Bachier Mawassi



Bachier accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Bachier holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Optometry (Hons).
He received numerous academic prizes, including the University Medal for law.

Prior to joining the Bar, Bachier practiced across a wide range of jurisdictions and areas of law, including commercial litigation, property law, tax and criminal law.

Bachier was previously a tipstaff to the Honourable Tobias, Sackville and Campbell AJJA, in the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Bachier has also previously worked as an Optometrist across Australia in metro and rural practices.

Michael Orlov



Michael was called to the Bar in NSW in 1995. Since then he has practiced predominantly in commercial and construction law.  He has acted for and against principals, developers, contractors, design professionals and their insurers in complex commercial, contract, negligence and misleading or deceptive conduct claims arising out of a wide range of civil, industrial, mining, commercial and residential construction projects in all States and Territories.  In more recent years Michael’s particular area of interest and expertise has focused on claims by owners corporations and strata lot owners to recover the cost of repairs to common property in multi-storey residential and mixed use strata developments in NSW and the ACT and the circumstances in which recourse may be available under residential building works insurance policies in NSW or under the fidelity fund scheme operating in the ACT.

Michael has a reputation for thorough preparation, mastery of detail in factually complex matters, giving pragmatic and accurate legal advice, and as an effective advocate and negotiator.  He accepts briefs to appear in NSW and the ACT.

Michael was recently appointed  as a sessional Senior Member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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.

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.

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)

Duncan Macfarlane



Duncan Macfarlane has practiced at the Bar since May 2006, specialising in contracts and building and construction disputes.
Duncan has advised on many such disputes and has appeared in the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, District Court and the Local Court as well as in tribunals, arbitrations, mediations and expert determinations.

Duncan has been listed in the Doyle’s Guide to Leading Construction Barristers NSW in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and in Doyle’s Guide to Leading Construction Barristers Australia 2016.

Duncan is now available to conduct mediations. Details of his rates and availability can be obtained from the clerk, Simon Walker.

Brett Le Plastrier



Brett was called to the Bar in 2009. Prior to this he was a Tipstaff in the Queensland Court of Appeal, and worked as a solicitor in competition law, insolvency, and general commercial litigation.

Brett has a broad practice in corporate and commercial litigation, including building and construction, banking and finance, insolvency, equity, property, local government and environmental law, and intellectual property.

He appears, regularly without senior counsel, in motions, trials, and appeals in Federal, New South Wales and Queensland courts and tribunals.

Due to his experience with litigation in Queensland he is often retained by solicitors in New South Wales to act and advise in relation to disputes in Queensland.

Robert Carey



Robert came to the bar in 2011. Prior to that he practiced as a solicitor, both in Australia and in England.

Robert has a broad commercial practice. He has extensive experience in advising and appearing for insured and insurer clients, as well as a range of intermediaries, in relation to disputes concerning all classes of insurance including professional indemnity, financial lines, directors and officers’ liability, general liability, property and business interruption, and reinsurance. He also regularly appears and advises clients in relation to disputes involving all areas of equity, real property, corporations law, banking, bankruptcy and insolvency, as well as general contractual disputes and building and construction matters.

Robert’s clients have included Underwriters at Lloyd’s and various other London based insurers, QBE, XL Catlin, Allianz, Zurich, Chubb, Marsh, InterRisk Australia, Leighton Holdings and ALDI Foods.

Robert has appeared, both on his own (including at the appellant level) and led by senior counsel, in numerous state and federal jurisdictions, including the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales. Robert also regularly appears before administrative tribunals including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the New South Wales Civil & Administrative Tribunal and has appeared in arbitrations conducted under the rules of various local and international arbitration organisations.

Brin Anniwell



Brin was called to the Bar in 2014 and has a broad practice across commercial, public and criminal law.  

 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.  

Mark Walsh SC



Mark Walsh was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1994, and took silk in 2015. His areas of practice include general litigation, commercial disputes, contract, tort, medical negligence, professional negligence, insurance law and coronial proceedings. Mark has a particular interest in factual disputes,evidence, causation, statutory interpretation, the operation of WCA s151Z in common law proceedings, collateral source recoveries and suggesting practical solutions to “interesting” legal problems.

Mark is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association’s Costs and Fees Committee. Mark is a contributing author to Thomson Reuters’ Civil Practice and Procedure, including the provisions on evidence and expert evidence in Part 31. He regularly lectures on litigation at seminars conducted by the University of New South Wales, including the Litigation Master Class series.

Some recent cases in which Mark has appeared include:
McLennan v Meyer Vandenberg 2020 ACTCA 7
Leda Commercial Properties Pty Ltd v Brenda Hungerford Pty Ltd [2018] ACTCA 17
Goran Petrovic v Dr Anthony Johnson [2017] NSWDC 205
Read v Burns [2017] ACTSC 184
Hobson v Northern Sydney Local Health District [2017] NSWSC 589
Tuggeranong Town Centre Pty Ltd v Brenda Hungerford Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] ACTSC 88
Europa International Pty Ltd v Child [2016] NSWSC 923
Europa International Pty Ltd v Child (No 2) [2016] NSWSC 1275

Mark has been recognised in Best Lawyers for professional negligence since 2017 and recently in Doyles Guide for Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barristers – Canberra, 2020