Chantal Nguyen



Chantal accepts briefs in all areas of law. She is part of the 7th Floor’s White Collar Crime Team.

Before being called to the Bar, Chantal acted as a Principal and Senior Federal Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, specialising in commercial, financial, and fraud prosecutions and appearing unled in Commonwealth proceedings. Prior to that, she was a litigator at Corrs Chambers Westgarth where she worked on a wide range of commercial disputes as well as Land and Environment Court proceedings.

Chantal holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) from the University of New South Wales, and was the UNSW Human Rights Fellow to Legal Aid NSW. She has also appeared for Australia before the United Nations in Geneva.

Chantal was the Associate to Justices Jagot, Griffiths, and Bromwich in the Federal Court of Australia.

Stephen Puttick



Stephen has a varied commercial and public law practice. He accepts briefs in all areas of law, with a particular interest in commercial, competition, class action, insurance, and trusts matters.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Stephen was the Researcher to the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for Justice J K Ward, now President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, and was a solicitor at Clayton Utz.

Stephen has been widely published on a range of subjects, including diversity in legal education and the profession. He is the co-editor of Current Issues in Competition Law: Context and Interpretation (The Federation Press, 2021) and Current Issues in Competition Law: Practice and Perspectives (The Federation Press, 2021).

Stephen has held several sessional academic positions, including most recently at The University of Sydney. He remains an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. He is also a Reporter for the New South Wales Law Reports and was previously a Reporter for the Federal Law Reports.

Outside of practice, Stephen is completing his doctorate. His doctoral thesis re-evaluates the law of equitable estoppel, including its relationship to common law estoppels, contract, and unjust enrichment.

Nathan Li



Nathan accepts briefs in all areas of law.
Prior to joining the Bar, He was a solicitor at Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills working on a range of commercial, taxation, regulatory and public law matters.
Nathan was previously the Associate to Justice Edmonds in the Federal Court of Australia.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
Nathan is also a reporter for the Federal Court Reports and Federal Law Reports.

Nathan was recently recognised as a recommended junior in Doyles Guide’s Leading New South Wales Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2021.

Harrison Grace



Harrison practices primarily in the areas of commercial law, corporations law, equity, trusts, professional negligence, property, planning and environment law, and public law.  A select list of cases in which he has appeared is attached to his CV, which may be downloaded below.

Before coming to the Bar in 2016, Harrison worked in international arbitration in Singapore for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (focusing primarily upon investor-state and treaty disputes), and in Paris for Allen & Overy (on large scale commercial claims).

Harrison was previously Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice R I Barrett of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.  He was also a contributor to Robson’s Annotated Corporations Legislation.

Harrison holds a Juris Doctor (Dist) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) from the University of Sydney. He taught Civil and Criminal Procedure at Sydney Law School and worked there as a researcher. He studied on exchange at Sciences Po, Paris and speaks French.

Eli Ball



Eli accepts briefs in all areas of civil and commercial law.

Eli regularly advises and appears (both led and unled) in matters before the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia, as well as lower courts and tribunals. His practice includes general and commercial equity, corporations, class actions, building and construction, insolvency, insurance, professional liability, property, and probate.

Prior to coming to the bar, Eli was a solicitor in the disputes team at Ashurst in Sydney.  He was also previously Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice David Ipp AO at the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Eli has a Doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford, where he focussed on the laws of restitution, unjust enrichment, equity, trusts, and tracing.  His doctoral thesis, Enrichment at the Claimant’s Expense: Attribution Rules in Unjust Enrichment was published as a book in 2016.  While at Oxford, Eli also completed the Bachelor of Civil Law and Master of Philosophy in Law, and was a college lecturer in contract, equity and trusts, and tort.

Away from the law, Eli is an accomplished marathon butterfly swimmer.  He is the record-holder for butterflying the Rottnest Channel (19.7km) in Western Australia.

Quintin Rares



Quintin was admitted as a lawyer in 2012. He commenced practice at the NSW Bar in 2014.

He is also a postgraduate unit of study coordinator and adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has authored a textbook in negotiation.

At the Bar, Quintin has a general practice. He regularly appears in commercial, tax, equity, insurance, maritime, construction, tort and crime matters. He is experienced in representative proceedings.

He has appeared in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court (including the Court of Appeal). Quintin has appeared in Commonwealth Tribunals, the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court of Australia (including in the Full Court) and the High Court. He has also appeared in arbitration.

A full list of his publications is available here.

Quintin has recently been recognised as preeminent in the latest Doyles Guide Leading Transport Barristers – Australia, 2022

David Price



David has practiced as a barrister since 2006.  Before that, he had been a solicitor for over 10 years at a large commercial firm and tipstaff to the Hon Justice Cohen of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

His areas of practice include commercial law, company law, insolvency, mortgages & securities, equity & trusts, land law and wills & estates.  He appears in trials and appellate matters in both state and federal jurisdictions and has appeared in various commissions of inquiry.

