Barristers

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Barrister

Andrew Boe

Criminal Law, Defamation, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Andrew Boe was first admitted to legal practice in 1989. He was admitted to the Queensland and NSW Bars in 2009. He signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 2022.

Andrew operates a national practice with Chambers in Sydney and Brisbane. He has appeared in trial and appeal courts and tribunals in most states and territories of Australia (and in the High Court of Australia) in criminal litigation concerning a broad spectrum of offences, including serious sex offences, drug offences, fraud, corruption, driving offences causing death or injury, serious assault, unlawful killing and murder.

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Derek Buchanan

Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Derek is an experienced lawyer with a passion for criminal litigation. Throughout his career, Derek has appeared in all criminal courts in NSW as well as advocating for clients in a diverse range of jurisdictions including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Family Court, and the Care and Protection Division of the NSW Children’s Court.

Before being called to the NSW Bar in 2022, Derek was a Solicitor Advocate at Legal Aid NSW for three years from 2019 to 2022. Before that, Derek gained international legal experience while living in Canada, between 2017 and 2019, when he worked for the Ontario Ombudsman in Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019.

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Eva Buzo

Civil, Commercial & Equity, Common Law, Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Eva has a diverse practice of criminal, administrative and human rights law. Eva specialises in international criminal law and is on the Justice Rapid Response roster as an international criminal law investigations expert.

Prior to coming to the bar Eva founded the organisation Victim Advocates International which supports victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to engage with accountability mechanisms including the International Criminal Court and domestic proceedings brought under universal jurisdiction.

Eva is a Teaching Fellow at the University of New South Wales where she teaches Administrative Law.

Eva also is a legal expert on the NSW International Humanitarian Law advisory committee for the Australian Red Cross and a member of the NSW Bar Association Human Rights Committee.

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Talitha Fishburn

Civil, Commercial & Equity, Family Law & Guardianship, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Talitha Fishburn was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, LLB, LLM). She has over a decade of experience as a Barrister.

Talitha maintains a broad civil litigation practice. She accepts briefs for final hearings, interlocutory hearings and appeals as well as briefs to advise.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Talitha was a Senior Associate at Allens Linklaters in its commercial dispute team and Legal Counsel at Westpac Banking Corporation.

Talitha regularly presents legal seminars and authors articles for legal publications.

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Sean Flood

Criminal Law, International Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Sean is a highly experienced barrister with extensive advocacy expertise, particularly in the area of criminal law. He has a strong reputation in conducting lengthy and complex jury trials. Sean’s expansive advocacy practice sees him appearing in a diverse range of jurisdictions including the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW, District Court of NSW, Local Court of NSW, NSW Children’s Court, and the Drug Court of NSW. In addition to his criminal practice, Sean appears in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in professional disciplinary hearings in the Tribunal’s Occupational Division.

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Ben Fogarty

Civil, Commercial & Equity, Common Law, Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Mental Health Law, Public & Administrative Law

Since coming to the bar in October 2011 Ben has advised and appeared in a broad range of matters. His focus areas of practice are:

  • Criminal law
  • Inquests
  • Guardianship and Mental Health
  • Discrimination, Disability and Human Rights
  • Employment and Industrial Relations
  • Police torts
  • Administrative law
  • Tenancy law

Ben also appears in Coronial Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry. In 2021 and 2022, Ben was junior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

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Neal Funnell

Common Law, Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Neal Furnell specialises in criminal and administrative matters as well as enquiries.

He appears in all courts both led and unled.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Neal worked as a solicitor for over a decade including at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, Legal Aid NSW and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.

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Corrie Goodhand

Common Law, Criminal Law, Family Law & Guardianship, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Corrie Goodhand has more than 20 years’ experience in the law. Her primary areas of practice are criminal law, parole matters, serious and high risk offenders, mental health and intentional torts.

