This compact Sydney set 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, interviewees identifying it as a "go-to chambers" in this regard. Other areas of noted strength are the competition, insurance and taxation 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. One source numbers it among "the primary commercial sets in New South Wales and the country." Emma Hoolahan is the clerk and chief contact for enquiries.
is singled out by sources as "a very safe pair of hands" in the IP space, interviewees especially emphasising his "very strong intellect and excellence at formulating case strategy" and his ability to "get across the details of massive matters." Active in all areas of IP work, he is specifically identified as "a go-to for a lot of technology and TMT patents."
Anthony Bannon SC
is widely regarded as being "at the top of the tree" where IP issues are concerned, one source identifying him as "pre-eminent at the Sydney patent Bar" in particular, while another calls him "a one-off" where experience of the superior court litigation of landmark cases is concerned. He is further described as a silk who is "outstanding, at the top of his game and incredibly good on his feet." In addition to his eminence on the IP scene, he is also seen by many as being "equally effective in general commercial litigation," including in competition and consumer protection cases, one source identifying him as a "doyen of the New South Wales Bar."
Brendan Sullivan SC
is a "great operator" in the tax space, with extensive experience of representing both taxpayers and the tax authorities. He is described by one source as a "robust, clear thinker and team player" while another praises his ability "to distil a case into propositions and persuade the Bench."
Frances St John
maintains what one interviewee calls "a very large practice for a junior" in the IP sphere, where other sources variously characterise her as "a real up-and-coming talent" or a "rising star." Active across all key practice area disciplines, she is further described as "a great counsel to have on your team" who is "sharp, diligent and responsive" and "always well organised."
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 is described by one source as "an excellent commercial barrister who is very calm under pressure."
John Hennessy SC
offers nearly 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 strong" in his handling of copyright issues. His skills are particularly sought after where IP issues arising in the broadcast media sector are concerned.
Matthew Darke SC
features on several Sydney solicitors' lists of the three or four barristers they would most want to instruct on a major piece of litigation, interviewees being especially quick to emphasise his versatility through the use of such terms as "absolute standout in every respect" or "outstanding all-rounder." He is particularly well known for his handling of financial services-related briefs.
Neil Murray SC
stands out for his assured handling of patent and copyright litigation cases, offering particularly noteworthy experience where disputes arising from the life sciences and media sectors are concerned. Described as "a go-to for pharmaceutical patent cases," he is also praised for being "very good at getting across the details of his cases" and, as a colleague, as "a dream to work with who manages a team really well."
Steven Finch SC
draws praise as an "outstanding barrister," noted for his handling of "big corporate and construction disputes" and for a breadth of practice covering such diverse areas as financial services, insurance and product liability. Sources also speak of him as an advocate who combines "fantastic cross-examination skills" with a readiness to "foster collaborative relationships" behind the scenes.