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). More recently 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 interstate and foreign attorneys on cross-border litigation in arbitration, infrastructure and transport disputes.

In 2020/2021, Justin has:

  • acted for international investors seeking to enforce over US$6 Billion in ICSID Awards against the Kingdom of Spain (Eiser Infrastructure Ltd v Kingdom of Spain [2020] FCA 157) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright, Allen & Overy and King+Wood Mallesons;
  • been conducting Class Action litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia in consumer and employment matters, instructed by Somerville Legal and Adero Law;
  • appeared in appeals to the Full Federal Court in arbitration (Kingdom of Spain v Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l. [2021] FCAFC 3) and bankruptcy (Endresz v Commonwealth [2021] FCAFC) matters, in the Court of Appeal of the ACT (Endresz v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] ACTCA 48) and in the High Court of Australia (Special Leave), instructed by the Norton Rose Fulbright and the Australian Government Solicitor.

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), Construction (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and Arbitration (2017, 2018, 2019).  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 in transport and construction disputes, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

He 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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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’s practice includes commercial and corporate law, equity, insurance, professional indemnity, public law, trade practices, defamation, and intellectual property. He has appeared in representative proceedings (for applicants and respondents), commissions of inquiry (as counsel assisting ICAC, and for persons and institutions affected), and trials and appeals in federal and state courts. Simon also has experience conducting and acting for witnesses in examinations under the Corporations Act, Bankruptcy Act and ASIC Act.

‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ recognises Simon in the area of ‘Litigation’ (9th ed, 2017 to 14th ed, 2022).

Since 2019, Simon has been a member of a Professional Conduct Committee of the NSW Bar Association.  He also served as a volunteer Director of the Marrickville Legal Centre from 2016 to 2021.

 

Brin Anniwell



Brin was called to the Bar in 2014 and has a broad practice across commercial, public and criminal law.  

 Brin is regularly briefed by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and has conducted prosecution and sentencing hearings in various courts for drug importation offences, carriage service offences, environmental offences and terrorism offences.  She has run a number of jury trials in the New South Wales District Court as lead counsel and has been led by counsel in Supreme Court and District Court trials. 

 Brin’s defence work includes acting for individuals charged with white collar offences, environment offences and offences against various state and Commonwealth legislation.

 Brin appears regularly for governmental agencies in administrative proceedings and appeals.

 Prior to coming to the Bar, Brin was a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor where she practiced predominantly in administrative law, customs and trade law, proceeds of crime and Commonwealth law enforcement.  She has also practiced in banking litigation in the UK where she was a lawyer at Hogan Lovells International LLP.

 Brin has a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales and was listed on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence in 2008 and 2011. Brin also has a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons) and Bachelor of Finance from the University of Newcastle.  

John West QC



John has maintained a wide-ranging practice throughout his career appearing in Courts of first instance, at intermediate and appellate level, and in the High Court of Australia. He has regularly appeared in both State and Federal Courts and tribunals in NSW and across Australia.

While the bulk of his work over many years has been in the commercial area, he has also developed a substantial speciality in industrial law and employment law generally. In this latter area he has appeared in many leading cases involving the Australian mining industry, the transport industry, and also in the Waterfront dispute.

John appeared in the HIH Royal Commission and also in the Glenbrook Rail Inquiry. His work in commercial arbitration includes the lengthy proceedings consequent upon the closure of the submarine re-fit program at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, and also in international arbitrations. He has also considerable experience in coronial inquiries involving, for example, the aftermath of a collapse in a metalliferous mine.

For some 10 years John has practised in commercial mediation both as counsel and more regularly as mediator in a broad range of matters involving such diverse fields as alleged breaches of directors duties, disputes concerning franchise agreement and other contractual disputes of various types including financing contracts, employment contracts, leases, and building and construction contracts.

John has been an active member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association over many years, culminating in his appointment as Regional Co-ordinator for the Asia Pacific region from 2011 to 2013.

As well as Arbitration, John has recently been recognised in Doyles guides latest Leading Workplace Health & Safety Law Senior Counsel – NSW, 2019 and Leading Employment Law Senior Counsel – Australia, 2020

Mark Steele SC



Mark came to the Bar in 1995 after working as a commercial lawyer at Hedderwick Fookes & Alston in Melbourne and Linklaters & Paines in London and then ten years as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs in London, New York and Sydney. He took silk in 2013.

He has acted in a wide range of commercial and company disputes and has been involved in a number of complex and long running commercial cases.

Mark has acted both for and against ASIC in relation to a large number of corporate governance and civil penalty matters, including investigations and litigation arising out of major corporate collapses, such as One.Tel, Allco Financial Group and ABC Learning, and recently appeared for ASIC in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Mark also has a depth of experience in larger, employment related matters (restraints of trade and alleged breaches of employment contracts) in the Federal and Supreme Courts.

Rod Smith SC



Rod has appeared in appellate and trial courts in many Australian states. He has been involved both as junior and senior counsel in significant commercial litigation, including large corporate disputes and lengthy trials.

Edward Muston SC



Edward is recognised for his sound judgment and commercial approach to dispute resolution. He has a broad practice with a focus on commercial disputes, insurance, reinsurance, and the law of professional obligations. He has particular expertise in addressing policy construction and other indemnity issues arising in the context of insurance.

In addition, Edward has substantial experience in public law and the prosecution of environmental offences.He appears regularly for governmental agencies in administrative appeals and prosecutions.

Since 2005, Edward has been a member of a NSW Bar Association Professional Conduct Committee and has advised and appeared for the NSW Bar Council in relation to various disciplinary matters. He teaches advocacy, evidence and ethics to barristers and prospective barristers in connection with the Bar Practice Course and Bar Examinations. Edward is an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Wollongong’s School of Law.


Nick Kidd SC



Nick has practised in commercial litigation for more than 25 years.

He spent the first 7 years of his legal career as a solicitor employed by Allens in Sydney. In 1998, he came to the NSW bar. He was appointed senior counsel in 2012.

Nick appears in a wide range of matters with a focus on commercial, corporations, building and construction and equity litigation.

Nick is a clear, quick and strategic thinker, and easy to work with. He is skilled at identifying the critical issues in complex disputes, and presenting his clients’ arguments persuasively and with clarity.

Michael Jones SC



Michael is generally recognised as a leading insurance silk taking briefs to advise and appear in all Australian jurisdictions.  He has broad experience of all major classes of insurance and reinsurance, with particular expertise in financial lines, general liability, property and business interruption claims.  His advisory practice includes advising many leading brokers and insurers that service Australian markets.  He is known for his depth of understanding of major classes of insurance and his short response times.  He regularly appears in superior courts throughout Australia, in contested indemnity disputes and subrogated claims, as well as general commercial litigation.
Michael is a past adjunct lecturer in insurance law at the University of New South Wales and presents papers to law firms and a number of professional associations related to the insurance industry.