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5 Wentworth Chambers

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Head of Chambers: John Sheahan QC 
Barristers’ Clerk: Trish Hoff
Number of barristers: 38

Set Overview:
5 Wentworth is a leading set of barristers’ hambers in Sydney specialising in complex commercial litigation (including class actions), intellectual property, employment law, general equity, and media/defamation law. The founding members of 5 Wentworth was first established in 1932 and today it is one of Sydney’s oldest and most respected chambers, with many former members called to the Bench. The Head of Chambers is John Sheahan QC. Counsel at 5 Wentworth have a depth of advice and advocacy experience across all areas of commercial and public law, with many having previously held senior positions at large international law firms. A number of its barristers are recognised by Chambers and Partners as leading counsel in their respective fields. Counsel are regularly briefed by solicitors and by in-house counsel and government agencies in relation to complex disputes both in Australia and internationally (including arbitration). 5 Wentworth is a modern set of chambers which endorses equitable briefing policies.


Senior Counsel
John Sheahan QC
David Bennett AC QC
Gregory Burton SC
The Hon Annabelle Bennett AO SC
Kieran Smark SC
Andrew Tokley SC
Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Junior Counsel
Phoebe Arcus
Dale Bampton
Catherine Bembrick
Mark Boulton
Andrew Bulley
Garth Campbell
David Chin
Rob Clark
Cynthia Cochrane
Julian Cooke
Andrew Fox
Dan Fuller
James Gibson
Sam Hallahan
David Harris
David Larish
Matthew Lewis
Sarah McCarthy
Angela McDonald
Ben Mee
Eliot Olivier
Christopher Parkin
Elizabeth Raper
Andrew Smorchevsky
Anna Spies
Sonia Stewart
Hugh Stowe

Associate Members
Bruce Caine QC
Robert Holt QC
The Hon Anthony Whealy QC
John O’Meally AM RFD

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
Employment & Industrial Relations
Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Class Actions & Representative Proceedings
Media & Defamation

International Work:
■ John Sheahan QC is briefed on international work from firms in the USA, Singapore and UK in litigation, arbitration and mediation
■ The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC is an international adviser, mediator and arbitrator most recently in Dubai, Geneva and China
■ Much of the intellectual property work is jointly briefed by international law firms with Australian law firms with high-profile barristers Cynthia Cochrane, Julian Cooke and Andrew Fox briefed in pharmaceutical and techno/digital matters