Stephen Puttick



Stephen accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Stephen was a solicitor at Clayton Utz. He was previously the Researcher to the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for Justice J K Ward, Chief Judge in Equity and a Judge of Appeal.

Stephen has been published in various journals on a range of subjects, including diversity in legal education and the profession. He is the co-editor of Current Issues in Competition Law: Context and Interpretation (The Federation Press, forthcoming) and Current Issues in Competition Law: Practice and Perspectives (The Federation Press, forthcoming). Stephen is a Reporter for the New South Wales Law Reports. He was previously also a Reporter for the Federal Law Reports. Outside of practice, Stephen is completing his doctorate. He aims in his thesis to articulate a rationalised model of equitable estoppel.

Stephen has held several sessional teaching and research positions. He remains an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia Law School.

William Marshall



William accepts briefs in all areas of civil and commercial law, with a specialism in major infrastructure and construction disputes.

Prior to being called to the bar, William was a Partner in the Construction Advisory and Disputes team at Pinsent Masons in Sydney.  As a Partner, William regularly provided strategic advice on major infrastructure and construction projects and disputes, and has appeared in NSW courts, in expert determinations, arbitrations, mediations and before Dispute Advisory Boards.

William has also worked as a solicitor and advocate in the Middle East and was a registered lawyer with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department.  He has advised on, and appeared in, major international arbitrations in numerous jurisdictions under the ICC Rules, the ADCCAC Rules, the DIAC Rules, and in ad hoc arbitrations under the Singapore Arbitration Act and the UNCITRAL Rules.

William holds a Masters in Construction Law from the University of Melbourne (Hons 1 equivalent), as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University.  William earned academic prizes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.   William has also studied the Harvard model of negotiation at Harvard Law School.

William is currently studying for his LLM at the University of Melbourne.

William was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Construction and Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer in 2019 and 2020, and recently recommended as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2021

David Smith



David practises primarily in corporations/insolvency, equity and trusts and general commercial litigation.

Since joining the Bar in 2018, David has appeared in the NSW Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court of Australia, the District Court of NSW, the Local Court of NSW and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Appearances have included final hearings (including cross-examination), both led and unled.

Prior to joining the Bar, David earned a broad range of litigation experience working for 10 years as a solicitor at leading firms in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.

David Birch



David has a BA and LLB from the University of Sydney, including being awarded a University Medal in Philosophy. He also has an LLM from the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for English Law. David was awarded the Christopher Gee QC Memorial Prize for Advocacy and Evidence for the May 2016 Bar Practice Course.

David principally practises in commercial and public law. David has appeared led in the High Court, and has appeared led and unled in various federal and New South Wales courts and tribunals.

David is a contributor to Robson’s Annotated Corporations Law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, David practised as a solicitor in the Commercial Litigation group at Clayton Utz for 4 years and was the tipstaff for Justice J C Campbell in the NSW Court of Appeal.

David has also been a casual tutor at the University of Sydney in public law, constitutional law and equity.

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.

Jonathan was recently recognised as a recommended junior in Doyles Guide’s Leading New South Wales Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2021.

Rhea Thrift



Rhea accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rhea worked as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. As a solicitor, Rhea worked on a wide range of commercial matters, specialising in insolvency litigation. She has acted for insolvency practitioners, public companies and government clients.

Rhea has a Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction from the University of Oxford.

Rhea was previously a Tipstaff in the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Michael Wells



Michael practises in commercial law and public law, and has a particular interest in tax law.

Michael is a member of the New South Wales Bar and an interstate member of the Victorian and Queensland Bars. He has appeared led and unled in trials and appeals in a range of courts and tribunals, 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 litigation solicitor at Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills specialising in class actions, complex contractual and corporate disputes, and tax and financial services regulatory investigations and disputes. Before practising as a solicitor, Michael was Tipstaff and Researcher to the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, the Hon Justice Allsop AO.

Michael has postgraduate qualifications in law and tax from the University of Sydney.

Michael is a member of the Law Council of Australia Business Law Section Taxation Committee, Australian Bar Association Taxation Committee, Tax Institute Dispute Resolution Technical Committee, Federal Court of Australia Taxation NPA User Group, Tax Bar Association, International Fiscal Association, and the New South Wales Bar Association Costs and Fees Committee.

Michael is also a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports, New South Wales Law Reports and Australian Tax Reports.

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.

Nuala Simpson



Nuala accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law, but has special expertise in representative (class-action) proceedings and complex, high–value engineering and construction disputes.

She regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and in private arbitrations and in mediations.

Nuala is ranked in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2020, Construction & Infrastructure – Band 1, as “a very highly regarded junior” who regularly appears on complex construction and engineering cases with clients describing her as “excellent” and “a very bright and very thorough lawyer” (Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, 2020).

She is recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the areas of “Construction and Infrastructure” (Best Lawyers Australia, 2021 – 2013) “Litigation” (Best Lawyers Australia, 2021 – 2016) and rated as “preeminent” in the area of “Construction Law” in Australia (Doyles Guide, 2021 – 2016) and New South Wales (Doyles Guide, 2021).

Nuala was named “Junior Counsel of the Year, Australia” in 2013 by Lawyers Weekly, Australia.

Most recently, Nuala was listed as a Leading Junior in Legal 500 – Asia Pacific
Nuala is sharp, agile and immensely hard-working. Her construction law expertise, including in complex issues of delay, disruption and quantum, is market-leading. A fantastic team player and a genuine pleasure to work with. A very diligent and clever junior counsel. Works very hard and is very responsive.

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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.