12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers has a diverse practice in crime, regulatory and white collar crime cases, with members briefed by both leading firms and regulators such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in civil proceedings and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in criminal cartel conduct. Jonathan Clark was involved in ACCC v BlueScope Steel Ltd, a cartel matter dealing with respondents attempting to induce understandings containing price fixing provisions with seven steel distributors, one import trader and one overseas steel mill. Sophie Callan SC is a Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate for the Australian Defence Force, and has appeared in high profile murder charges, whereas Yaseen Shariff SC practices in the Court of Criminal Appeal and has been involved in several leading cases in white collar and counter-terrorism cases. Anna Garsia is a name to watch for her work in complex environmental prosecution matters and regulatory matters involving the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Crime and regulatory (including white-collar crime) in Australia Bar
12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
New Chambers ‘takes the lead in handling high-profile investigations,‘ with its members frequently briefed to appear for and against leading regulatory and investigative authorities in Australia, including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Police, as well as acting as investigators. Notable cases include Adam Bell SC, commissioned by the NSW Government, delivering his report of his inquiry in the Star Casino, alongside Kate Eastman SC continuing to act as the lead counsel assisting the Disability Royal Commission. Greg O’Mahoney has appeared both led and unled in proceedings across Australia dealing with market abuse, market manipulation and insider trading.
‘The service at all levels is fantastic. Angela Noakes, who competently manages the chambers, deserves high praise. The clerks’ room is adept at handling any request, no matter how urgent or critical. There is a strong sense of camaraderie and rapport among the barristers, clerks, research assistants and service staff.’
‘Angela Noakes, clerk and practice manager of chambers is always a pleasure to deal with and very helpful in advising on availability of counsel.’
‘New Chambers takes the lead in handling high-profile investigations. The collegial environment fosters a culture of celebrating and supporting each other’s successes.’