Year of Call: 2009
Dale Bampton is a leading junior counsel at the Brisbane and Sydney Bar. She specialises in complex class actions, large-scale commercial litigation, and competition and consumer law.
She has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a recommended junior counsel in commercial litigation.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Dale specialised in class actions as a solicitor at Maurice Blackburn, in the firm’s major projects and class actions division. Since that time, Dale has been involved in a number of high-profile class actions including for the State of Queensland in the Queensland Floods class action, for shareholders in a claim against AWB for its conduct during the UN Oil for Food program, and for DePuy and Johnson & Johnson in a class action brought by patients regarding the design of hip implants. Dale is counsel for the class in the Queensland Energy Class Action which commenced in January 2021.
Dale also specialises in complex litigation and competition and consumer matters. She was recently briefed as counsel in a long-running dispute in the Queensland Supreme Court, between multiple mining entities in relation to a joint venture agreement. She has been briefed in major consumer cases, including ACCC v Optus (and its appeal). Dale has worked on key competition cases, including for Emirates and Singapore airlines in cartel claims brought by the ACCC. She recently appeared for the Treasurer of Queensland in a judicial review application in relation to declarations made in relation to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal under the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997.
Dale has appeared for listed companies (Optus, DePuy/Johnson & Johnson, Emirates, Singapore Airlines), private companies, private individuals (including class members in representative proceedings) and government instrumentalities (Fair Work Ombudsman). She is regularly involved in public interest work with Legal Aid, including migration matters (recently succeeding in a matter, unled, before the Full Federal Court regarding the interpretation of a new provision of the Migration Act), and matters against the police for false imprisonment and battery.
Dale has been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Sydney (lecturing both in International Public Health and Law) and has since 2010 acted as an external consultant to the University of Sydney Jessup mooting team.