The University of Newcastle, Australia

General Counsel appointed

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Following an extensive executive search process, Daniel Bell has been appointed University General Counsel.

Daniel Bell

Daniel has had an extensive legal career as a commercial lawyer, working in-house at the University of Newcastle for over 9 years, and externally at national law firms Clayton Utz and Sparke Helmore.

During Daniel’s time at the University he has worked across all aspects of the legal function and has always achieved excellent outcomes. Some of his recent achievements include advising on the planning and construction of NeW Space, the contractual arrangements for the new Central Coast Medical School at Gosford, negotiating a Joint Venture Agreement with the NUW Alliance and advising on various successful disputes in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Daniel has been in the Acting General Counsel role since mid-2018 and has made significant strategic and innovative changes to way the Legal Office operates. Some of these changes include:

  • focussing on service experience with an emphasis on relationship management.
  • implementing a triage system that prioritises workflow according to strategic initiatives and business impact.
  • recruiting Legal Counsel with specialist expertise aligned to future organisational requirements.

Daniel is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. He holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle.

Daniel is committed to aligning the Legal Office to the strategic needs of the University and continuing to build strong relationships both internally and within the greater community. His appointment will help to ensure continued strong leadership of our legal function.


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