Rowling, Zita

Senior Executive Lawyer

Zita has a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years, acting for Commonwealth agencies in public law and commercial disputes and litigation, having conducted major litigation in the courts, as well as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and other administrative reviews.

She played an integral part in complex litigation for Defence and coronial inquiries arising from the tragic fire on board HMAS Westralia in 1998. She also ran the Davis Samuel matter, a large and complex equity action and subsequent appeals and insolvencies arising from a fraud against Finance. She also routinely advises, trains and mentors staff in debt recovery and tort claims, defamation and misfeasance, false imprisonment, contract claims and disputes (including insurance, building and construction, and intellectual property claims), and in enforcement and regulation and administrative reviews including under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and other Acts.

She advises and represents the Commonwealth in various commercial disputes, including significant contracts for services and arising from construction of capital works, resolved by way of negotiations, mediation, binding expert determinations and court proceedings.

Recent experience

Zita’s recent work includes:

  • complex recoveries and rectification of remuneration for a cohort of staff of an agency involving salary and superannuation over and underpayments including superannuation guarantee shortfalls
  • providing insolvency advices and litigation including acting for and advising the Australian Financial Security Authority
  • assisting with civil regulatory matters including for Parks Australia, Therapeutic Goods Administration and Wine Australia
  • working on commercial disputes, including significant tenancy issues and copyright dispute. 


Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology, 1989


Australia Day Award, 2004: Team award for work on the HMAS Westralia litigation.

Australia Day Award, 2002: Individual award for work on Davis Samuel.