Corrie grew up in Darwin and received her Bachelor of Laws from the Northern Territory University (now known as Charles Darwin University). She has since obtained a Masters in Health Law from the University of Sydney, Masters in Forensic Mental Health at the University of New South Wales, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Philosophy (Research) at UNSW on ‘A retrospective cohort study of the occurrence of criminal justice system and health contact(s) in persons prior such persons being found Not Guilty by Mental Illness in New South Wales’.

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Felicity Graham

Common Law, Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Mental Health Law, Public & Administrative Law

Felicity is an experienced lawyer with a focus on criminal, administrative and human rights law. She has a diverse national and international practice and a particular interest in legal mechanisms for achieving police accountability.

Before being called to the bar in 2015, Felicity was the Principal Legal Officer and Trial Advocate of the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (Western Region). Her legal career commenced as Tipstaff to his Honour Justice Graham Barr at the NSW Supreme Court.

Felicity is a member of the NSW Sentencing Council, an independent advisory body to the Attorney General on sentencing matters. She regularly presents at conferences and is a host of the popular legal podcast “The Wigs”. You can tune into The Wigs here or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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Mahmud Hawila

Common Law, Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Mahmud appears and advises in a broad range of disputes, drawing upon his experience as a NSW Police Prosecutor, Police Officer and career government lawyer. He has experience in superior and inferior Courts, including appellate Courts, Children’s Courts as well as tribunals and commissions.

Mahmud accepts briefs to appear in all New South Wales Courts and Tribunals, including in regional and remote locations.

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Mark Gerard Higgins

Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Mark Higgins (LLB Syd, LLM UNSW) is a barrister admitted to the Sydney bar for 22 years. He practices predominantly in the criminal, administrative, judicial review and care jurisdictions. He appears in regulatory prosecutions on behalf of various state statutory authorities in the Supreme, Land and Environment Courts, and Local Court of NSW, and as defence counsel in all jurisdictions. He is on the panel of counsel to the International Criminal Court, and has appeared internationally in criminal trials, most recently in the Republic of Nauru.

He is a founding judge of the Prospera Arbitration Centre in the Republic of Honduras, where he sits as the head of the Hazardous Activity Division. He also serves as the Secretary to the Board for the Prospera Arbitration Centre.

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Morgan Hunter

Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Before coming to the Bar, Morgan was a Trial (Solicitor) Advocate at the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd, appearing in District Court trials, sentences, fitness hearings and appeals.

He frequently appeared in complex Local and Children’s Court defended hearings, contested committal hearings and various application proceedings. He has experience within the coronial jurisdiction, including representing persons of interest.

He has also instructed counsel in both District Court and Supreme Court trials and criminal appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal. Morgan accepts briefs to appear across NSW including regional and remote locations.

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Zaid Khan

Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries

Mr Khan has been named in the Doyles Guide as one of NSW leading junior counsel in criminal law.

He completed his commerce degree in 1995 and worked in London for a number international investment banks before reading Law at the University of Birmingham in 2002.

Upon his return to Australia he was admitted as a solicitor in 2008 and after a spell at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office he took up a solicitor position with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern specialising in criminal defence.

In 2011 he was admitted to the Bar , and has experience appearing in all jurisdictions of the criminal law.

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Stephen Lawrence

Criminal Law, Inquests & Inquiries, International Law, Public & Administrative Law

Stephen is presently not accepting briefs, as he is engaged full time as a Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales.

 

Stephen Lawrence is an experienced public lawyer with a diverse national practice specialising in administrative law, criminal law and commissions/inquiries.

Since being called to the bar in 2015 he has been recognised annually in ‘Doyles Guide’ as one of NSW’s leading junior counsel. In addition to conducting first instance court and tribunal matters, he appears regularly in various intermediate appellate courts and the High Court of Australia.

Immediately before being called to the Bar, Stephen was the principal solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW in western NSW based in Dubbo.

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Prof. Craig Longman

Civil, Commercial & Equity, Inquests & Inquiries

Prof. Craig D. Longman has extensive experience in both criminal law and civil litigation. He has acted in numerous high profile human rights law matters including the defence of Palm Island man Lex Wotton, the Bowraville Murders, the defence of Gary Jubelin, Black Lives Matter matters and First Nation death in custody inquiries.

