Full Name: Mr Daniel P Lorbeer
Phone: 9225 7219
Phone: +61 3 9225 7219
Mobile: 417854775
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 907
Date of Admission: 5 Dec 2008
Called to the Bar: 30 Apr 2015


Daniel Lorbeer practises in commercial law.

He accepts briefs both to appear and to do written work in disputes between businesses, insurance litigation, professional negligence, directors' and officers' duties, banking and financial services (Chapter 7) matters, personal and corporate insolvency and shareholder and partnership disputes. He works effectively both with and without a leader.

Daniel has been briefed by a range of solicitors, from sole practitioners to international law firms, and also directly by in-house corporate counsel. He has been briefed in large and complex disputes in the Commercial Court (see, for example, [2016] VSC 52, [2016] VSC 119, [2016] VSC 282) and class action litigation in the Federal Court (see [2017] FCA 947).

His appearance practice has included running trials, unled, in the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts and appearing on applications for urgent interlocutory injunctive relief. His paperwork practice includes drafting pledings and all other court documents and correspondence.

He is happy to accept briefs at short notice.

Daniel read with Andrew McClelland QC.

Prior to coming to the bar, Daniel practised as a solicitor and senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in commercial litigation. Before that, he worked as a solicitor at Iles Selley Lawyers, a specialist litigation firm in Adelaide, where he practised in commercial litigation, criminal proceedings, legal disciplinary matters and administrative law matters. His practice there involved regular appearance work.

Before practising, Daniel was the associate to the Honourable John Doyle AC, then Chief Justice of South Australia.

Daniel holds degrees in law and commerce from the University of Adelaide. During his undergraduate studies, Daniel won the subject prizes for the Law of Property and Law of Crime, and was an editorial member of the Adelaide Law Review. He is currently undertaking a Master of Laws degree and a Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Law at the University of Melbourne, albeit slowly. His subjects have included in specialist topics; Corporate Insolvency and Reconstruction, Liability Insurance Law and Financial Services Law. 

Daniel is the Editor of the Commercial Bar Association's quarterly newsletter and the Editor of the South Australian State Reports. 

Daniel has written and presented on topics including estoppel, ethical obligations and the preparation of evidence and unfair contract terms in small business contracts.

He is a member of the Commercial Bar Association, Banking and Financial Services Law Association and Australian Insurance Law Association.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Class Actions
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Property & Probate

Common Law

  • Negligence


From 1 May 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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