Michael Lyons



While Michael accepts briefs in all areas of commercial litigation, he has developed particular expertise in complex, lengthy and high-value commercial, construction and resource disputes.
Michael has ranked as one of the leading junior counsel in Queensland in both commercial litigation and construction disputes, and as one of the leading junior counsel in Australia in construction disputes.

David Birch



David has a BA and LLB from the University of Sydney, including being awarded a University Medal in Philosophy. He also has an LLM from the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for English Law. David was awarded the Christopher Gee QC Memorial Prize for Advocacy and Evidence for the May 2016 Bar Practice Course.

David principally practises in commercial and public law. David has appeared led in the High Court, and has appeared led and unled in various federal and New South Wales courts and tribunals.

David is a contributor to Robson’s Annotated Corporations Law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, David practised as a solicitor in the Commercial Litigation group at Clayton Utz for 4 years and was the tipstaff for Justice J C Campbell in the NSW Court of Appeal.

David has also been a casual tutor at the University of Sydney in public law, constitutional law and equity.

Michael Wells



Michael practises in commercial law, corporations law, bankruptcy and insolvency, equity and trusts, and taxation and revenue. He has appeared both led and unled in trials and appeals in a range of courts and tribunals. He has recently appeared led in the High Court of Australia and unled in the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He regularly appears in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Federal Court of Australia and is entitled to practise in all Australian jurisdictions.

Before coming to the Bar, Michael practised as a solicitor in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution groups at Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills specialising in class actions, complex contractual and corporate disputes, and taxation and financial services regulatory investigations and disputes. He was also previously the Tipstaff and Researcher to the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, the Hon Justice Allsop AO.

Michael is a member of the Law Council of Australia Taxation Committee, Australian Bar Association Taxation Committee, Tax Institute Dispute Resolution Technical Committee, Tax Bar Association and International Fiscal Association. He is also a member of the New South Wales Bar Association Costs and Fees Committee.

Michael is a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports, New South Wales Law Reports and Australian Tax Reports.

Mark Sheldon



Mark specialises in major engineering and construction matters, including infrastructure and mining disputes. He has been consistently recognised in the Doyles Guide as a leading construction barrister in New South Wales and as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Construction. His broader practice encompasses complex commercial and property disputes.

Mark regularly appears unled in commercial and construction cases at first instance and in arbitrations. He also has experience in the New South Wales Court of Appeal. His client base consists of top-tier Australian and international construction contractors and sub-contractors, multi-national corporations, overseas mining operators, local councils, certifiers, developers and strata owners.

Mark regularly appears in superior courts and tribunals in New South Wales, as well as in other Australian jurisdictions and internationally. He has appeared unled in domestic arbitrations and with highly esteemed Senior Counsel in multi-million-dollar international arbitrations in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in expert determinations, adjudications and mediations.

Mark provides strategic advice across all aspects of litigation and is commended for his approachability and commitment to achieve the most favourable outcome for his clients. He is also commended for his thorough preparation, strong work ethic and ability to integrate well into a team.

Prior to being called to the Bar in 2015, Mark practised as a solicitor at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Arnold Bloch Leibler and before that was Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Einstein in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Commercial and Technology and Construction Lists). While at Corrs, Mark was seconded to the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) to assist in the drafting of the ACICA Arbitration Rules.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of New South Wales. Previously, he was a headnote author for the New South Wales Law Reports and authored the catchwords for Domestic Commercial Arbitration for the New South Wales Law Reports with John West QC.

Julie Granger



Julie was admitted to the Bar in 2015, after spending over 10 years as a commercial litigator at Clayton Utz, where she worked on a variety of large and smaller matters across a number of jurisdictions and industries.

She accepts briefs in all areas of law, but has special expertise in complex and high-value disputes relating to commercial contracts, professional negligence, breach of trust, and breach of statutory and fiduciary duties. She has particular experience in disputes and regulatory matters relating to the Superannuation sector.

Julie is a member of Council of Southern Cross University and served a number of years on the University’s Law School Advisory Committee.

Julie has recently been included in Doyles Guide’s Emerging Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel New South Wales 2017

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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.

 

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



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Hogan-Doran acting for Private Equity Investors in enforcement of $392 million ICSID Award against Kingdom of Spain in Federal Court.

Hogan-Doran wins for Hyundai 100% security plus interest for enforcement of Singapore arbitral award:
Hyundai Engineering & Steel Industries Co Ltd v Alfasi Steel Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 1054

Hogan-Doran named in four categories in Doyle’s Guide 2018

Justin Hogan-Doran is a senior barrister with 16 years’ experience at the Australian Bar.   He is recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a leading counsel in four separate practice areas – Litigation (2018), Transport (2017, 2018, 2019,2020), 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 is regularly briefed by interstate and foreign attorneys on cross-border litigation in arbitration, infrastructure and transport disputes.

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).

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

Justin is a former officer in the Australian Army.  He commenced his military career as a Commando with the 1st Commando Regiment, and is a former UN Legal Officer at the War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague.

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, and Chief Operating Officer of a ‘dot com’ in London. 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.

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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, 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 the Federal Court and NSW Supreme Court. Simon also has experience conducting and acting for witnesses in public examinations under the Corporations Act and Bankruptcy Act.

‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ recognises Simon in the area of ‘Litigation’ (9th ed, 2017 to 13th ed, 2021).

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

 

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.