Alana Richards

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

T:+61 2 9330 8903
T:+61 2 9330 8903

Alana Richards



Alana Richards is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer based in Sydney.  She has experience acting for multiple State and Commonwealth government departments as well as private clients in a wide range of commercial, civil and administrative law matters, and disputes and inquiries matters.   

Prior to joining the firm, Alana worked with other leading law firms and undertook a number of government secondments, including multiple secondments to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (now Sport Integrity Australia), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Department of Health and the Australian Federal Police.

Alana has experience with litigation across a range of areas including intentional tort claims, negligence, sports law, complex contractual disputes, intellectual property, merits and judicial review of administrative decisions, coronial inquests, consumer law and insurance litigation. She has experience working in both the federal and state jurisdictions.

Alana is also a Reserve Legal Officer in the Australian Army.

Professional experience

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  • Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University (2015)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law (2016)
  • Graduate Certificate of Military Law, Australian National University (2020)
  • Master of Laws, University of Sydney (2021 – 2023 (expected))
  • Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory 2016
  • High Court of Australia 2016

Intentional tort claims and Government litigation

  • Alana currently works across a broad range of commercial and government litigation. She represents the NSW Police in intentional tort claims including claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, assault and battery
  • Alana also advises the Department of Communities and Justice and handles a number of claims relating to allegations of abuse in the foster care system


Insurance and Negligence Claims

  • Alana was previously an insurance and corporate risk litigator with carriage of multiple insurance litigation matters including worker's compensation claims, negligence claims, recovery matters and motor vehicle accident compensation claims
  • These matters required an assessment of risk and strategy for each of the matters including consideration of nature of the claim and evidence served in the proceedings, assessment of appropriate steps required to progress matter including requirements for further information, evidence or documents​


Administrative Law

  • Alana was previously an administrative law litigator with carriage of multiple government administrative law matters, including matters in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal and is experienced at handling matters at all stages of litigation including case conferences, Directions Hearings, Interlocutory Proceedings and Hearings in both merits and judicial review matters, across a range of areas of law
  • In this role, Alana advised and represented the Department of Home Affairs in litigated matters in the federal jurisdiction, for both merits review and judicial review and advised and represented the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), on access and planning matters, including in relation to the statutory requirements, evidence analysis and strategies for progressing matters


Commercial litigation

  • Alana was previously a commercial litigation lawyer with carriage over multiple matters including debt recovery, commercial lease disputes, complex contractual disputes and class action claims and proceedings in ACAT, VCAT, ACT Magistrates and Supreme Court
  • Duty of Care Owed by Police Officers and Development of the Law of Negligence in Light of the Smith v Victoria Decision (2018) 15(7&8) CL 105
  • Joint Legal Professional Privilege Under the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth); Case Note - Davaria Pty Ltd v 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd (2018) 15(3) CL 30
  • Negligence Claims for Psychiatric Injury (2019) 16(2) CL 20