Chantal Nguyen



Chantal accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Before being called to the Bar, Chantal acted as a Principal and Senior Federal Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, specialising in commercial, financial, and fraud prosecutions and appearing unled in Commonwealth proceedings. Prior to that, she was a litigator at Corrs Chambers Westgarth where she worked on a wide range of commercial disputes as well as Land and Environment Court proceedings.

Chantal holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) from the University of New South Wales, and was the UNSW Human Rights Fellow to Legal Aid NSW. She has also appeared for Australia before the United Nations in Geneva.

Chantal was the Associate to Justices Jagot, Griffiths, and Bromwich in the Federal Court of Australia.

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

Thomas Liu



Thomas regularly advises and appears in public law and commercial matters. He has significant experience in disputes involving government agencies, regulators, revenue authorities and statutory corporations. His commercial practice includes class actions, corporations law, consumer law and equity.

Thomas also accepts briefs in criminal law matters and is on the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions external junior counsel panel.

Before joining the Bar, Thomas was a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and Clayton Utz where he worked on tax disputes, corporate regulation, representative proceedings, corporate insolvency and administrative law. Thomas was also a legal officer in the human rights section of Legal Aid NSW.

Thomas was the Associate to Justice Buchanan in the Federal Court of Australia from 2014 to 2015.

Thomas speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin).

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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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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Chester Brown



Chester’s practice focuses on international arbitration and other general commercial matters, and encompasses advisory work and appearances in court and before arbitral tribunals. He has particular expertise in disputes which raise issues of public and private international law, and he is presently engaged in a number of disputes arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

He was previously an Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, and a Senior Associate in the International Law and International Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance LLP, London. He is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the University of Sydney Law School, and an overseas associate of Essex Court Chambers, London.

 

Paul Blackburn-Hart SC



Paul has had wide experience over many areas of practice, with particular emphasis in equity and commercial matters, including appellate.
Paul is an experienced mediator, accredited with the NSW Bar Association and the Supreme Court of NSW. He appears in both NSW and interstate cases.
He has also appeared as an expert witness.

 

Mark Brabazon SC



Mark advises and represents a diverse range of private and government clients in tax, commercial and equity cases.  His practice covers all stages from planning and investigation through ADR and trial litigation to final appeal.  He holds a PhD in international tax from the University of Sydney.  He is the author of  International Taxation of Trust Income (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and numerous other works on Australian and international tax.

Mark has broad experience in civil litigation.  He has particular expertise in legal costs and the regulation of the legal profession.  He also practises as an arbitrator.

Mark is the chair of the Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales.

Selected recent publications are accessible via SSRN and the Sydney Law School Research Papers Series.

Mark is recognised as a Leading Tax Barrister in New South Wales (Doyles Guide)