Nikoletta is a government lawyer with experience in administrative law, statutory interpretation, FOI, contracts and litigation. She has a deep understanding of the government sector, and a practical understanding of decision-making principles, having spent a number of years identifying and managing risk as a senior lawyer for a Commonwealth agency. Nikoletta is known for giving pragmatic, sensible advice and has established a reputation for being an approachable and trusted advisor.
Nikoletta has extensive experience advising on statutory interpretation to regulators, such as the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, by giving straightforward and practical advice. She has advised on a range of domestic and international laws, including the Navigation Act 2012, Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012, Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1988.
Nikoletta has acted for and advised Commonwealth agencies on litigation in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court. She has also acted on behalf of private sector clients before the Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, Federal Court, Family Court, and Supreme and District Courts of NSW.
Nikoletta has drafted and reviewed high value and operationally critical contracts for Commonwealth agencies, most recently drafting the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System contract for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Inquiries and investigations
Nikoletta has acted for and advised Commonwealth agencies on multiple coronial inquiries. She has also worked closely with regulatory investigators to assist them in producing considered and accurate briefs of evidence for the CDPP.
Nikoletta has advised on administrative decision making, including drafting show cause notices and statements of reasons. She has advised decision makers on adopting strategies and processes to ensure robust and defensible decisions are made to withstand review.