Who we are

Danny King Legal is a boutique employment law firm based in Sydney’s CBD. We are a team of employment and industrial relations lawyers, representing employers, employees, HR professionals, and other lawyers.

We go out of our way to shatter lawyer stereotypes. We don’t subscribe to winning at any cost, we’re not about attracting media attention, and we don’t play in the gutter. We value people above fees, and we respect all parties in the employment relationship. We understand how stressful employment law matters are to all involved. We passionately believe that everyone is entitled to due process, and we work in partnership with our clients to achieve successful resolutions quickly, efficiently and quietly.

Treating people honourably, with a dedicated and non-judgemental approach to our work is key to our success.

Our awards are testament to that.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what others say about us.

But we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Look at us here at the Australasian Law Awards night.

Let us take away the burden, fear or complexity of a new employment situation or one gone wrong. Let us take you through the thorny risks associated with non-compliance which can cause significant harm to your reputation and your organisation. We will provide you with solution-focused advice so you can walk away with integrity and peace of mind that the best possible outcome has been achieved.

Our Team

Principal

Danny founded Danny King Legal in 2011, stepping away from a career in top-tier firms to go out on her own. Since then, Danny King Legal has transitioned from sole practitioner to an award-winning boutique employment firm in Sydney’s CBD.

The firm has received an impressive 8 Doyles Guide recommendations since 2015. Danny and the firm have been nominated in the Australian, Australasian and Women In Law Awards every year since 2016.

Danny’s experience as a business owner only strengthens her understanding of the thrill of business growth and the complexities involved in managing employment relationships every step of the way.

As well as being the founder of DKL, Danny is a happy wife and proud parent to Margo and Darcy. She has convened the employment law course at UNSW since 2012, is a long standing member of the Law Society Employment Law Committee, volunteers on Fair Work Commission pro-bono schemes and presents at CPD seminars across the country.

Senior Solicitor

Kevin is DKL’s senior solicitor and resident French-Canadian. Having joined the firm in DKL’s Dulwich Hill office in 2014, he is now a permanent resident (so it is mostly too late to for us to try and return him). His blended legal and administrative background is why Kev is also the “Operations Overlord” at DKL, having rebuilt our internal and client services infrastructure from the ground up to the cloud.

Kevin manages the legal team, ensuring quality control across the firm. When it comes to employment law, Kevin is an all-rounder. He is particularly well-versed in the art of contracts, and is the go-to adviser for HR professionals seeking legal advice on their clients’ behalf.

For the young and hopeful law students diving into a competitive market, he runs upskilling workshops, offers career advice, and has taught at Macquarie University and UNSW. In 2018 he took over the management of the UNSW employment law course from Danny.

By night, you could find Kevin presenting at a CPD seminar, doing judo, teaching the office how to box or hanging with his wife and two adorable cats.

Katrina Emmerick is one of our brightest solicitors, both in intelligence and disposition. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2018 and joined our team shortly after. Her experience working at the Fair Work Commission led her to discover a passion for employment law. Katrina brings a diverse range of experience and legal skills to the table, having spent time working in both property and personal injury law before DKL. Katrina is incredibly efficient in turning around our contract packages, providing our valued employer clients with a smooth, tailored approach to upgrading their contract suite.

Katrina’s addition to the team brought the total number of netballers in the office to five. Off the court, Katrina enjoys seeing live music and indulging in pastries. Katrina laments Sydney’s sub-par pastry game, and often finds herself reminiscing about the bakeries of Lyon, France where she spent time studying abroad.

Solicitor

Cormac completed his studies in Law and Commerce at the University of Wollongong in 2018. Playing to both of these strengths, Cormac is the double-edged sword of the office – excelling as a solicitor and financial manager. Cormac approaches both the law and numbers with thoroughness, efficiency and insight. Cormac has great attention to detail, and not just when it comes to maintaining his luscious hair style. He particularly excels at calculating employee entitlements and reviewing redundancy packages.

Outside of DKL, you are most likely to find Cormac outdoors. He enjoys camping, going to the beach and trekking, and has hiked to Everest base camp and most recently through South America.

Graduate at Law

Blade graduated from the University of Sydney in Law and International & Global Studies. Blade is our legal genius, which is a nice way of saying he’s a total nerd. We’re yet to find a High Court decision on labour law that he hasn’t read at least once.

Whilst Blade enjoyed his studies across the spectrum of legal fields, both in Sydney and at King’s College in London, he always found himself drawn to employment law. You’ll find Blade is often the junior practitioner on our matters with formal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission or Federal Court. His keen eye for detail and previous electronic file management experience makes him a natural fit for the more litigious aspects of employment law.

After growing up in regional NSW, Blade embraces his country origins as the proud father of three chickens. In his spare time, you can usually find Blade curled up somewhere, immersed in a good book.

Senior Paralegal

Heading up our paralegal team is our legal pocket rocket, Savanna Russo. With an impeccable eye for detail and a pragmatic approach to applying the law, Savanna is an incredible asset to the solicitors and clients she works with. Working toward graduating in Law and International Studies at UNSW in 2020, the highlight of Savanna’s university life was her year studying abroad in Montreal. Not wanting to live without her any longer, the team was grateful to have her back at work only a handful of days after her return.

Coming from a family of sports lovers, Savanna has always been willing to give things a go, including soccer, netball, dancing, dodgeball, hockey, gymnastics and oz-tag. However, her considerable lack of coordination has rendered her unsuccessful in all of the above. Luckily her skills in the field of employment law far outweigh her ability to kick a ball.

Operations and Revenue Manager

Laura has been a permanent fixture at DKL since 2015. In that time her job has evolved along with the firm. She now heads up the support team, handles accounts payable and receivable, coordinates client relationship management and runs lunchtime yoga sessions. To our knowledge, no one has ever taken a more enthusiastic approach to invoicing than Laura. Laura’s specialty is speaking with new clients to either onboard them, or direct them to a service best suited to them if DKL is not the right fit.

Laura is currently completing her studies in Communication at UTS, alongside a Diploma of Project Management. Laura has attended the World Universities Debating Championships (twice), but is prouder of the day she got Danny into downward dog.

Paralegal

Sophia is currently working towards completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney, having previously completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies in politics and Arabic. Sophia joined us in mid-2017 as a paralegal having recently returned from a study abroad in Lund, Sweden (she still dreams of the meatballs and cinnamon buns every day). Having previously worked in real estate and property administration, Sophia is a gun at designing and project managing administrative processes and marketing initiatives. Originally unsure if she wanted to practice law, Sophia’s experience at DKL has piqued her curiosity and interest in the legal profession and all things employment law.

Outside of working at Danny King Legal, you can find Sophia binge watching foreign films, studying Hebrew and Arabic, and daydreaming about her next overseas trip.

Hugh began working at DKL in early 2018 as a junior paralegal. He is currently completing studies in Law and Commerce at Macquarie University. Having worked at Bunnings for three years, the team wasted no time in taking full advantage of Hugh’s handy-man talents. He has so far installed a dishwasher, built shelves and constructed desks. On the legal side, Hugh’s evolving legal research skills have been put to great use. He has been instrumental in the development of conference materials, research papers and educational resources for the team.

Outside of work Hugh is a total sports fanatic, watching and playing anything he can including water polo, netball, football and cricket. He often fills the role of office DJ and is who the team turns to when they need a Monday morning pick-me-up or Friday afternoon jam. Hugh will likely answer the phone when you call in, so be sure to make his day and ask him for suggestions on what you should be listening to.