Corporate LiveWire 2018


Chris Peadon has been recognised as Corporate LiveWire’s 2018 “Tax Lawyer of the Year – Australia”

Doyles Guide Leading Employment & WHS Senior Counsel – NSW, 2018


Doyles Guide has recognised Arthur Moses SC and Kate Eastman SC as preeminent Senior Counsel in Employment and WHS Law.

Further details can be found here.

Doyles Guide Leading Transport Barristers 2018


Gregory Nell SC has been recognised by Doyles Guide as the Market Leading Transport Barrister in Australia for 2018.

Angus Stewart SC has been recognised as the Pre-eminent Senior Counsel, while Catherine Gleeson has been endorsed as Leading Junior Counsel.

Further information can be found here:

Appointments of note


Tom Thawley SC has been appointed to the Federal Court of Australia, commencing on 14 February 2018.

Julia Baird SC has been appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, commencing on 20 February 2018.

The Attorney-General’s media release can be found here:


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018


Chambers & Partners have recognised New Chambers as a Band 1 Dispute Resolution set.

Chambers & Partners have also recognised the following members of New Chambers as leaders of the Australian Bar for 2018:

Dispute Resolution:

David Jackson QC (Star Individual)
Neil Young QC (Star Individual)
Elizabeth Cheeseman SC (Band 4)
David McLure SC (Band 4)

Intellectual Property:

Julia Baird SC (Band 2)


Gregory Nell SC (Band 1)
Angus Stewart SC (Band 1)


David Bloom QC (Band 1)
Tom Thawley SC (Band 1)
Chris Peadon

Federal Court ruling in bank bill swap rate proceedings


New Chambers was well represented in the BBSW case which resulted in the Federal Court ordering ANZ Bank and National Australia Bank to each pay $50 million to end the case brought by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, Greg O’Mahoney, Kim Anderson, Trent March and Daniel Habashy acted for ASIC, while Neil Young QC acted for National Australia Bank.

A media report on the outcome of this case can be found here:

2018 Bar Council


Congratulations to Arthur Moses SC, Ben Katekar and Courtney Ensor, who have all been elected to the 2018 Bar Council.

Doyles Guide Leading Insurance Barristers 2017


Geoffrey Watson SC has been recognised by Doyles Guide as leading Insurance Senior Counsel in New South Wales for 2017.

The same guide has recommended Dominic Priestley SC as Insurance Senior Counsel and James Sheller as Insurance Junior Counsel.

International Tax Review: Women in Tax Leaders


The International Tax Review has recognised Courtney Ensor as one of their Women in Tax Leaders for 2017.

Further details can be found here.

Doyle’s Guide to Tax Barristers – Four members of New Chambers recognised


New Chambers’ burgeoning reputation for tax was reflected in Courtney Ensor’s inclusion in this year’s list of leading tax barristers. Prior to joining the Bar in 2013, Courtney was tipstaff to Justice Gzell (NSW Supreme Court Revenue List Judge) and practised in tax as a solicitor for 4 years at leading firms. Since coming to the Bar, Courtney has appeared for taxpayers and the Commissioners of both Commonwealth and State taxation in a number of leading cases, including Chevron (1st instance). Courtney is currently briefed for the Commissioner in the $260 million dispute arising out of the settlement of the Bell litigation. See here for Courtney’s CV.

David Bloom QC, Tom Thawley SC and Chris Peadon were also again recognised as leaders in the field of taxation at the Bar.

The full list can be found here:

Doyles Guide Estates Litigation 2017


Doyles Guide has listed Miles Condon SC as recommended Senior Counsel in their 2017 Estates Litigation – NSW rankings.

Hayley Bennett has been listed as recommended Junior Counsel in Doyles’ 2017 Wills and Estates Litigation – NSW rankings.

Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2017


New Chambers has received an award for Excellence in Administrative Law Services in Corporate LiveWire’s 2017 Global Awards.

Further information about Corporate LiveWire can be found here:


Who’s Who Legal – Australia 2017

Gregory Nell SC and Angus Stewart SC have recently been recognised for their expertise in the area of shipping in Who’s Who Legal – Australia 2017.

Who’s Who Legal – Australia 2017 also recognised Dominic Villa for his expertise in sports and entertainment law.

New Chambers Tax Expertise Recognised

David Bloom QC, Tom Thawley SC and Chris Peadon have recently been recognised for their expertise in the area of taxation in both Who’s Who Legal – Australia 2017 and the International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders Guide 2017.

Doyles Guide Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2017


Elizabeth Cheeseman SC has been recommended by Doyles Guide as a leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel for 2017.

Doyles Guide Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Counsel – New South Wales, 2017

Adam Bell SC and Emma Beechey have been recommended by Doyles Guide as leading Insolvency and Restructuring Counsel for 2017:

New Chambers – “Accruing” interest in tax case


On 8 June 2017, Justice Pagone delivered judgment in the case of News Australia Holdings Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCA 465. A copy of the judgment will be available shortly on the Federal Court website.

The case considered the “difficult” issue of whether a taxpayer should account for its income on a cash or accruals basis – in this particular case, how a subsidiary should have accounted for interest on a loan to its parent company in circumstances where the subsidiary was not a moneylender. It is one of the few cases considering the proper basis for a taxpayer accounting for income, and likely to be of wide interest to the tax community.
New Chambers was again well represented in this key tax case.

Both Greg O’Mahoney and Michael Cosgrove of New Chambers, led by James Hmelnitsky SC, appeared for the successful Commissioner.

Chris Peadon of New Chambers, led by Mark Richmond SC, appeared for the taxpayer.

Please contact New Chambers clerk, Ian Belshaw, to discuss the availability of members of New Chambers practising in tax.

Doyle’s Guide Leading Intellectual Property Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2017


Julia Baird SC has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide in their 2017 list of leading Intellectual Property Senior Counsel:

Leading Intellectual Property Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2017

President of the NSW Bar Association


Arthur Moses SC has been elected President of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Best Lawyers in Australia 2018


The following members of New Chambers have been recognized by Best Lawyers as leading lawyers for 2018:

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Adam Bell SC
    David Jackson QC
    Gregory Nell SC
    Neil Young QC

    Aviation Law

    Gregory Nell SC

    Banking and Finance Law

    Adam Bell SC

    Bet-the-Company Litigation

    David Jackson QC
    Neil Young QC

    Constitutional Law

    David Jackson QC
    Neil Young QC

    Government Practice

    Sonia Tame

    Insolvency and Reorganization Law

    Adam Bell SC


    Adam Bell SC
    Elizabeth Cheeseman SC
    David Jackson QC
    David McLure SC
    Guy Parker SC (now Justice Parker of the NSW Supreme Court)
    Sonia Tame
    Neil Young QC

    Tax Law

    David Bloom QC
    Chris Peadon
    Thomas Thawley SC

    Trade Law

    Gregory Nell SC

    Transportation Law

    Gregory Nell SC
    Angus Stewart SC

David Jackson QC (Constitutional Law), Neil Young QC (Constitutional Law) and Gregory Nell SC (Transportation Law) have been named Lawyer of the Year in their respective categories.