Stephen is an experienced public lawyer with a diverse national practice specializing in administrative law, criminal law and commissions/inquiries. Since 2015 he has been recognised annually in ‘Doyles Guide’ as one of NSW’s leading counsel. In addition to conducting trials, he regularly appears in the High Court of Australia and various intermediate appellate courts. Before being called to the bar Stephen was the principal solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service in western NSW and spent extended periods involved in transitional justice work in Afghanistan, Solomon Islands and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. A former casual academic, Stephen podcasts at ‘The Wigs’ (https://play.acast.com/s/the-wigs) and regularly presents at conferences. He is currently the Mayor of the Dubbo Region where he lives with his family.

 

Recent Cases of Note:

EBP19 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs and Anor [2021] FCA 332

MLNR v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2021] FCAFC 35

Belan v Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) [2021] NSWCA 96

MZAPC v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2021] HCA 17

DVO16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor [2021] HCA 12

Ruyters v Commissioner of Police [2021] NSWCATAD 41

WX v R [2020] NSWCCA 142

Beale v R [2020] NSWCCA 357

Bustescu v R [2020] NSWCCA 113

Bassi v Commissioner of Police [2020] NSWCA 109

Applicant S270/2019 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2020] HCA 32

DVE18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2020] FCFA 83

Hermann v Commissioner of Police [2020] NSWCATAD

 

 

Admitted to practice:

2002, solicitor
2015, barrister

Areas of Practice:

  • Administrative Law
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Criminal Law

Clerk:

Lauryn Brown
Vicky Johnston

clerk@blackchambers.com.au
P: (02) 8590 5182

Vicky Johnston  M: 0408 418 177

Chambers:

Black Chambers: Room 204, 185 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Email: clerk@blackchambers.com.au

P:  (02) 8590 5182