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5 Wentworth Chambers

Dispute Resolution

7 ranked barristersBand 4AustraliaGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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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 intellectual property and employment spheres and is also well regarded for its capabilities in the media and defamation spaces. It is also singled out for possessing a "real depth of expertise in the specialised field of Royal Commissions and equivalent inquiries," and valued for having clerks who are "responsive and always willing to assist." Clerk to chambers Sarah Tiffen is the recommended contact.

Andrew Fox SC is a highly respected barrister operating in the IP sphere, winning particular praise for the strength of his patent and trade mark expertise and for what one source calls his "timely, commercial and well considered" advice. An interviewee notes that he is "very good at speaking to clients."

Widely regarded as one of the most "promising juniors" at the IP Bar, Ben Mee enters the rankings backed by enthusiastic endorsements from several interviewees, one of whom calls him an "outstanding, absolutely brilliant and deceptively clever" junior whose capabilities suggest that he has been at the Bar for far longer than he actually has. Backed by qualifications in the biochemistry sphere, he focuses closely on patent-related issues arising in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and IT sectors.

Cynthia Cochrane SC is the recipient of extensive and enthusiastic feedback testifying to her increasingly prominent position in the IP market, one source observing that she is particularly "sought after for high-profile pharmaceutical cases." Other sources note her "her experience in relation to patent litigation" which puts her "quickly on top" of scientific issues, her "excellent written work and very good advocacy," and her talent for forming constructive relationships with both allied and opposing barristers, and the Bench, in any given case.

David Chin SC maintains "a high-quality practice" across the employment, industrial relations and health and safety spectrum, offering particularly focused expertise on employment contract issues and extensive experience of involvement with Royal Commissions and other inquiries which touch on employment questions. Clients value him as an especially user-friendly barrister with a "strong and practical understanding of the legislative framework."

One interviewee's comment that David Larish is "certainly our junior of choice - we'd love to have him on everything" is typical of views expressed by both instructing solicitors and senior counsel at the IP Bar, as are the observations that although he is "absolutely outstanding in the trade mark area," he is "strong across the board" and consistently "punches above his level." He is further described as "very forceful, competent and confident on his feet" and as a colleague who is "not scared to put his own point across in conference," but is "willing to listen to and workshop arguments" put forward by others.

Elizabeth Raper SC is an "outstanding silk" at the employment Bar who frequently acts on employee and industrial relations disputes and is particularly noted for her expertise in discrimination cases. A published authority on discrimination issues, she is also reported to be "in demand for regulatory work, particularly in respect of wage compliance matters and Fair Work Ombudsman investigations."

Julian Cooke is described by one interviewee as "very high on most people's lists for IP briefings," the same source going on to note that he is "pretty happy across patents, trade marks and copyright," while another identifies him as a practitioner with a good claim to the title of "leading IP junior barrister in Australia." Other commentators note that he is both "incredibly on top of things and incredibly experienced," that "he's a really good lateral thinker" when it comes to coming up with "alternative legal arguments," and that he further impresses with "the high quality of his written work, his calm and considered approach and his advocacy skills."

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Silks (QC)

Australia

Employment: The Bar


David Chin SC
New Silks
Elizabeth Raper SC
Band 2

Intellectual Property: The Bar


Andrew Fox SC
New Silks
Cynthia Cochrane SC
New Silks

Juniors

Australia

Intellectual Property: The Bar


Ben Mee
Band 2
David Larish
Band 2

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