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.

Nathan Li



Nathan accepts briefs in all areas of law.
Prior to joining the Bar, He was a solicitor at Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills working on a range of commercial, taxation, regulatory and public law matters.
Nathan was previously the Associate to Justice Edmonds in the Federal Court of Australia.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
Nathan is also a reporter for the Federal Court Reports and Federal Law Reports.

 

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).

Michael Wells



Michael practises in commercial law, corporations law, bankruptcy and insolvency, equity and trusts, and taxation and revenue. He has appeared both led and unled in trials and appeals in a range of courts and tribunals. He has recently appeared led in the High Court of Australia and unled in the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He 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 solicitor in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution groups at Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills specialising in class actions, complex contractual and corporate disputes, and taxation and financial services regulatory investigations and disputes. He was also previously the Tipstaff and Researcher to the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, the Hon Justice Allsop AO.

Michael is a member of the Law Council of Australia Taxation Committee, Australian Bar Association Taxation Committee, Tax Institute Dispute Resolution Technical Committee, Tax Bar Association and International Fiscal Association. He is also a member of the New South Wales Bar Association Costs and Fees Committee.

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

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.

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

 

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.

Simon Lees



Simon was called to the bar in April 2014, after 4 years working in tax and commercial litigation at King & Wood Mallesons.

Simon has a broad practice in commercial litigation, with experience in contract, corporations, equity, insolvency, insurance, taxation (both Commonwealth and state), and real property proceedings.

He regularly appears unled in hearings in the Federal Court of Australia and the NSW Supreme and District Courts, as well as other courts and tribunals.

Simon has an advice practice, providing tax opinions to private and government clients, and he is also regularly briefed in urgent interlocutory applications such as injunctions, freezing and real property orders.

Before commencing practice, Simon was as a senior adviser to a previous NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice.

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.