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List A Barristers

Dispute Resolution

21 ranked barristersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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List A Barristers is a leading Melbourne list, run from offices in Owen Dixon Chambers, and is highlighted for taking on hardcore, high-level commercial litigation and is regularly reported by interviewees to be one of the most prestigious in Victoria. This judgement is supported by the list's standout position in these rankings, as it has more barristers ranked - and mostly in the higher bands - than any competitor. Its more than 150 members, who advise and advocate on issues arising in Australian and many foreign jurisdictions, include two stars of the Victorian Bar and many other highly regarded advocates offering cutting-edge expertise in, among others, the competition, construction, employment, insolvency, intellectual property and tax arenas. Assistant clerk Caroline Kaskani is a key contact.

Alice Muhlebach is identified by one source as an "exceptionally good competition lawyer and a future star in this area," while another calls her "extremely diligent and knowledgeable - a very good operator." An experienced handler of cases considered by the Australian Competition Tribunal, Federal Court and High Court, where she has acted both for and against the regulatory authorities, she also advises clients on criminal cartel, infrastructure access and merger clearance issues.

Allan Myers QC continues to be identified as one of the most respected practitioners at the Victorian Bar in general and as one of Australia's pre-eminent appellate silks in particular, sources emphasising his commercial astuteness and the weight his submissions carry with the Bench. In addition to his appearances on high-profile, high-stakes domestic litigation mandates, he is gaining increasing prominence on the international arbitration scene.

Carl Möller is regularly identified by interviewees as one of the few true corporate insolvency specialists at the junior Bar and is noted for both practising and teaching in this area. Several sources put him on their lists of "the standouts in Melbourne" for this work, one calling him "technically capable, strategically adept and very experienced in all aspects of insolvency."

Caryn van Proctor attracts widespread praise from interviewees as "one of the very brightest young barristers" at the Melbourne Bar, one source calling her "a truly gifted technical lawyer who is hard-working, able to get on top of complex matters quickly and gives commercial advice." Her large and varied practice extends across several areas, including consumer protection, intellectual property and taxation, and incorporates litigation experience reaching to High Court level.

Daniel McInerney QC is a highly respected junior silk tax specialist with "a lot of experience" and a high profile on the Victorian legal scene. Dedicated to taxation issues in both the public and private sectors throughout his career, he advises on the full range of both Commonwealth and state taxes and offers particularly noted expertise in complex structuring, transfer pricing and Part IVA issues.

Herman Borenstein QC offers long-established expertise covering the full spectrum of Australian employment, industrial relations and discrimination law, and is an experienced handler of cases at Federal and High Court level. He also practises in the areas of constitutional law and human rights, and offers experience of interaction with government inquiries and Royal Commissions.

Jeffrey Gleeson QC commands immense respect in the construction law field, one interviewee characterising him not only as "one of the smoothest advocates I have ever come across," with an ability to make "most courts or tribunals fall for him," but also as "a client whisperer of sterling class." He is also active in insurance and sports law and, in addition to his litigation work, he is an accomplished arbitration counsel and arbitrator.

Jennifer Batrouney QC has practised at the Bar for some 30 years, accumulating in that time experience across the full spectrum of tax work and focusing particularly strongly on income tax, GST and superannuation issues. Active on behalf of both corporate and public sector bodies - the latter at both state and Commonwealth levels - she also specialises in advising charitable bodies on their own taxation concerns. An instructing solicitor acclaims her as "a fantastic advocate."

John de Wijn QC maintains a highly specialised, revenue-focused practice, covering both Federal and state taxes, stamp duty and superannuation, and conducted on behalf of both the ATO and prominent private sector clients. Interviewees acknowledge him as a "pre-eminent silk and very forceful advocate" in his field, one identifying him as being "at the top of the pile," while another calls him "the go-to for transfer pricing."

Marc Felman SC maintains a specialisation in employment, industrial relations and discrimination law which he developed during his days as a solicitor, and applies his expertise on behalf of employers, employees and a variety of state and Commonwealth government bodies. He offers particularly extensive experience in the handling of employment or industrial relations issues arising in the construction sphere.

Matthew Collins QC stands out for his expertise in the defamation space, an interviewee calling him "one of the doyens of the area," while a client thinks him "probably the most highly regarded senior counsel in the media space - the cream of the crop." He also acts prominently on financial services and information technology-related issues and on matters of constitutional law.

Michael Borsky QC maintains a varied and versatile practice, handling both first-instance and appellate matters up to and including High Court level and representing both government agencies and parties under investigation in regulatory proceedings. He is complimented particularly frequently for his work in the competition sphere, one interviewee calling him "a good commercial and competition barrister who gets a lot of good work," while another reports that he is "always very impressive."

Neil Young QC has long been regarded as one of Australia's leading corporate silks, with expertise and experience spanning the widest range of practice areas, being particularly noted where corporations law, trade practices and taxation issues and matters before the Courts of Appeal are concerned. Interviewees confirm that "he would be regarded as one of the best counsel in the country" and that "his extensive experience as an appellate advocate is highly valued."

Nicholas Hopkins QC maintains a broad commercial practice within which construction matters feature with significant frequency for sources to identify him as one of the leading practitioners in that space at the Victorian Bar. He offers extensive state and Commonwealth superior court experience and is also a noted arbitration counsel and arbitrator.

Nicholas Pane QC focuses principally on construction law issues. He is particularly experienced in the handling of disputes arising from energy and resources or transport infrastructure projects and thoroughly conversant with a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods, including international arbitration.

Oren Bigos SC is acknowledged by sources as a "very smart" barrister who "really specialises" in insolvency law and whose high level of activity in that sphere is coupled with considerable academic distinction. Experienced in handling matters arising from some of Australia's largest corporate collapses, he often appears in state Supreme, Federal and High Court proceedings.

Raini Zambelli is acclaimed as an "excellent and highly sought-after junior counsel" in the insolvency sphere, noted for being both "very competent on her feet and robust" in court, with a readiness to stand up for her clients "politely but effectively." Her domestic caseload is informed by extensive experience of insolvency-related litigation in numerous foreign jurisdictions and of time spent as an in-house counsel in the financial services sector. Practice area commentators see "a good future ahead" for her.

Terry Murphy QC acts on behalf of both taxpayers and tax authorities, bringing more than 30 years' experience to his work. Valued for his approachable manner and commercial attitude, he is also respected as a "technically excellent" silk who "reads and knows all the cases."

Wendy Harris QC is particularly well known for her handling of matters in the banking and finance and insurance spheres, her prominence in the securities class action space, and an increasingly busy appellate practice. Sources confirm that "many, many people" wish to instruct her and regularly testify to the excellence of her advocacy.

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Silks (QC)

Australia

Competition/Antitrust: The Bar


Michael Borsky QC
Spotlight Table

Construction & Infrastructure: The Bar


Jeffrey J Gleeson QC
Band 1
Nicholas Hopkins QC
Band 2
Nicholas Pane QC
Band 2

Dispute Resolution: The Bar


Allan Myers QC
Star Individuals
Matthew Collins QC
Band 3

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