Shanaka Jayasuriya



Shanaka accepts briefs in all areas of the law, and works in both civil and criminal law. Since being called to the Bar, he has worked alongside highly regarded Senior Counsel and barristers in complex litigation.

Shanaka has acquired considerable international experience, both academically and as a solicitor in Sydney and London. Commencing his legal career as a trainee solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London, he practised in the financial services, corporate, litigation and employment departments and was seconded to the competition law practice group of the firm’s office in Brussels, and to a major multi-national corporation to it assist with its compliance with significant UK legislation.

Upon his return to Australia, Shanaka gained valuable legal experience as Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice McColl AO of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and to the Honourable Justice Robb of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He later joined the commercial disputes group at Henry Davis York, where he practised as a solicitor, advising and acting in a broad range of commercial matters.

Shanaka holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Law (with First Class Honours) from the University of Oxford, where he was a Broughton-Forrest Exhibitioner. He was School Captain and Dux at The King’s School.

Jesmini Ambikapathy



Jesmini accepts briefs in all areas of law including commercial, intellectual property, corporations, equity and administrative law.

Jesmini has significant experience in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.
Prior to coming to the Bar, she worked in the patent litigation team of a top tier Australian law firm and as in-house counsel for the CSIRO and two listed global pharmaceutical companies. She was the associate to the Hon. Justice A. C. Bennett AO of the Federal Court of Australia and a Gates scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she completed an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise.

Mark Sheldon



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.

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.

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 has a diverse practice with an emphasis on 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 can 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 Honorable Justice R I Barrett of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

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. He speaks French.

Harrison is a contributor to Robson’s Annotated Corporations Legislation. He regularly appears for Marrickville Legal Centre’s youth clients on a pro bono basis. He has adopted the Law Council’s National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy.

Harrison accepts briefs to appear in Western Australia.

Andrew Byrne



I practise in trial and appellate advocacy for complex and large-scale litigation in the areas of: commercial, equity and trusts; corporations law; trade practices; taxation and revenue; insurance and reinsurance; real property; intellectual property; and public law.

Most of my cases are in the Supreme Court of NSW or Federal Court, including their appellate divisions. I also regularly appear in tribunals (e.g. NCAT) and lower courts.

At the below link is my CV with further information about my background and practice.  It also contains details of a selection of cases on which I have worked at the Bar.

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)

Eli Ball



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.

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 Recommended in the latest Doyles Guide Leading Transport Barristers – Australia, 2020