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.
Bachier accepts briefs in all areas of law.
Bachier holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Optometry (Hons).
He received numerous academic prizes, including the University Medal for law.
Prior to joining the Bar, Bachier practiced across a wide range of jurisdictions and areas of law, including commercial litigation, property law, tax and criminal law.
Bachier was previously a tipstaff to the Honourable Tobias, Sackville and Campbell AJJA, in the New South Wales Court of Appeal.
Bachier has also previously worked as an Optometrist across Australia in metro and rural practices.
Michael was called to the Bar in NSW in 1995. Since then he has practiced predominantly in commercial and construction law. He has acted for and against principals, developers, contractors, design professionals and their insurers in complex commercial, contract, negligence and misleading or deceptive conduct claims arising out of a wide range of civil, industrial, mining, commercial and residential construction projects in all States and Territories. In more recent years Michael’s particular area of interest and expertise has focused on claims by owners corporations and strata lot owners to recover the cost of repairs to common property in multi-storey residential and mixed use strata developments in NSW and the ACT and the circumstances in which recourse may be available under residential building works insurance policies in NSW or under the fidelity fund scheme operating in the ACT.
Michael has a reputation for thorough preparation, mastery of detail in factually complex matters, giving pragmatic and accurate legal advice, and as an effective advocate and negotiator. He accepts briefs to appear in NSW and the ACT.
Michael was recently appointed as a sessional Senior Member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Jonathan was called to the bar in 2018 and accepts briefs in all areas of law. He has particular expertise in intellectual property, building and construction, employment and safety, and commercial and corporate disputes.
Prior to being called to the bar, Jonathan was a senior associate at Allens, where he maintained a diverse litigious and advisory practice. He also acted for clients in response to regulatory investigations and prosecutions. He has acted for and advised government departments and private sector clients in a variety of industries and sectors including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, transport, property investment and FMCG.
Jonathan is a sessional lecturer in law at Western Sydney University where he lectures in civil procedure and arbitration, and work health and safety law. He is also an adjunct lecturer in advocacy at the College of Law. Jonathan is a co-author of Zuckerman on Australian Civil Procedure, one of the leading texts on civil litigation, and a contributor to National Work Health and Safety Law. He is also a headnoter for the Intellectual Property Reports.
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.
Nuala accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law, but has special expertise in representative (class-action) proceedings and complex, high–value engineering and construction disputes.
She regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and in private arbitrations and in mediations.
Nuala is ranked in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2020, Construction & Infrastructure – Band 1, as “a very highly regarded junior” who regularly appears on complex construction and engineering cases with clients describing her as “excellent” and “a very bright and very thorough lawyer” (Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, 2020).
She is recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the areas of “Construction and Infrastructure” (Best Lawyers Australia, 2019 – 2013) “Litigation” (Best Lawyers Australia, 2019 – 2016) and rated as “pre–eminent” in the area of “Construction Law” in Australia (Doyles Guide, 2018 – 2016) and New South Wales (Doyles Guide, 2020).
Nuala was named “Junior Counsel of the Year, Australia” in 2013 by Lawyers Weekly, Australia.
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.
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.
Duncan Macfarlane has practiced at the Bar since May 2006, specialising in contracts and building and construction disputes.
Duncan has advised on many such disputes and has appeared in the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, District Court and the Local Court as well as in tribunals, arbitrations, mediations and expert determinations.
Duncan has been listed in the Doyle’s Guide to Leading Construction Barristers NSW in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and in Doyle’s Guide to Leading Construction Barristers Australia 2016.
Duncan is now available to conduct mediations. Details of his rates and availability can be obtained from the clerk, Simon Walker.