Admitted as Solicitor

1997

Called to the Bar

2004

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.

Sean has appeared in a number of high profile cases involving diverse areas of the criminal law including copyright offences, child grooming, people smuggling, fraud and Australia’s largest ever cocaine importation conspiracy. Sean appears almost exclusively unled, including in appeals, and often appears with a more junior co-counsel due to the complexity of the matters that he appears in.

Providing Guidance In

Criminal Law

Appellate, Children’s Criminal Law, Criminal Law (General), Environmental Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Prosecutions, Regulatory Prosecutions, Work Health & Safety

International Law

International Law

Inquests & Inquiries

Commissions, Inquests & Inquiries, Coronial

Public & Administrative Law

Professional Disciplinary Proceedings

Member of

Legal Aid NSW – Appellate Crime Barrister Panel
Legal Aid NSW – Indictable Criminal Barrister Panel
Legal Aid NSW – Complex Crime Barrister Panel
Legal Aid NSW – Summary Crime Panel
Legal Aid NSW – Child Crime Panel
Commonwealth DPP – Counsel Panel
NSW Bar Association Diversity & Equality Committee
NSW Bar Association Accessibility Panel
International Association of Prosecutors

Please Contact

Eleanor Tjhin (Junior Clerk)
Adam Hussain (Junior Clerk)

SYDNEY

Black Chambers
Wallamulla, Gadigal Country
Suite 805, Level 8
185 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

POSTAL ADDRESS

PO Box 15
Enmore (Eora Nation)
New South Wales 2042
Australia

Appeals
  • Geraghty v DPP (Cth) [2023] NSWCCA 47 and Thompson v DPP (Cth) [2023] NSWCCA 244. Related conviction and sentence appeals. The grounds related to the admissibility of tendency evidence and whether a life sentence was manifestly excessive.
  • Kiad and Al-Kutobi v DPP (Cth) [2023] NSWCCA 155. Sentence appeal in relation to Commonwealth terrorism offences.
  • SF v R [2022] NSWCCA 216. Successful sentence appeal for the appellant.
  • DPP (Cth) v Dougas, Read and Linke. Prosecution of the first foreign bribery offences contrary to the Criminal Code (Cth) to go to trial. The conspiracy was to bribe foreign government officials in the Philippines to secure engineering contracts.
  • Cressel v DPP (Cth) [2021] NSWCCA 26: Sentence Appeal.
  • Huynh v DPP (Cth) [2020] NSWCCA 202: Conviction Appeal.
  • DPP (Cth) v Geraghty, Majdalawi, Thompson, Willcox & Wren: Australia’s largest ever cocaine importation. Five month trial conducted as one of NSW first e-trials.
  • Scahill v DPP (Cth) [2019] NSWCCA 190: Conviction and Sentence Appeal for Money Laundering offences.
  • Bahrami v DPP (Cth) [2017] NSWCCA 8: Conviction Appeal for organised people smuggling offences. Appeal based on allegation of jury bullying.
  • DPP (Cth) v Al Bagdhadi: One of Australia’s first trials prosecuting an individual for running an illegal Pay TV network.