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Robert Downey



Rob was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December 1999.  He commenced work with the national firm, Phillips Fox, in the areas of energy, corporate law and mining.  His time at Phillips Fox included a period of secondment with the Water Corporation.


In 2001 Rob joined Blakiston & Crabb, an independent resource/corporate/commercial law firm based in Perth.  While at Blakiston & Crabb, Rob specialised in advising oil and gas and mining companies in relation to a wide range of legal issues, including initial public offerings; prospectuses for equity and debt raisings, takeovers and reverse takeovers, schemes of arrangement and other types of corporate transactions.


Rob also developed an expertise advising both Australian and foreign incorporated entities on dual listings and cross jurisdiction capital raising and listing rule advice particularly with respect to the TSX-V and AIM markets. Following this experience Rob acted as General Counsel for a Canadian oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Europe and Africa overseeing the dual listing on the TSX-V and AIM, the raising of £50 million and the subsequent takeover of the company by way of scheme of arrangement.


After practicing in this area for many years, Rob established a small corporate advisory firm during 2005 and was involved with the IPO listings of various mining and oil and gas companies on the ASX as well as many dual listed companies.  Rob has held, and continues to hold, directorships of many publicly listed companies and regularly advises board of issues of governance and strategy.


Rob subsequently worked as a principal for three years at Perth firm Thompson Downey Cooper before founding Dominion Legal in 2016 to provide specialist and entirely client focused legal services to his clients.


Catherine Elphick


Catherine was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in March 2000.  Prior to joining Dominion Legal, she worked for 18 years at a large national, then international, law firm in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution and regulatory advice.


Catherine specialises in health advisory law including medical liability and associated litigation.  She acts for private health care providers, together with medical practitioners (including general practitioners, plastic surgeons, emergency physicians, obstetricians, paediatricians, pathologists, gynaecologists, anaesthetists, psychiatrists, cardiologists and surgeons), nurses, midwives, psychologists and other associated health professionals.


Catherine handles matters ranging from suboptimal patient outcome claims through to more complex matters involving deaths under anaesthetic, catastrophic birth injuries, missed diagnosis, wrongful births, inaccurate pathology and imaging interpretation, retained instruments, drug overdoses, mismanaged resuscitations, equipment and sterilisation failure and suboptimal ICU care.  In addition to handling claims, Catherine also provides general advice to clients in relation to clinical governance issues, compliance with legislation and regulation relevant to the health care industry.


Catherine has trial experience in both the District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia and in the appellate jurisdictions of the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.  She also has extensive experience in coronial inquiries and inquests relating to unexpected deaths in hospital and palliative care settings in the Coroner’s Court.


In addition to health advisory law, Catherine also has experience in managing claims involving captive insurance schemes, double insurance, complex insurance and indemnity arrangements and dust diseases litigation.


Catherine has advised all those involved in the health care industry including major institutional medical malpractice and liability underwriters, private health care providers (large and small), hospital operators, hospital executives, pathology laboratories, medical imaging service providers and individual health practitioners employed by the above. 


Catherine has written papers and articles on developments in the law relating to liability insurance and tort law.  She regularly holds seminars and workshops to brief clients on various aspects of risk management, medico-legal litigation and relevant legislative changes.  She has previously spoken at national health care professionals’ conferences and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and workshops organised by her clients.


Catherine has previously sat on the Law Society of Western Australia’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and participated in the Law Reform Commissions ongoing Review of Coronial Practices and Procedures in WA.  Catherine has also sat as a member of a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).



Our consultants have a broad range of experience arising out of many years working specialist law firms and large national and international law firms for local, national and international clients.  Our consultants practice in the following areas:


  • Domestic banking

  • Projects and finance (including limited and non-recourse financings in the commodities and resources sectors)

  • Restructuring (both Australian and international)

  • Property and mining project financing transactions

  • Construction law (disputes and design issues)

  • Commercial litigation (general litigation issues, breach of directors' and officers' fiduciary duties, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, breaches of trust, and disputed share sale agreements)

  • Wills, estates and succession / inheritance law

  • Intellectual property and associated litigation

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