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Australia Dispute Resolution: The Bar
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10 Ranked Lawyers

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Dispute Resolution: The Bar - Australia
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Level Twenty Seven Chambers is widely regarded as being pre-eminent in Brisbane, its 40-plus members also making it the city's largest set. Offering a comprehensive range of practice area capabilities, and members experienced in all forms of dispute resolution at state, Commonwealth and international levels, it also enjoys a particularly high reputation for the quality of its construction-related expertise. It regularly receives a particularly large body of positive interviewee feedback, sources referring to it as "the best chambers in Brisbane" or "at the top of the list," one calling it "strong across the board and always involved in the most significant cases in Queensland." Interviewees also pay enthusiastic tributes to the quality of Level Twenty Seven's administrative team, headed by practice manager Daniel Perry, one noting: "They are brilliant and proactively engage with and assist solicitors in securing counsel at short notice, physical facilities, educational seminars and high-quality training papers."

Shane Doyle KC continues to be seen by many as "the most eminent Queensland silk," one interviewee going so far as to number him among "the top five barristers in Australia," and adding: "His reputation and performance put him in that handful of the best." He operates across the greater part of the disputes spectrum, being as highly regarded in the construction and insolvency spheres as in the general commercial space. He is, for instance, described in a construction context as "probably the best advocate I have ever come across, commanding respect as soon as he enters the room." And in the insolvency field, he draws praise for his "superior intellect," an ability "to grasp complex legal and factual issues in a very short period of time," and "a quality of client service that is rare to see in barristers at his level."

Michael May's work addresses a broad range of commercial and administrative law dispute types, class actions and insolvency or tax-related issues having lately occupied much of his attention. One commentator says: "Michael has a deep mastery of the commercial law in a vast range of contexts, and has the ability to apply this practically to the situation at hand. His attention to detail gives instructing solicitors great confidence." The same source adds that he is "a naturally brilliant advocate - sharp and quick on his feet."

Paul McQuade KC has practised in insolvency law for over 30 years, prior to which he was a chartered accountant for five years, and operates across the full spectrum of corporate and personal insolvency concerns. His expertise in this area commands widespread recognition and respect, to the point where commentators not only call him "the likely leader in Queensland on insolvency matters," but even "probably the leading insolvency expert in the country." Sources also note that "his technical brilliance is complemented by how easy he is to work with" and that he consistently "looks to get the best outcomes for clients."

Michael Trim offers experience in construction matters, often relating to disputes arising from major projects, acquired not only in more than one Australian jurisdiction but also in London. He is also extremely familiar with the kinds of issues generated by energy and resources, retail and residential developments alike. An interviewee who identifies him as "easily one of the top three junior counsel in Australia for construction matters," adds that he is "always considered, commercial and practical, and great with clients too."

Damian Clothier KC manages a varied and versatile caseload which often includes matters involving the resources sector or those with environmental, insolvency or professional negligence angles. Regularly identified by sources as "one of the leading silks at the Queensland Bar," he is summed up by one as "unbelievably smart and diligent, clever and outstanding in court and good for anything complex commercial, or resources or infrastructure-related."

Mark Robertson KC is a well-established and respected tax specialist, noted both for his exhaustive knowledge of the practice area and for the variety of the matters he handles. His experience covers  the representation not only of major corporates and high net worth individuals, but also of tax authorities at both Commonwealth and state levels.

Claire Schneider's largely construction and infrastructure-focused practice embraces particularly extensive experience of representing clients in cases concerning major energy and resources projects, including appearances not only in the Australian courts, but also before foreign-seated arbitration panels. An interviewee describes her as an "extremely well regarded" barrister in this space, who "punches well above her weight."

Stewart Webster operates in the construction, energy and resources, financial services and several other fields, within a broad-ranging remit. One commentator identifies him as "an excellent commercial junior," adding: "He has strong written skills and his advocacy is very good." Another calls him "fantastic - a really smart details person who's a good advocate who works well with senior lawyers and comes up with solutions."

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Silks (KC)

Australia

Construction & Infrastructure: The Bar

Shane Doyle KC
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Shane Doyle KC
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Band 1
Dispute Resolution: The Bar

Shane Doyle KC
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Shane Doyle KC
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Band 1
Damian Clothier KC
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Damian Clothier KC
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Band 2
Restructuring/Insolvency: The Bar

Paul McQuade KC
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Paul McQuade KC
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Band 1
Shane Doyle KC
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Shane Doyle KC
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Band 1
Tax: The Bar

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Mark Robertson KC
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Band 2

Juniors

Australia

Construction & Infrastructure: The Bar

Michael Trim
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Michael Trim
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Band 1
Claire Schneider
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Claire Schneider
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Band 2
Dispute Resolution: The Bar

Stewart Webster
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Stewart Webster
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Band 2
Michael May
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Michael May
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Band 3