David also has substantial experience in mediations as counsel and as the mediator.  The areas of his mediation practice include contractual, business and commercial disputes, partnerships, franchises, leasing, lending and mortgage enforcement, real property, equity and trusts, and estate disputes.

David has written a textbook on limitation of actions and a casebook on constitutional law, now in its sixth edition published in 2016.  He has contributed articles to various journals.  Most recently he has published a series of articles in the Law Society Journal on estate litigation.

Outside his practice, David is an active surf lifesaver.  He has also competed in several Ironman triathlons, and various marathons and half-marathons.  That has led to his advising sports clubs and associations.

 

Gerald Ng



Gerald was admitted to the NSW Bar in 2008. He has since appeared in diverse jurisdictions, including the High Court of Australia to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and in a diverse range of cases, ranging from commercial and insurance disputes to constitutional and administrative law matters. These include two successful challenges to the constitutional validity of the National School Chaplaincy Program.

Before coming to the Bar, Gerald was an Associate to the Hon W M C Gummow AC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, and then a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), first in its Financial Services Group and subsequently in Dispute Resolution.

Gerald was also previously a lecturer in Federal Constitutional Law at the University of New South Wales.

Helena Mann



Helena was admitted to the Bar in 2014 after practising as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and acting as a Tipstaff and Associate to Justice Slattery in the NSW Supreme Court.

She practices mainly in complex commercial and general equity matters (with particular interest in trust and property disputes). She also utilises her extensive commercial experience to assist on complex commercial prosecutions and is part of the 7th Floor’s White Collar Crime Team.

Helena is often able to draw on her legal education and experience in both civil and common law jurisdictions to find unique solutions for complex legal issues requiring a broader perspective.

She was born and raised in Poland where she graduated with a Masters of Law from the University of Warsaw and started her legal career. In 2009 she moved to Australia for love and completed a Bachelor of Law (1st Class Hons) at the University of Sydney. She is fluent in Polish and also knows German and Russian.

Justin Hogan-Doran SC



Justin Hogan-Doran SC was appointed Senior Counsel in 2020 after 16 years at the NSW and Australian Bar.

Justin is regularly briefed by Australian and International firms and institutions especially in cross-border litigation and arbitration, including Investor-State claims, Shipping and Transport, Infrastructure and international enforcement action.  He also acts in complex class action disputes for Australian and international litigation funders.  He is also instructed by the Australian Government Solicitor for the Commonwealth of Australia in complex commercial litigation involving the Commonwealth.

In the past 2 years, Justin has acted and is acting:

  • As counsel for international investors seeking to enforce over US$6 Billion in ICSID Awards against the Kingdom of Spain (including cases currently before the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court of Australia – see Kingdom of Spain v Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l. [2021] FCAFC 3 and [2021] FCAFC 112) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • As counsel for international hedge fund investors seeking to enforce an UNCITRAL Award against the Republic of India (currently before the Federal Court);
  • As counsel for litigation-funded group members in the Supreme Court of NSW and NSW Court of Appeal against Scenic Tours (Moore v Scenic Tours Pty Ltd (No.4) [2022] NSWSC 270, now on appeal to NSW Court of Appeal)
  • As counsel for the Commonwealth of Australia, in the first ever Barnes v Addy claim against the Commonwealth, brought by a litigation funded entity (currently before the Commercial List of the Supreme Court of NSW);
  • As advisor to a P&I Club in connection with the total loss of the ship, cargo and crew of the MV Gulf Livestock I in the East China Sea, involving claims under Australian, New Zealand and Philippines law;
  • As advisor to a marine salvage company in connection with the recent rescue and salvage of the MV Portland Bay off the East coast of Australia;
  • As counsel for the owners in an international arbitration in Sydney concerning faulty design of a commercial fishing vessel (under the ACICA Rules)

He has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a leading or recommended counsel in three specialist practice areas – Transport (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), Construction (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and Arbitration (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022).  He has been recognised since 2009 in Best Lawyers® in Australia in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Shipping & Maritime, and was named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Shipping and Maritime 2019’.

Justin also regularly appears in arbitrations in Australia and sits as an arbitrator.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA).

Justin acts as a mediator on request in specialist and commercial disputes.

Justin was a Councillor and the Treasurer of the NSW Bar Association in 2015.

Prior to the Bar, Justin worked as a Banking & Finance Solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King + Wood Mallesons). He was also a Management Consultant in the Financial Practice area of the Boston Consulting Group in Sydney. His extensive experience in business and finance makes him one of the most commercially minded counsel at the Australian Bar.

Justin is a long-time lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School in Litigation, Equity, Private International Law and Transnational Commercial Litigation (at Humboldt University, Berlin).  He was the 1998-2000 Menzies Scholar to Oxford University (BCL/MPhil), where he won the John Morris Prize for Private International Law.  He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law from the University of Sydney.  In 1996, he was an associate to His Excellency Sir Ninian Stephen at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

Justin is a former officer in the Australian Army.  He commenced his military career as a Commando with the 1st Commando Regiment, and was later a Captain in the Australian Army Legal Corps, with postings to the Military Law Centre and HQ Special Operations.

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