Leading Silks

Michael Borsky QC - List A BarristersAn excellent advocate and client-focused.
Rowena Orr QC - List G BarristersShe is an experience senior counsel with expertise in competition and consumer law.
Bret Walker SC - Fifth Floor St James’ Hall BarristersSpecial mention for his appellant work. We have worked with Brett in a number of appeal cases in the High Court of Australia and his skill in that area is second to none.
Cameron Moore SC - Banco ChambersAn outstanding silk, highly commercial, with experience acting for the ACCC and defendants across consumer protection and cartel matters.
Noel Hutley SC - Fifth Floor St James’ Hall BarristersFor appeals and cross-examinations that make or break cases there is no one better. An outstanding tactician; incredibly sharp; masterful advocate.
Ruth Higgins SC - Banco ChambersWhile she is newly appointed as a QC, she is quickly becoming one of the best competition barristers in the country.  She is our first choice for Sydney competition matters.
Tony Blannon SC - Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne ChambersA senior leading commercial and competition counsel.
Neil Young QC - List A BarristersHe remains our first choice on the most complex competition matters in Melbourne.
Michael Hodge QC - New ChambersA high profile senior counsel briefed as counsel assisting on the Financial Services Royal Commission. One of the ACCC’s go-to silks.
Kate Morgan SC - Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne ChambersA senior counsel with particular expertise in both competition law generally, but also its new intersection with criminal procedure.
Nicholas de Young SC - List G Barristers ‘He is one of the firm’s preferred barristers for relevant complex corporate disputes.
Peter Brereton SC - Banco ChambersAn experienced senior with broad competition expertise.

Leading Juniors

Conor Bannan - 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers 'A strong up and comer.'  An exceptionally talented junior counsel with unrivalled competition law expertise at the Sydney bar.'       
Catherine Dermody - Foley's List BarristersOur first choice on complex regulatory matters. She provides commercially astute advice and understands the detail.
Declan Roche - Banco ChambersAn excellent senior Junior. Very practical and approachable. Thinks deeply about the cases, and is especially good at working with expert witnesses.
Robert Yezerski - Banco ChambersHe brings a sharp mind and common sense approach. An exceptional junior counsel.

Competition in Australia Bar

Banco Chambers

In addition to its first-class commercial litigation offering,  Banco Chambers is also home to a number of competition specialists. Ruth Higgins SC 'is an excellent senior counsel with substantial competition law experience' and is also highlighted for 'quickly becoming one of the best competition barristers in the country'. She is instructed on cartel cases and contested merger proceedings instructed both for and against the ACCC. Cameron Moore SC is commended as an 'outstanding advocate and competition lawyer'. He is instructed on many high-profile cases for well-known international clients. His recent work includes criminal defense work and a cartel investigation; this is combined with an IP practice. 'A younger silk who has established himself as a respected advocate' Peter Brereton SC is recommended for his competition expertise in addition to his broader commercial litigation practice.  Robert Yezerski is considered to be 'a very talented junior' who handles merger and regulatory investigations and acts for and against the ACCC. Declan Roche is also well-rated as a 'highly experienced junior counsel' who, in the view of one commentator, 'has worked on the lions' share of landmark competition cases'.

Fifth Floor St James’ Hall Barristers

At Fifth Floor St James’ Hall Barristers, the 'exceptionalNoel Hutley SC is lauded as a 'first choice on the most complex, ‘bet the company’ competition matters in Sydney.' His broad practice encompasses class actions and areas such as environment. In addition to being a 'leading all-round senior counsel in AustraliaBret Walker SC is equally in demand as a 'high profile senior counsel used on strategic and sensitive' competition matters. He is also top-rated for appellate work.

List A Barristers

List A Barristers has an impressive range of practitioners whose commercial litigation skills extend to competition disputes. Neil Young QC, who is also a member of New Chambers, is one such 'exceptional' senior counsel. An 'excellent advocate', he has huge experience of High Court, Full Federal Court and State Courts of Appeal cases. Michael Borsky QC is also highly rated for his depth of expertise in regulatory and commercial matters. His clients include corporates and government departments and he serves as a part-time member of the Takeovers Panel.

List G Barristers

At List G Barristers, Rowena Orr QC has a high-profile practice that includes competition and consumer law cases. Nicholas De Young SC, who took silk in 2019, is highlighted as a specialist in competition regulatory and damages proceedings. This is in addition to being a preferred counsel for complex corporate disputes.

Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers

At Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Kate Morgan SC is widely recognised for her combined expertise across competition, white-collar crime, and her broader 'strong criminal experience'. Her recent work includes several cases of defense of ACCC proceedings. She is also recommended for being 'client-friendly, with a strong reputation in white-collar work, both for defendants and for regulators'. 'Trusted senior counsel' Tony Bannon SC's experience and skills put him in demand for any number of 'business-critical matters'. In addition to broad commercial litigation cases, he is also in demand for his IP and competition expertise.