Wentworth Chambers has a strong reputation within the Sydney market, combining junior and senior expertise in banking and finance, commercial, corporations law, defamation, employment, intellectual property, media, public and securities law. The chambers has a storied list of alumni across Federal courts and the High Court of Australia, and currently offers leading practitioners such as Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, who maintains a broad national practice across commercial disputes, regulatory investigations, and enforcement matters, and is regularly briefed by the government in significant matters, including the 2020 Royal Commission Into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, as well as handling high-level litigation, such as representing NAB Group in NULIS Australia (Nominees) Limited before the NSW Supreme Court, an application for judicial advice relating to superannuation.
Commercial disputes in Australia Bar
Banco Chambers offers wide expertise in commercial disputes, including litigation, mediation, and arbitration support in areas including contractual and post-M&A disputes, restructuring and insolvency cases, construction disputes, and energy sector cases. The Sydney-based set has a number of senior members with strong experience arguing cases at state and federal level, including several before the High Court. Justin Gleeson SC combines broad disputes work with a particular specialism in takeover disputes, sitting on the Australalian Takeovers Panel, while Peter Brereton SC has seen success at trial and appellate level, acting for major clients in the telecoms, technology, and financial services sectors, as well as for public sector bodies.
Eleven Wentworth Barristers
Eleven Wentworth Barristers in Sydney has a strong team of diverse practitioners operating across Australia, handling high-level corporate litigation and government work. Ian Pike SC combines a leading practice in administrative and public law with heavy involvement in commercial, insurance, and professional liability work, while Jeremy Kirk SC has a national practice encompassing both trial and appellate work across a wide range of areas, representing major Australian businesses and government bodies. James Hutton is a well-regarded junior with a successful record in corporate and securities law, commercial work, and equity disputes.
Fifth Floor St James’ Hall Barristers
Fifth Floor St James’ Hall Barristers is a Sydney-based set with a strong record in high-level representations before Federal Courts and the High Court, Commissions of Enquiry, and international arbitration panels. Areas of expertise include high-level commercial disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency issues, and administrative law cases. The set offers six senior SCs, including the ‘sharp and concise’ Noel Hutley SC, ‘highly respected advocate‘ Richard Lancaster SC and Garry Rich SC, praised as ‘the best of the next generation of silks, with real gravitas.‘
Level Twenty Seven Chambers
Level Twenty Seven Chambers is a leading Brisbane-based set with a strong record across commercial disputes, including major cases within Queensland and nationally, particularly in the energy and minerals sectors. The set is praised for its UK-style setup, with practice manager Daniel Perry having previously clerked for leading London sets. Shane Doyle QC is representing Trans-Alta in the Western Australia Supreme Court in TEC Hedland Pty Ltd v The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd, an ongoing matter concerning an engineering, procurement, construction and power purchase agreement at a major power station in the Pilbara. Damian Clothier QC is representing New Acland before the High Court in Oakey Coal Action Alliance Inc v New Acland Coal Pty Ltd, challenging objections to new mining leases and the company’s environmental authority.
List A Barristers
List A Barristers is a premier list of barristers in the Australian market, led by leading figures in the Victorian Bar. The list has broad expertise across an array of commercial law issues, and members enjoy productive relationships with corporate counsel and international law firms, as well as maintaining a notable direct access capability. Alan Archibald QC is considered an ‘outstanding elder statesman’ of the Bar, while Peter Collinson QC has a strong record in class actions brought against leading Australian businesses. Neil Young QC is highly praised by clients, and Katherine Brazenor is in-demand as a ‘highly regarded junior counsel‘.
List G Barristers has a strong profile in commercial and public law, with a number of senior practitioners within the Victorian Bar and a history of involvement in high-profile cases, including tort actions and large-scale commercial litigation. Jeremy Slattery QC was the court-appointed contradictor for Webster (Trustee) v Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited, a AU$42m class action suit, while Hamish Austin QC has specialist expertise in corporations, insolvency, insurance and transport law. As well as its strong profile in Victoria, the list’s members are regularly briefed on cases across Australia, alongside involvement in international arbitrations- a particular focus for Tom Clarke.
New Chambers has a strong offering across all areas of commercial, insurance and public law, appearing before courts of all levels, tribunals, and arbitration panels across Australia and internationally. The Sydney-based set offers a London-style practice management model, led by senior clerk Michael Wilcox, and includes a number of senior practitioners with strong reputations in the Australian market. David Jackson AM QC is a leading appellate silk with a successful record before the High Court, and is regularly instructed by government agencies. Neil Young QC is highly regarded for his commercial and corporate work in areas such as trade practices and taxation. Michael Hodge QC is heavily involved in high-profile disputes before Federal courts, representing Grocon in Grocon Group Holdings Pty Ltd v Infrastructure NSW before the NSW Supreme Court, a bet-the-company dispute relating to the company’s right to develop Central Barangaroo. Catherine Gleeson appeared before the Federal Court for Royal Carribean Cruises in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd v Reed; Royal Caribbean Cruises v Browitt, an application for anti-suit injunction seeking to restrain passengers injured in the Whakaari/White Island eruption from proceedings with claims in the Florida Courts.
Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers
Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers has a strong concentration of leading senior counsel in the Sydney market, alongside a solid team of juniors. Members act as sole practitioners and represent major businesses and state bodies in high-profile commercial and administrative litigation, class action suits, regulatory disputes, and civil penalty proceedings. Notable silks include Matthew Darke SC, who acts for clients including Westpac, the University of Sydney, and the ACCC in nationally-significant cases, and, James Lockhart SC who handles general commercial law, corporations disputes, class actions, and private arbitrations, with a productive record in the insolvency practitioner space.
Dever's List Barristers
Dever’s List Barristers is the oldest list of barristers at the Victorian Bar, having started operation in 1860. The list includes a large number of leading practitioners across commercial law, planning, taxation, and public law, combining strong litigation expertise with leading work on arbitration and other forms of ADR. The ‘highly persuasive’ Christopher Caleo QC is a key figure, handling contracts and corporations law disputes, administrative and public law work, and trusts litigation. James Peters AM QC is a ‘highly regarded senior counsel‘, handling banking and insolvency, consumer law, and joint ventures disputes before the Federal and Supreme Courts at both trial and appellate level.
Foley's List Barristers
Foley’s List Barristers includes a large group of leading commercial practitioners, heavily involved in major commercial disputes across Victoria and nationally. Of particular note are the list’s CPD services, with members offering expert advice to clients and to the public on their areas of practice, and regularly contributing to thought leadership. Justin Mereine is noted for his key role representing iSignthis in the public and high stakes dispute between ISX and ASX Limited (ASX) in relation to the protracted suspension of ISX’s shares from quotation on the Australian Securities Exchange. Michael Wyles QC has extensive trial experience in the Federal Court and various State Supreme Courts, while the ‘thoughtful and hard working‘ Catherine Dermody specialises in complex regulatory and infrastructure matters.
Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers
Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers offers a wide range of expertise in commercial law, with members handling banking, contracts, corporations law, administrative disputes, and native title issues, among others. The chambers has a history of regularly providing judicial appointments, with many members becoming judges at the High Court. The ‘hands-on‘ Elizabeth Collins SC has a strong record in regulatory and D&O disputes, while Kristina Stern SC has ‘a strong practice in public/administrative law and resources disputes’, both at trial and appellate level. Scott Nixon SC is active in complex claims litigation, alongside class actions involving trade practices, tort, directors’ duties and corporations law. James Arnott is praised as a ‘highly regarded senior junior‘.
Alinea Chambers has continued to grow its profile since its formation in 2019, and is known for its commitment to technology, innovation, and progressive working practices, as well as its prioritisation of gender balance. Members regularly appear in high profile commercial disputes involving equity, property law, financial services, and large-scale class actions, as well as Royal Commissions of Inquiry and regulatory investigations. Michael Henry SC‘s extensive experience covers areas ranging from companies and contract law to insurance, construction and insolvency law. Anthony McGrath SC appeared in the high-profile Kraft Foods vs Bega Cheese case before the High Court, defending Bega in an appeal by Kraft against the Federal Court’s ruling that Bega held the rights to its unique yellow packaging. Melanie Cairns represented Woolworths in Gazcorp Pty Ltd v Woolworths Group Limited, appearing unled in a dispute with a developer on whether an agreement for a lease (AFL) provides an equitable interest in property, allegations of frustration, abandonment and conventional estoppel.
Francis Burt Chambers
Francis Burt Chambers is a leading set in Western Australia, with strong expertise across civil, commercial, public, and family law. The set is also known for its strong team of female barristers, and prioritises gender diversity within the space. Patricia Cahill SC is an experienced trial advocate, with a strong record in complex commercial, corporate and construction disputes. Chris Zelestis QC now focuses on arbitration and mediation. Julie Taylor is ‘highly recommended’ and ‘a leader at the Perth Bar‘. The chambers also has a strong set of juniors who are active in cases across Western Australia and nationally.
Gerard Brennan Chambers
Brisbane-based Gerard Brennan Chambers has a focus on commercial disputes. Members regularly appear before Queensland, Federal and interstate courts and tribunals, as well as acting as, and appearing before, arbitrators and mediators. Liam Kelly QC is a key senior name within the set, handling complex commercial litigation matters. Declan Kelly QC has been appointed to the Queensland Supreme Court.
Based in Perth, Quayside Chambers offers expertise in a diverse range of practice areas in commercial and corporate law, such as banking and financial services, construction and projects, corporate law, energy and natural resources. John Gilmour QC is noted for his experience as a Federal Court judge and his strong reputation as an international arbitrator. Kanaga Dharmamada SC is also known for his international arbitration work as a member of Fountain Court Chambers, alongside broad expertise in a range of commercial matters and white-collar crime. Brahma Dharmananda SC is another experienced figure, handling commercial litigation and arbitration.
Young’s List Barristers offers a wide range of experienced commercial practitioners, with members of the Melbourne-based list representing in labour and employment, tax, and broad commercial disputes. Members also display a strong record in state, federal, and cross-border matters, and have seen cases argued before state Supreme Courts and the High Court. Tammy Young is the key contact for those wishing to instruct the set. Helen Symon QC is a key name for tax work, while Robert Heath QC is noted for his work on complex cross-border disputes, including international arbitrations.