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.  She is part of the 7th Floor’s White Collar Crime Team.

 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.  

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.

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.

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.

Jeremy Giles SC



Jeremy is briefed to advise and appear across a wide range of matters. He appears at trial and on appeal, frequently in complex commercial causes.

In addition to commercial causes, Jeremy often appears in regulatory proceedings arising under the Corporations Act 2001 and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Jeremy regularly appears in the Supreme Court of NSW, particularly in the Commercial List, other State Supreme Courts, the Federal Court, the NSW Land & Environment Court, and appeal courts including the High Court. He also appears in other tribunals, in expert determinations and is briefed to advise in matters before the Takeovers Panel.

Before joining the NSW bar in 2006, Jeremy practiced in Perth (1998-2006) and was a partner in a Perth commercial litigation practice (2002-2006).

Jeremy was recently ranked as a leading Silk in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific guide for Commercial disputes, regarded as ‘An excellent commercial silk, super friendly, and very good with clients.’ , ‘is intelligent, commercial and a great lateral thinker’.

Jeremy is consistently recognised and ranked among his peers in Chambers and Partners Global Edition with responses including: “excellent commercial silk”; “extremely popular and hard-working, very capable and brimming with ideas”; “incredible ability to turn things around.” and “at the top of his game”

Jeremy also appears in  Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, Best Lawyers and Doyles Guide’s Litigation and Insolvency lists.

   

Mark Dempsey SC



Mark has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s leading Senior Counsel in the areas of major construction, engineering and infrastructure litigation and international arbitration. He also has extensive experience in a wide range of complex commercial and equity cases at trial and on appeal in State and Federal Courts throughout Australia.

Regularly briefed in technically challenging and highly complex disputes across Australia and the Asia Pacific, Mark has represented a broad range of government and leading corporate clients in large scale disputes. His expansive practice has seen him appear in disputes in Singapore and Fiji as well as Australia.

During his three decades in practice as a barrister, 15 years as Senior Counsel, Mark’s clients have derived great benefit from his extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Mark is highly commended for the strength of his advocacy, legal knowledge and expertise.

Over the past several years, Mark has received numerous accolades as a leading expert in Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide, Best Lawyers in Australia, Who’s Who Legal and Doyles Guide.
He is widely regarded as being one of the leading construction barristers in Australia.

Mark also practises as an Arbitrator (he is a Fellow of CIArb, ACICA and AIAC) mediator and expert determiner.