5 Wentworth Chambers

Dispute Resolution Department

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This set, the oldest in Sydney, houses barristers with expertise ranging across the full commercial and public law spectrum and experience extending to the highest level in both Commonwealth Courts and, on a pan-Australian basis, individual state courts. Within this varied offering, the set fields particularly noteworthy expertise in the administrative law, banking, equity and intellectual property spheres and is also increasingly well regarded for its capabilities in the media and defamation spaces. Interviewees characterise 5 Wentworth's barristers as "very high-profile people in the Sydney legal market," one remarking: "We'd certainly use anybody recommended by the clerk." Chambers manager Trish Hoff is the recommended contact.

John Sheahan QC receives a wealth of enthusiastic feedback from interviewees who speak of him in such terms as "an absolute standout - the best barrister in the country at the moment," or "top of the A-list," one citing such qualities as "a razor-sharp mind, a no-nonsense direct approach and a court demeanour which always gets results." More than one source testifies to the huge demand for his services in the highest-profile or most difficult cases, and frequent tribute is also paid to his mastery of financial services or securities-related matters and of class actions.