Leading Silks

Colin Golvan AM QCList G Barristers ‘Colin is one of the leading intellectual property silks at the Victorian Bar. He has appeared in many of the leading cases over the past decade including copyright matters.
Tom BlackburnBanco ChambersTom is one of Australia’s leading defamation senior counsel. He is outstanding.
Sandy DawsonBanco ChambersSandy is one of Australia’s leading defamation senior counsel.
Bruce Caine QC  – List G Barristers  ‘One of the leading IP barristers. Uncanny ability to distil complex matter into elegant submissions. 
Georgina Schoff QCDever’s List BarristersShe has extensive experience in media law.
Edward Heerey QCNigel Bowen ChambersEd is very easy to work with, and he is always engaged in the matter. He is clever and good with sensible commercial strategy, and terrific on his feet in court and has the respect of the bench.
Adrian Ryan SCPatterson’s List BarristersA leading silk particularly in patent matters.  A clever legal tactician. Team player, hardworking and very approachable. Agile, knowledgeable, articulate and practical.
Christian Dimitriadis SCNigel Bowen ChambersStrong intellect, real team player and very client service orientated, clear advocacy, effective cross examination in multiple trials, calm, tireless and friendly. Highly recommended.
John Hennessy SCTenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers Good strategic thinker, particularly strong on copyright. 
Katrina Howard SC9 Selborne ChambersA leading IP counsel and someone you always want on your team.’
Richard Cobden SCNigel Bowen Chambers ‘the preeminent copyright silk in Australia. Has appeared in many of the most significant cases of the last 15 years. Our first choice for copyright matters.' 'Outstanding trade marks barrister.  Very insightful and persuasive.'
Tony Bannon SCTenth Floor Wentworth Selborne ChambersThorough, aggressive and agile thinker. Excellent top quality IP Counsel and very good advocate.’
David Shavin QCDever’s List Barristers Excellent, strategic thinker. Works very well as part of a team. Grasps technical aspects quickly and easily. Particular expertise in pharmaceutical matters. 
James HmelnitskySixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers ‘James is one of Australia’s leading defamation senior counsel.
Bruce McClintockSixth Floor Selborne Wentworth ChambersExperienced high quality defamation silk.
Cynthia Cochrane SC5 Wentworth Chambers ‘Excellent. High quality written work.  Also a good advocate.
Angus Lang SCTenth Floor Wentworth Selborne ChambersExtremely clever and never flustered. Always works prodigiously hard.
Tom Cordiner QCList G BarristersTom is a good thinker, lots of lateral ideas which I respect, he is responsive, hard working, respective of my team and clients, a good clear advocate and clear robust submissions, a fighter when you need one, but has a good set of gears for different situations. Excellent all round.
Sophie Goddard SC  – Nigel Bowen Chambers ‘Sophie has deep knowledge of IP, particularly patents. She applies this critically and strategically in the matters she acts in – and as a great team leader she is able to ensure that all members of the legal team perform to their best. She is terrific to work with – flexible; strategic and technically exceptional.’
Michael Hall SCNigel Bowen ChambersMichael has the rare quality of being both a first rate barrister, who wholeheartedly respects and is trusted by the bench, and a client-focused practitioner. He is equally confident and competent in advocating complex legal argument as he is in giving clients strategic commercial advice.
Neil Murray SCTenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers‘Neil is a terrific patent litigator with a deep knowledge of the pharma industry – he is meticulous and strategic in his thinking. An outstanding, recently elevated senior IP barrister across patents, trade marks and copyright. Commands lead roles for generics and biosimilar developers, very sharp and incisive.’
Patrick Flynn SCEleven Wentworth BarristersAn effective and efficient advocate who consistently adds value to matters in which he is briefed. Analytical mind with a strong technical background making him well suited for complex patent matters.
David Thomas SC – Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers  ‘A skilled and hard-working silk, David is also strategic and very easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Matthew Richardson153 Phillip Street Barristers  ‘Very experienced defamation junior. Excellent. ’
Lyndell Barnett–Level 22 Chambers‘One of Australia’s leading defamation junior counsel.
Kate BeattieList G Barristers  ‘One of the leading Melbourne IP juniors for patent matters.
Justine BeaumontNigel Bowen ChambersJustine has been an exceptional part of the team in our matters to date. She has guided us deftly through novel applications to the court with her knowledge of court procedure and also its expectations.
Chris BurgessNigel Bowen Chambers Chris is exceptional in every way – a fine legal mind, client-focussed, hard working, an absolute pleasure to work with. He is particularly highly regarded as a senior junior patent barrister and I look forward to having the opportunity to brief him again.
Julian Cooke5 Wentworth ChambersExtremely effective IP junior. Can be trusted with advocacy for substantial matters including unled.
Peter Creighton-SelvayList G BarristersExtraordinary skills for a junior IP barrister. Very impressive and great to work with.
Clare CunliffeList G BarristersAn original legal thinker. Works seamlessly with the solicitor team and with senior counsel. Hard working and very approachable.
Andrew Fox5 Wentworth ChambersOne of the most effective and experienced “junior” barristers specialising in all areas of intellectual property law. 
David Larish5 Wentworth Chambers‘Excellent up and coming junior IP barrister in Sydney. First-class technical skills.
Luke MerrickList G BarristersOutstanding junior IP barrister across patents, trade marks, designs and copyright.
Stephen RebikoffList G BarristersSecond to none in trade marks.
Craig SmithList G Barristers  ‘Regularly briefed by us, he is very experienced in patent matters.
Sandip Mukerjea–Devers’ List Barristers
Ben GardinerList G BarristersExcellent knowledge of IP, particularly in relation to trade marks and copyright. A go-to IP expert.
Hamish BevanNigel Bowen ChambersHamish has a very strong knowledge of the law of intellectual property and his written submissions on legal concepts are excellent.'
Gabriella Rubagotti  – Nigel Bowen ChambersGabriella has first-rate technical knowledge and attention to detail, but also shows excellent creativity when coming up with smart and effective legal strategies.
Shauna RossNigel Bowen ChambersShauna is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and articulate. She weighs the pros and cons of next steps in litigation very carefully before recommending the best course of action.
Warwick Rothnie  – List G Barristers  ‘A stalwart of the Victorian IP bar. Strong, academic focus – particularly in copyright and patent matters.

