complex litigation. Cara has experience in briefing external lawyers and counsel, and has appeared as a solicitor advocate for various clients in proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Circuit Court.
Cara is experienced in statutory interpretation and administrative law, and regularly advises of the efficacy of administrative decision making and underlying decision-making processes.
Cara also contributes to Proximity’s commitment to community service and pro bono work. Cara loves the ocean and exploring Australia’s coastlines with her friends and family. Outside of the office, she can usually be found at the nearest beach with a good book.