Mark Sheldon



Mark specialises in major engineering and construction matters, including infrastructure and mining disputes. He has been consistently recognised in Doyles Guide as a leading construction barrister in New South Wales and more recently in Doyles Guide’s Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – Australia, also 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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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.

Martin Smith



Prior to commencing at the Bar in 2011, Martin practised as a commercial litigation solicitor (including at Freehills) for four years and spent 18 months as associate to a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

Martin practises in corporate and commercial law, building and construction law, property law (particularly lease disputes), employment law (often including restraints of trade and confidential information issues) corporate insolvency/bankruptcy, trade practices (particularly involving misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off), insurance and administrative law.

Martin has appeared led and unled in commercial matters in all of the principal courts in New South Wales as well as the Federal Court. He often appears (usually as sole counsel) for Commonwealth departments in judicial review and related appeal proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court and the High Court.

Martin has a substantial advice practice and is also regularly briefed to appear in urgent interlocutory applications in relation to property, restraint of trade and corporations law matters.

Recent significant or reported matters:

• Successfully defended a large international engineering firm in a professional negligence and misleading or deceptive conduct action brought against it. The amount claimed was in excess of $50 million and it occupied over five weeks of hearing time: Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd v John Holland Pty Ltd and Ors (No 4) [2018] NSWSC 326.

• Northern Sydney Local Health District v Amaca Pty Ltd (under NSW administered winding up) [2017] NSWCA 251; insurance; double compensation

• SZTAL v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] HCA 34; High Court of Australia – statutory construction; interaction between the Convention against Torture and the Migration Act (successful, led by the Commonwealth Solicitor-General)

• Acted for respondent Minister in a judicial review case in the Federal Court involving allegations of bias arising from comments made by the Minister on public radio (successful, unled for the Minister against silk) – Zaburoni v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 654

• CGU Insurance Limited v AAI Limited [2016] NSWCA 335 – insurance, statutory interpretation

Lock v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2016) 111 ACSR 318 – class action involving allegations of negligence; misfeasance in public office (for ASIC)

• Various insolvency proceedings, acting for liquidators, companies and revenue authorities

• Acting for a director in a significant case involving allegations of breach of directors of duty and insolvent trading

• Various professional negligence actions against solicitors (briefed by insurers)

• Acted for the successful defendants in a three-week confidential information trial. Indemnity costs were awarded in the defendants’ favour.

• Shrestha v Migration Review Tribunal (2015) 229 FCR 301 (Full Federal Court); SZWBH v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2015) 229 FCR 317 (Full Federal Court); AAV15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2015) 230 FCR 454) – procedural fairness; scope of the Court’s summary dismissal power (all unled for the Minister)

• New South Wales Netball Association Ltd v Probuild Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd [2015] NSWSC 1339 – change of position under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)

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, 2021

 

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.

Brett Le Plastrier



Brett was called to the Bar in 2009. Prior to this he was a Tipstaff in the Queensland Court of Appeal, and worked as a solicitor in competition law, insolvency, and general commercial litigation.

Brett has a broad practice in corporate and commercial litigation, including building and construction, banking and finance, insolvency, equity, property, local government and environmental law, and intellectual property.

He appears, regularly without senior counsel, in motions, trials, and appeals in Federal, New South Wales and Queensland courts and tribunals.

Due to his experience with litigation in Queensland he is often retained by solicitors in New South Wales to act and advise in relation to disputes in Queensland.

Brett continues to be recognised as a recommended junior in Doyles Guide’s Leading New South Wales Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2021.

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Jason Lazarus SC



Jason was appointed Senior Counsel in 2019, having been called to the Bar in 2004, after spending a year as the associate to the Hon Justice John Lehane of the Federal Court, and then practising as a solicitor for 5 years in a leading law firm.

Although Jason practises predominantly in the Land and Environment and Supreme Courts (and the Court of Appeal in appellate matters), he is experienced in a wide range of jurisdictions and areas of law, ranging from general commercial litigation and equity to planning and environmental law and public / administrative law. He has been recognised as a leader in the field of planning and environmental law, ranked as a “Leading” senior counsel in the most recent issue of Doyle’s Guide “Leading Planning & Environment Barristers – NSW”.

David Hughes



David appears in complex commercial and corporate disputes. He has acted in significant cases for major corporations in the following fields:
• resources and infrastructure
• telecommunications
• investor class actions
• competition
• construction
David is an author of ‘The Interpretation of Contracts in Australia’ and is often consulted on difficult or significant questions of contractual interpretation.
David also appears in the Federal Courts in judicial review applications.
David also has expertise in private international law, and he is a former legal officer for the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

David was recently included as ‘A leading senior junior counsel specialising in contract and construction disputes. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.
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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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