Leading Silks

Shane Doyle QC - Level Twenty Seven ChambersShane Doyle is a super star and completely pleasant to work with. No stuffiness.
Jeffery Gleeson QC - List A BarristersHe is held in very high regard not only in construction law circles but in the construction industry broadly. He was engaged on this major issue because he is the market leader. Easily one of the leading construction silks in Australia.
Nicholas Hopkins QC - List A BarristersA top-tier silk in construction practice at the Melbourne bar.
George Inatey QC - 7 Wentworth SelborneA thorough, analytical construction barrister with excellent cross-examination skills.
Francis Hicks SC  - Greenway ChambersHugely experience, recommended.
Duncan Miller SC - 7 Wentworth SelborneA fearless advocate and a very practical and common sense litigator with a leading construction law practice who is in high demand across Australia. He is efficient and prepared to roll his sleeves up as and when required.
John Gilmour SC - Quayside ChambersA well-regarded counsel in the arbitration field – very calm and reasoned advocate.
Mark Dempsey SC - 7 Wentworth SelborneA thorough and tenacious senior counsel with an ability to master difficult forensic issues and large amounts of material.
Nicholas Andreatidis QC - Level Twenty Seven ChambersProvides robust, correct legal advice and always works through strategy and case theory for the client. He has been described as the nicest QC that has ever existed and it is hard to disagree with this notion. He is extraordinarily easy to engage with, is collaborative and has a very broad range of skills both from an administrative law viewpoint and a broader commercial law viewpoint. Both his written and oral skills are excellent.
Melanie Hindman QC - Northbank ChambersHaving only taken silk three years ago, Melanie is sure to take Shane Doyle’s mantle as Queensland’s leading construction silk in the coming years.
Nicolas Pane QC - List A BarristersCombines excellent strategic insight with a willingness to roll up the sleeves. Very easy to work with.
Michael Christie SC - Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambersinternational arbitration under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules of Arbitration and other matters in the NSW Supreme Court. He has been briefed in significant matters in commercial law, as well as in taxation law and employment law.
Michael Feutrill SC - Quayside ChambersAn excellent advocate and easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

John Baartz - Alfred Lutwyche ChambersMr Baartz has over 20 years’ experience handling complex building and construction and insurance litigation in Australia and the United Kingdom and as such, the team continues to engage him.
Tim Breakspear - Banco ChambersThe best junior barrister in construction. Intelligent lawyer, excellent on his feet. Great rapport with the Bench. An excellent junior counsel for delay and disruption claims at the Sydney bar.
Scott Robertson - University Chambers 'An extremely bright and excellent senior junior specialising in construction and property law who is always thoroughly prepared.'
Lucas Shipway - Greenway ChambersOne of the most highly regarded juniors.
Nuala Simpson - 7 Wentworth SelborneNuala is sharp, agile and immensely hard-working. Her construction law expertise, including in complex issues of delay, disruption and quantum, is market-leading. A fantastic team player and a genuine pleasure to work with. A very diligent and clever junior counsel. Works very hard and is very responsive.
Michael Trim - Level Twenty Seven ChambersExceptionally bright and hard-working and a first-class advocate. He has the strategic insights of an established silk. He is a rising star.
Julie Wright - Greenway ChambersJulie is destined to be the leader of the New South Wales construction bar. One of the best senior Junior construction barristers we have used from the Sydney bar. Meticulous and capable in a number of fora.
David Hughes - 7 Wentworth SelborneA leading senior junior counsel specialising in contract and construction disputes. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.
Claire Schneider - Level Twenty Seven ChambersClaire Schneider is a very diligent junior counsel with excellent strategic judgement and advocacy skills.
James Shaw - Green's List BarristersInsightful and approachable. His engineering qualification is invaluable when unpacking the technical issues. Also very good on his feet.
Jack Heeley - Dever's List Barristers 'Recommended for construction disputes in the Supreme Court.'

