Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers is noted for the high proportion of senior counsel in its membership and for an especially strong group of barristers acting across the full range of intellectual property issues. Other areas of noted strength are the taxation and insurance fields, and the set also hosts noteworthy class action prowess and a wealth of international experience, putting it on more than one instructing solicitor's list of most favoured sets. Emma Hoolahan is the clerk and chief contact for enquiries.
Anthony Bannon SC commands immense respect at the Sydney Bar, being nearly as celebrated for his versatile general commercial practice as he is for his mastery of the full range of intellectual property work.
"Tony Bannon is the most prominent IP barrister in Australia."
Matthew Darke SC features on several Sydney solicitors' lists of the barristers they would most want to instruct on a major piece of litigation, being particularly well known for his handling of financial services-related briefs, but cited also for competition and consumer law and intellectual property work.
"His attention to detail and court craft is excellent - his selection of what to put and what not to put is second to none. He's economical in words and good at working out what the judge will be most interested in."
"He's competing at the very top of the Bar. He has a drive and determination that is, in some respects, unparalleled. He has a calm and precise demeanour and is held in the highest regard by the judiciary."
Steven Finch SC is noted for his handling of large-scale corporate disputes, including high-profile class actions, and for a breadth of practice which covers such diverse areas as financial services, insurance and product liability.
"He's very bright - a silk you can rely on to come up with creative arguments."
John Hennessy SC offers some 25 years' experience, covering all areas of the discipline, at the intellectual property Bar, and enjoys a reputation as a silk of great strategic insight who is particularly well regarded for his handling of copyright and trade mark issues. His skills are particularly sought after where IP issues arising in the broadcast media sector are concerned.
"A formidable cross-examiner and standout leader in his field."
Brendan Sullivan SC is a highly respected player in the tax law space, with extensive experience representing both taxpayers and the tax authorities. Interviewees particularly appreciate his collegiate approach to the running of a case and the clarity both of his thought and of his persuasive submissions to the Bench.
"He is excellent."
Angus Lang SC is active in all areas of IP work, with a particularly busy practice where patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and TMT sectors is concerned.
"Angus Lang is a specialist, primarily in patents and trade marks. He has a very hands-on approach."
Neil Murray SC stands out for his assured handling of patent and copyright litigation cases, offering particularly noteworthy experience where disputes arising in the life sciences and media sectors are concerned.
"The way he presents in court is excellent, and he can get to the important issues in the case and focus on those."
Frances St John is active across all the key intellectual property disciplines and, despite her relatively junior status, regularly acts unled in superior court litigation.
"Frances is very good, very hard-working and very bright."
"She does patent and trade mark work. Her preparation is excellent."
James Lockhart SC maintains a varied commercial practice, extending across - but by no means confined to - such areas as competition, insolvency, insurance and professional liability, and incorporating substantial experience in the handling of class action briefs.
"He has a sharp legal mind, absorbs complex facts and issues quickly and has a good feel for what will appeal or be attractive to a judge."
Kate Morgan SC is noted for her impressive administrative and regulatory practice. She handles investigatory and class action disputes, in addition to more general corporate litigation.
"Kate has an extremely strong court presence. She's an experienced, reliable and formidable advocate."