Simon  Fitzpatrick
Simon Fitzpatrick

Simon has practised as a barrister in Sydney since 2010. Before that he worked in New York for eight years, taught at the University of Sydney Law School, and was an associate at the High Court of Australia.

Simon has appeared in representative proceedings (both for applicants and respondents), ICAC investigations (both for a person affected and as counsel assisting the Commission), and trials and appeals in the Federal Court and NSW Supreme Court. Simon has been recognised by ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ (9th ed, 2017; 10th ed, 2018; 11th ed, 2019) in the area of ‘Litigation’.

Simon’s practice focuses on commercial and corporate law, equity, public law, trade practices, defamation, and intellectual property. Given his experience in America, Simon has a particular interest in proceedings with a US dimension (including the taking of depositions in Australia), and advising US clients on aspects of Australian law.

Since June 2016, Simon has served as a volunteer Director of the Marrickville Legal Centre.

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  • Admitted to NSW Bar: 2010
  • Admitted to New York Bar: 2003
  • Admitted as a NSW Solicitor: 2001


  • 2002: LLM (Harvard Law School)
  • 2000: LLB (Hons I & Medal) (Sydney)
  • 1998: BA (Sydney)


“Prospects of Further Copyright Harmonisation?” [2003] European Intellectual Property Review 215 Download pdf

“The Death of the Recording Industry?” (2002) 7 Media and Arts Law Review 279

“Torts or Tort? The Imperial Expansion of Defamation” (2000) 8 Tort Law Journal 263Download pdf

“Protecting Australian Culture in the 21st Century: Television Content Regulation in a Globalising World” (2000) 5 Media and Arts Law Review 223

“Copyright Imbalance: US and Australian Responses to the WIPO Digital Copyright Treaty” [2000] European Intellectual Property Review 214Download pdf