Construction, infrastructure and property in Australia Bar

7 Wentworth Selborne

7 Wentworth Selborne  is in demand for many of the most high-profile and complex construction cases. This ranges from the Sydney light rail class action in the Supreme Court of New South Wales to the arbitration concerning the New Royal Adelaide Hospital. In the opinion of one law firm, Duncan Miller SC 'is easily the leading construction silk at the Sydney bar'. His decades of experience includes related areas such as environment,  planning, and insurance matters. He acts for both state entities and developers on a range of key infrastructure and mining matters. 'Thorough and tenacious senior counsel' Mark Dempsey SC is also instructed on challenging construction, engineering, and infrastructure disputes. He also practices as an arbitrator and mediator. George Inatey QC is also noted for his vast experience of construction. 'There are very few barristers in the country in the specialist area of construction and infrastructure that come close to' Nuala Simpson. She is in great demand and has been involved in a number of high-profile, complex cases including acting for Halifax Vogel (the owner) in the Federal Court class action concerning the use of certain cladding in construction. She was also part of the team acting for Kawasaki Heavy Industries in arbitral proceedings concerning the construction of the LNG plant in the Northern Territory (Ichthys). David Hughes is highlighted as a 'leading senior junior counsel specialising in contract and construction disputes'. Simon Walker is the set's clerk.

Greenway Chambers

Greenway Chambers is a substantial set including ten silks and is well known for its broad construction expertise including crucial infrastructure projects. It has a number of highly skilled arbitration practitioners and offers a mediation center. Francis Hicks SC acts for clients in courts across Australia and also in domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. His work spans energy, infrastructure, and retail/other commercial building projects. Julie Wright is lauded as 'an excellent counsel with specialist construction law experience that greatly exceeds her years at the bar.' Her work includes a Supreme Court of New South Wales case which involves both construction and insolvency issues. Recent work also includes acting for an EPC contractor in a renewable energy-matter and acting in a major road project dispute. Lucas Shipway is one of the most 'highly recommended'  juniors for construction disputes and arbitrations in respect of major infrastructure and engineering disputes in the road, rail and mining sectors. Most recently he worked on an international arbitration under the ICC Rules and acted on a Court of Appeal case concerning the liability of contractors for design defects.

Level Twenty Seven Chambers

Level Twenty Seven Chambers   is 'a very strong chambers for senior and junior counsel' and is considered a top performer in Queensland and nationally. Its work encompasses critical, cross-border construction disputes, especially in the energy and transport sectors. Its work extends to cases in the leisure and retail sectors and it is increasingly attracting Asian/multi-national clients on cross-border mandates. It acted for Civil Mining & Construction Pty Ltd on two appeals by two contracting parties for the delayed construction of a coal export terminal (Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal). International practitioner Shane Doyle QC is well known for being in demand for litigation and arbitrations in numerous areas and very much so for construction; in addition to being 'Queensland's leading construction counsel', he is a member of the London chambers, Essex Court. Junior silk, Nicholas Andreatidis QC is considered to be one of a few barristers that have 'genuine, top-end experience in large and complex construction and engineering matters'. He is also notable for his abilities in dealing with environmental issues. His clients include the likes of Arup, BHP Coal, New Hope Coal, and the Coles Group. Equally in demand is Michael Trim, who 'has the strategic insights of an established silk'. His work includes arbitral proceedings and acting on some of Australia's most crucial transport projects for clients such as Thiess. Claire Schneider is notable for her 'excellent strategic judgement' in matters of construction, engineering, and energy. She is part of the team acting for Santos in the QCLNG upstream project.

List A Barristers

At List A Barristers Jeffery Gleeson QC is sought out as 'one of the leading commercial silks in Melbourne' for construction and related disputes. He can advise throughout the delivery phase of large-scale infrastructure projects including transport and is also a Grade 1 Accredited Arbitrator. 'Nicholas Hopkins QC is 'second only to Jeff Gleeson QC in construction practice at the Melbourne bar' according to one firm. He is retained on a range of commercial matters as well as construction. The 'practical and pragmaticNicholas Pane QC  has, of late, been briefed on a substantial dispute defending multimillion-dollar claims by a contractor on a wind farm in Victoria.

Quayside Chambers

Whilst its range of expertise spans commercial, corporate, and finance matters, Quayside Chambers is a leading Western Australian set for the handling of disputes in the resources, energy, and broader construction spheres. The Honourable John Gilmour SC is highly rated for his arbitration expertise, and Michael Feutrill SC is a go-to counsel for many firms. He is valued for his broad litigation and arbitration expertise involving construction matters.