Jonathan Adamopoulos



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.

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.

Edward Anderson



Edward practises principally in common law and criminal law. He appears regularly in the Local, District and Supreme Courts of New South Wales, the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal. He also appears at inquests and inquiries.

Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Edward worked as tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Meagher of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the Hon. Justice Johnson of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He also tutored in Torts, Torts & Contracts II and Civil & Criminal Procedure at the University of Sydney.

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.

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.

 

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 Walsh SC



Mark Walsh was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1994, and took silk in 2015. His areas of practice include general litigation, commercial disputes, contract, tort, medical negligence, professional negligence, insurance law and coronial proceedings. Mark has a particular interest in factual disputes,evidence, causation, statutory interpretation, the operation of WCA s151Z in common law proceedings, collateral source recoveries and suggesting practical solutions to “interesting” legal problems.

Mark is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Costs and Fees Committee. Mark is a contributing author to Thomson Reuters’ Civil Practice and Procedure, including the provisions on evidence and expert evidence in Part 31. He regularly lectures on litigation at seminars conducted by the University of New South Wales, including the Litigation Master Class series.

Some recent cases in which Mark has appeared include:
McLennan v Meyer Vandenberg 2020 ACTCA 7
Leda Commercial Properties Pty Ltd v Brenda Hungerford Pty Ltd [2018] ACTCA 17
Goran Petrovic v Dr Anthony Johnson [2017] NSWDC 205
Read v Burns [2017] ACTSC 184
Hobson v Northern Sydney Local Health District [2017] NSWSC 589
Tuggeranong Town Centre Pty Ltd v Brenda Hungerford Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] ACTSC 88
Europa International Pty Ltd v Child [2016] NSWSC 923
Europa International Pty Ltd v Child (No 2) [2016] NSWSC 1275

Mark has been recognised in Best Lawyers for professional negligence since 2017 and recently in Doyles Guide for Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barristers – Canberra, 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.

Robert Stitt QC



Robert Stitt QC is one of Australia’s most senior Queen’s Counsel. He has acted in a wide range of matters including Royal Commissions and Boards of Enquiry, commercial litigation and arbitration, defamation, common law including professional negligence and product liability, and insurance law.

He regularly appears for insurance companies in relation to major claims and commercial disputes in both state and Federal jurisdictions, and is briefed by professional associations including the NSW Law Society, the ACT Law Society, the NSW Bar Association, the Australian Dental Association and the Pharmacy Council in professional negligence and disciplinary proceedings.

For many years he acted for the Australian Jockey Club and the thoroughbred racing industry in disciplinary proceedings. He has an extensive knowledge of the mining industry, and has represented the colliery proprietors in the Judicial Inquiries into the Appin Mine disaster and the West Wallsend Mine explosion. He also appeared for the New South Wales Water Board in the Reynolds Commission of Enquiry into mining under stored water.

He appeared in the Gyles Royal Commission into the building industry, the Court of Marine Enquiry into the burning of the tanker “Cellana”, and he represented the joint venturers in the Enquiry into the 2003 Canberra bushfires. In 2000, He appeared at the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s cash-for-comment inquiry in commercial radio on behalf of the Australian Bankers Association, He has also appeared both as counsel assisting and on behalf of parties in various Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearings, including representing senior politicians and ministers of the Crown in the North Coast Land Development enquiry.