Craig has also made important written contributions in policy and academic settings on First Nation justice issues.

As well as being a barrister, Craig is the Head of the Legal Strategies Hub and a Senior Researcher with Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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David Mulligan

Common Law, Criminal Law, Family Law & Guardianship, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

David Mulligan has a diverse public law practice with a focus on criminal, mental health, and administrative law. He frequently appears in the District and Supreme Courts in a range of criminal proceedings including trials, sentences, and appeals.

Before being called to the Bar, David was a solicitor at Legal Aid NSW for 6 years. He appeared in the Local Court, Children’s Court, Drug Court, and District Court across NSW. He also instructed in matters in the District Court and Supreme Court (including in the Court of Criminal Appeal).

Prior that, David was employed at the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as a Judge’s Associate in the NSW District Court.

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Andrew O'Brien

Civil, Commercial & Equity, Common Law, Criminal Law, Defamation, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Andrew O’Brien has over a decade of experience at the Bar and maintains chambers in Sydney and Brisbane. His practice is primarily commercial law and regulatory work.

Andrew is typically briefed in matters that are characterised by legal and factual complexity and involve significant reputational risk. He regularly appears in complicated contractual disputes and matters in which equitable relief is sought. He has a substantial practice in matters arising out of the breakdown of relationships between partners, shareholders and joint ventures.

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Ramesh Rajalingam

Criminal Law, Family Law & Guardianship, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Ramesh Rajalingam was called to the Bar in 2013 where he was awarded the Chris Gee QC Memorial Prize for excellence in the Barrister Practice Course.

Ramesh specialises in criminal law. He appears in a wide range of hearings across NSW and the ACT including drug offences, serious personal violence offences, murder, sex related offences and firearms offences. He also works in commissions and inquiries and was counsel assisting the Independent Commission Against Corruption in an inquiry relating to corruption in the non-government sector and by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission in inquiries relating to police misconduct matters.

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Alexandra Rose

Civil, Commercial & Equity, Criminal Law, Mental Health Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Public & Administrative Law

Alexandra Rose practices in public law, focusing on environmental prosecutions in the Land & Environment Court, forensic patient applications in the Supreme Court, guardianship applications in the NCAT and Supreme Court, appeals in the Court of Criminal Appeal, professional discipline cases in the NCAT and the Supreme Court, coronial inquests and Royal Commissions, and public interest immunity and subpoena applications in all courts.

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Self Rumbewas

COMMON LAW, CRIMINAL LAW, INQUESTS & INQUIRIES, PUBLIC & ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Self Rumbewas has considerable advocacy experience having worked across different jurisdictions in Australia. Prior to being called to the Bar, Self worked in criminal defence as a trial advocate at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in the Northern Territory, and before that at the Aboriginal Legal Service in New South Wales for a numbers of years. He has appeared unled in jury trials, local court hearings and appeals.

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Zaina Shahnawaz

Criminal Law, Public & Administrative Law

Zaina Shahnawaz practices primarily in environmental crime, public law, regulatory prosecutions and in general criminal defence. She regularly appears in indictable and summary hearings in the District Court, Land and Environment Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

She features in “Lifting the Bar” as one of seven leading female junior counsel in planning and environment law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Zaina was a Senior Legal Officer at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as well as a Federal Prosecutor at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Carolina Soto

Criminal Law, Mental Health Law, Public & Administrative Law

Carolina Soto has a diverse practice with a focus on criminal law (adults and children), mental health law (Mental Health Review Tribunal and Guardianship division at NCAT) and family law (as it relates to children and/or criminal matters that may effect parenting proceedings).

Specialisation in domestic violence matters across the Local and District Court, as well as defending private Apprehended Domestic/Personal Violence Orders.

Before being called to the Bar, Carolina was a solicitor at Legal Aid for 10 years where she represented clients in Court on a daily basis in Local, Children’s and District Courts.

Prior to that, Carolina worked as a Judge’s Associate in the NSW District Court and interned at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

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