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.

Deborah Robinson



After 12 years at the Bar, combining advocacy and mediation work, Deborah commenced full time practice as a mediator in 2016. Deborah has been conducting mediations since 2000, initially as a court appointed mediator/Registrar of the Supreme Court and from 2004 in private practice.

Deborah is an accredited mediator under the Australian National Mediator Standards and is appointed to both the Supreme and District Court mediation panels. She was a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Association from 2012-2018, making regular contributions to mediators’ conferences and continuing professional development seminars conducted by that Committee as well as policy developments under consideration by the Committee.

Deborah completed a Certificate of Advanced Mediation from the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre in 2000. She held various positions as a Registrar of the Supreme Court from 1999 to 2004, including acting as Registrar in Equity, the Professional Negligence List Registrar and the Possession List Registrar. During her time at the Court Deborah conducted court annexed mediations in Equity and Common Law, primarily in relation to disputes involving family provision, medical negligence and possession.

In private practice from 2004 Deborah has successfully mediated across a wide range of disputes including litigation in the areas of insurance, wills and estates, commercial law, real property, equity and trusts, medical negligence, defamation, restraint of trade and personal injury and has conducted facilitated family conferences in Guardianship matters.

Deborah is committed to interest based negotiation and to achieving commercial outcomes.

As counsel she had appeared in a range of matters including family provision, probate, trusts, guardianship, real property, restraint of trade, professional negligence and defamation.

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.

 

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.