Rising Stars

Marcus FlemingList G BarristersSmart, careful, responsible, knowledgeable, very responsive and efficient. A very safe pair of hands. 
Angela McDonald5 Wentworth ChambersVery experienced in IP law, previously as a solicitor. Very efficient and prompt with turnaround of advice.
Edwina WhitbyNigel Bowen ChambersExcellent junior. Strong grasp of the law and Federal Court practice generally. A delight to work with; approachable, smart, willing to give time to the client.

TMT and IP in Australia Bar

5 Wentworth Chambers

Members at Sydney-based 5 Wentworth Chambers regularly appear before state and federal courts in high-profile intellectual property disputes, including patent litigation, ACCC examinations, and commercial cases. It has a particular focus on biological medicines and pharmaceuticals, and appears in trials, appeals, and commercial disputes. Julian Cooke is a specialist IP practitioner, representing international clients including in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, mining and media industries in major disputes, including a number before the High Court relating to patent and trade mark disputes. Andrew Fox SC is active in patent and trade mark oppositions held at IP Australia, while David Larish is focused on IP and commercial disputes, appearing led and unled before the High Court, Federal Court, and IP Australia.

List G Barristers

List G Barristers includes a number of specialist IP practitioners, with senior and junior expertise across patents, trade marks, disputes, and associated litigation, including proceedings in state and federal courts. Luke Merrick has appeared at trial and appellate level, with a particular focus on trade marks, passing off, patents and copyright, and appeared for Lundbeck in Lundbeck v Sandoz, with his client alleging Sandoz infringed Lundbeck’s escitalopram patent. Peter Creighton-Selvay has appeared in numerous precedent setting intellectual property cases, both at trial and appellate level, including the decision of the High Court in Calidad v Seiko, in which the High Court reversed over a century of caselaw and recognised the “exhaustion doctrine” in respect of patent rights. Garry Fitzgerald QC has extensive experience in commercial IP litigation, representing Merck KGaA in the Australian arm of worldwide litigation relating to usage of the name ‘Merck’ globally.

Nigel Bowen Chambers

Nigel Bowen Chambers has a strong record in intellectual property work, with a number of junior and senior members regularly advising and appearing in Australian intellectual property proceedings at trial and appellate level, including large scale patent infringement and revocation proceedings, trade mark infringement and rectification proceedings, passing off, and infringement proceedings before IP Australia. The Sydney-based set is also noted for its broad sector expertise, with active involvement in the media, technology, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. Richard Cobden SC has particular expertise in the media and entertainment industries, and is representing the University of Adelaide in an upcoming Federal Court case against the Copyright Agency, relating to renumeration paid by the University for reproducing copyrighted material for educational use.Sophie Goddard SC is a specialist IP practitioner with trial and appellate experience, and is representing Community First Credit Union in its case against Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in the Federal Court, seeking the revocation of the latter’s “Community Bank” trade mark. Christian Dimitriadis SC  appeared as Senior Counsel for the Commissioner of  Patents against Rokt in the Federal and High Courts, and was ultimately successful in establishing that a computer-implemented method for an online advertising scheme was not patentable subject matter.

Testimonials

‘Alistair Coyne clerk is very dedicated, highly responsive and effective. You can tell that he really cares about the barristers at Nigel Bowen and the quality of the services the set provides.’

‘Alistair Coyne has been the senior managing clerk at Nigel Bowen Chambers for several years now. In my experienced, Alistair manages things effortlessly and is so easy to deal with.’

‘Alistair is wonderful in his role, very responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Alistair is the clerk of all clerks. If clerking was an Olympic sport, Alistair would win gold every time and hold the world record. Their is no job too big or too small. Thank you Alistair for you support over the years.’

Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers

Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers offers a number of senior figures with expertise in intellectual property issues, including trade marks, copyright, passing-off, and misleading advertising, working across key sectors such as telecoms, media, and IT. John Hennessy SC regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, both at first instance and on appeal, and has appeared in a number of leading intellectual property cases in the High Court of Australia, as well as before intellectual property regulators. ‘Renowned cross-examinerTony Bannon SC  has a strong record in litigation, while Neil Murray SC has a particular focus on the pharmaceuticals space, including leading notable cases relating to generic products. Angus Lang SC, raised to silk in 2020, is praised for his ‘strong technical skills‘.

Dever's List Barristers

Dever’s List Barristers includes senior specialist IP practitioner David Shavin QC, who has extensive trial and appellate experience in Australia in the Federal Court and High Court, focused heavily, but not exclusively, on patents (especially pharmaceutical and life sciences) and trade marks, as well as handling high-level intellectual property disputes in the NSW and Victoria Supreme Courts. Craig Smith also has a strong focus on patent and trade mark work, and regularly handles cases with highly technical and scientific subject matter.

List A Barristers

List A Barristers includes intellectual property practitioners with expertise in patents, trade marks, copyright, confidential information, designs and plant breeders’ rights, with members working across all Australian jurisdictions and before the Federal and High Courts. Bruce Caine QC is an experienced litigator with a strong focus on intellectual property disputes at trial and appellate level, as well as before regulatory bodies.