Leading Silks

Adrian Galasso SC  – 7 Wentworth ChambersA leading senior barrister in the planning and environment jurisdiction. He is pre-eminent.‘
Shane Doyle QCLevel Twenty Seven ChambersOne of Australia’s leading Queen’s Counsel.
Susan Brennan - Foley's List BarristersPre-eminent. Specialist in town planning, local government and environmental law.
Tom Howard – Frederick Jordan ChambersOne of the two most prominent and highly regarded senior counsel in NSW for environmental crime matters. He has a fantastic rapport with clients due to his friendly and polite personality, is very hard working and an excellent advocate.
Graham Gibson - Gerard Brennan ChambersExcellent commercial silk with experience in planning, resource/environment matters.
Jeffery Gleeson QCList 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 QCList A BarristersA top-tier silk in construction practice at the Melbourne Bar.
George Inatey QC7 Wentworth SelborneA thorough, analytical construction barrister with excellent cross-examination skills.
Benjamin Job - Level 14 Quay CentralA pre-eminent planning and environment barrister. Excellent.
Daniel Gore-Level Eleven Inns of Court ChambersDanny is one of the most senior and pre-eminent environment and planning Counsel at the Queensland Bar.
Duncan Miller SC7 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.
Mark Dempsey SC7 Wentworth SelborneA thorough and tenacious senior counsel with an ability to master difficult forensic issues and large amounts of material.
Francis Hicks SC Greenway ChambersHugely experience, recommended.
Nicholas Andreatidis QCLevel 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 QCNorthbank ChambersHaving only taken silk three years ago, Melanie is sure to take the mantle of Queensland’s leading construction silk in the coming years.
Nicolas Pane QCList A BarristersCombines excellent strategic insight with a willingness to roll up the sleeves. Very easy to work with.
Michael Christie SCSixth 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 SCQuayside ChambersAn excellent advocate and easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Clifford Ireland13 Wentworth Chambers 'Clifford is a versatile and experienced senior junior. He runs environmental prosecutions and defences, judicial review matters, compulsory acquisitions, and other more standard environmental matters‘.
John BaartzAlfred 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 BreakspearBanco ChambersIn-depth expertise in construction / infrastructure combined with Tim’s in-depth grasp of arbitration procedure across APAC makes him a leading choice as an arbitration counsel. ’
John Ware  - Level Twenty Seven Chambers  ‘John can claim to have a pure environment and planning practice.‘
Scott RobertsonUniversity ChambersAn extremely bright and excellent senior junior specialising in construction and property law who is always thoroughly prepared.’
Lucas ShipwayGreenway ChambersOne of the most highly regarded juniors.
Nuala Simpson7 Wentworth SelborneVery diligent and clever junior counsel. Works very hard and is very responsive. 
Michael TrimLevel 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 WrightGreenway 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.
Phillip Bambiagotti-Tenth Floor St James' Hall Chambers
David Hughes7 Wentworth SelborneA leading senior junior counsel specialising in contract and construction disputes. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.
Matthew Hickey - Level Twenty Seven ChambersMatthew is an excellent advocate. His persuasive oratory and written communications skills set him apart from other barristers in his field. He is a trusted and safe pair of hands. Over and above this, Matthew is a pleasure to work with and brings a level of calm to even the most fraught matters.
Samuel McCarthy-Level Twenty Seven Chambers'Smart, genuine, and great to work with.'
Claire SchneiderLevel Twenty Seven Chambers ‘Claire is a very diligent junior counsel with excellent strategic judgement and advocacy skills.
James ShawGreen’s List BarristersInsightful and approachable. His engineering qualification is invaluable when unpacking the technical issues. Also very good on his feet.
Jack HeeleyDever’s List Barristers‘Recommended for construction disputes in the Supreme Court.’

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7 Wentworth Selborne

Sydney-based 7 Wentworth Selborne offers broad senior and junior expertise in high-value building and construction disputes, including construction, engineering and infrastructure litigation and international arbitration. Alongside State, Federal, and High Court proceedings, members are also involved in litigation across the Asia-Pacific on behalf of Australian and international clients. Mark Dempsey SC is known for his high-level advocacy in international and domestic cases, representing corporate and governmental clients in large-scale disputes. Duncan Miller SC has broad expertise across construction-related and insurance disputes covering buildings, roads, railway infrastructure and rolling stock, and the mining sector. The ‘diligentNuala Simpson specialises in large-scale class actions and complex, high–value engineering and construction disputes, regularly appearing before the NSW Supreme Court and Federal Court of Australia.

Greenway Chambers

Greenway Chambers offers a number of focused construction and infrastructure practitioners. Francis Hicks SC has a strong record across technology and construction disputes concerning commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects, mining, energy and renewable energy projects, and large-scale residential developments. Lucas Shipway handles major infrastructure and engineering disputes, including in the road, rail and mining sectors, for government and private-sector clients, while Julie Wright has strong sector expertise from her career as a solicitor, representing clients in contractual construction disputes alongside arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Level Twenty Seven Chambers

Members at Brisbane-based Level Twenty Seven Chambers specialise in large-scale, high-value and cross-border contract, energy, engineering, infrastructure, mining, and building and construction disputes. The set’s barristers regularly appear throughout Australia’s State and Federal Courts, specialist tribunals, significant public inquiries and Royal Commissions, as well as large-scale national and international commercial arbitrations. Members’ interdisciplinary skills are also notable, with key involvements in the air travel, defence, leisure, and energy sectors. Shane Doyle QC represents clients in major domestic and international litigation and arbitration, including acting for Trans-Alta in an ongoing matter in TEC Hedland Pty Ltd v The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd. Nicholas Andreatidis QC appeared before the Queensland Supreme Court in Arup Pty Ltd v Brisbane Airport Corporation, representing Arup in a substantial contract dispute arising out of the construction of the Northern Apron extension at Brisbane Airport. Michael Trim appeared unled in KDR Gold Coast Pty Ltd v CBP Contractors Pty Ltd, representing rail operator KDR in a dispute against the contractors arising out of the design and construction of the AUD200m Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail which links two of Queensland’s key economic areas.

List A Barristers

List A Barristers includes a number of Victoria-based practitioners with strong construction and building practices, involved in major cases at both trial and appellate level across all major jurisdictions in Australia, as well as internationally. Jeffery Gleeson QC is a senior figure in the Victorian Bar, and regularly represents clients in large-scale construction disputes, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Nicholas Hopkins QC is regularly involved in State Supreme Court and Federal Court proceedings arising from construction and infrastructure disputes. Nicolas Pane QC has particular experience in oil, gas, desalination plants, road and rail infrastructure, the construction of pipelines, and in prosecuting and defending delay and disruption claims.

Quayside Chambers

Perth-based Quayside Chambers is a strong choice for energy, infrastructure, and construction sector disputes, with members appearing in major state-level and national litigation, alongside cross-border cases and arbitration. Michael Feutrill SC is regularly briefed by national and international firms on complex sector disputes, with other senior and junior members also retaining active construction practices alongside commercial work.