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Daniella Carling

Senior Associate

Daniella is an integral member within Finlaysons’ litigation department, specialising in employment law and workplace relations.
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Daniella is a Senior Associate in Finlaysons’ Workplace team working closely with Partners and Special Counsel.

She is an experienced industrial and employment lawyer who also has an impressive track record in general commercial matters – giving her an in-depth understanding of all commercial issues arising from workplace matters. Daniella brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspectives that strengthens our commitment to delivering unparalleled service and comprehensive solutions to our clients across all workplace matters.

Daniella’s pragmatic and creative approach to work means she provides sensible, but innovative advice on complex and discreet matter.


Daniella has experience across a range of industrial and employment matters including unfair dismissals, general protections, equal opportunity, discrimination, workplace bullying and harassment, workplace safety, award / enterprise agreement interpretation and analysis and underpayment claims. She is also experienced in drafting of workplace policies, employment contracts, contractor agreements and labour hire agreements.

She has assisted clients across a range of jurisdictions including the SAET, SACAT, Australian Human Rights Commission, Fair Work Commission, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Daniella’s recent experience:

  • Conducting workplace investigations;
  • Advising HR managers of termination rights for underperforming staff or staff engaging in serious misconduct;
  • Preparing initiating applications/defences for both Employers and Employees in the Fair Work Commission or Federal Court (including unfair dismissal, underpayment and general protection claims);
  • Preparing performance improvement plans;
  • Preparing workplace policies and procedures;
  • Representing clients in the Fair Work Commission or Federal Court, including conciliations and arbitrations;
  • Providing redundancy advice to employers and employees;
  • Providing restraint of trade advice to employees; and
  • Preparation of Deeds of Settlement & Release.

Daniella's Expertise

    • Law Society of South Australia Member
    • Member of ARITA (Australian Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association) 2021-2024 SA/NT Young Professionals (YP) Committee
    • Golden Key International Honours Society Member
    • Bachelor of Laws (Honours with Distinction), University of South Australia
    • Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University
    • Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, University of South Australia
    • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
    • Associate in Music, Piano, Elder Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide