Chambers and Partners – Asia Pacific 2020 Rankings
New Chambers has been recognised as a Band 1 set by Chambers and Partners in their “Asia – Pacific 2020, Dispute Resolution: The Bar in Australia” rankings. Chambers and Partners reviews are in italics
This Sydney set is home to over 50 barristers, practising in over 50 practice areas and appearing in court, administrative tribunal and public inquiry proceedings and a variety of alternative dispute resolution processes across Australia and abroad. The chambers’ versatile offering includes strong concentrations of expertise in the financial services and competition sectors, and its members include a star of the Appellate Bar and pre-eminent providers of advice and advocacy on taxation and shipping issues. Interviewees are quick to compliment both the high-quality legal acumen and the freedom from administrative friction that the set provides. One notes: “I find all of the senior counsel I approach at New Chambers incredibly responsive, even though they are clearly in high demand and very busy.” Others speak of “a very well-run office with plenty of support for the barristers” and “clerks who well appreciate the need for responsiveness in attending to clients.” Clerk Michael Wilcox is a recommended contact.
New Chambers was also strongly represented in the individual ranking with 11 members being ranked.
Dispute Resolution: The Bar
David Jackson QC (Star Individual) continues to enjoy recognition, not only as “one of the top silks in Australia,” but more specifically as “the country’s pre-eminent and most experienced appeal counsel.” He also offers extensive experience of conducting official inquiries at both state and Commonwealth levels and is an accomplished arbitrator and mediator.
Neil Young QC (Star Individual) maintains his reputation as one of the clear leaders of the Victorian Bar, one interviewee going so far as to identify him as “the best commercial silk in Australia.” Other sources cite his “highly valued and extensive experience as an appellate advocate” and his ability to establish “an excellent grasp of complex detail in a very short timeframe,” while a source sums him up as “an exceptional, incredibly hard-working barrister, always well prepared and an absolute pain to be on the other side of.”
Elizabeth Cheeseman SC is an “excellent senior counsel,” particularly recommended for her work in the financial services space and also well known for her work on behalf of regulatory bodies such as ASIC or the ATO, and the Australian Federal Police. She is also prominent both in proceedings concerning instances of white-collar crime and in civil cases linked to such proceedings.
David McLure SC maintains a highly diverse practice, largely focused on work for insurers and other financial services providers and government agencies at both state and Commonwealth levels. He also offers particularly noteworthy expertise in sporting matters, having served as a member of the Australian Olympic Committee’s selection appeals tribunal.
Employment: The Bar
Kate Eastman SC of New Chambers is often engaged on cases involving discrimination, adverse action and employee remuneration. A source notes: “Her advice is particularly excellent. She gets to the issues and the point very quickly.”
Restructuring/Insolvency: The Bar
Adam Bell SC of New Chambers often appears in insolvency cases representing appointees, including liquidators and receivers. An instructing solicitor comments: “He has strong attention to detail, is well prepared, has clinical cross-examination skills, reads the play extremely well and is very commercial.”
Emma Beechey of New Chambers is identified as a “real up-and-coming young person at the Bar” by an interviewee who also notes: “In terms of pure insolvency she’s very good.” She frequently appears in cases involving large liquidations, representing either distressed corporates or liquidators.
Shipping: The Bar
Gregory Nell SC (Band 1) is recognised for his expertise acting as counsel in complex and sensitive maritime mandates. He is identified by interviewees as “a giant of the Maritime Bar,” and one source says: “He is always enormously well prepared and can really be relied on.”
Catherine Gleeson has a strong following among Australia’s leading maritime law practices. Instructing solicitors consider her to be “bright, approachable and practical,” as well as “extremely diligent and meticulous.”
Jesse Kennedy is admired by interviewees for his intelligence and capability in the maritime and shipping space. One interviewee reports:”He is a brilliant lawyer. I see him as a real talent.”
Tax: The Bar
David Bloom QC (Band 1 ) of New Chambers is a leading authority on all things tax-related. He is admitted to practice at both the Commonwealth and state levels as well as the New York Bar and the Bar of England and Wales. “He’s regarded by some as the best tax barrister,” says one admiring source.
Chris Peadon (Band 1) of New Chambers is an increasingly prominent senior junior at the tax Bar who is also accomplished in commercial and insurance law. “Chris is a standout in terms of engaging in current issues in the tax space, including ethics in tax,” explains one approving client.
Doyle’s – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2019
New Chambers has been strongly represented in the latest Doyle’s Guide rankings.
David Bloom QC has been recognised as a ‘leading’ Silk in Taxation in New South Wales
Chris Peadon is recognised as a ‘preeminent’ Junior Counsel.
Courtney Ensor is recognised as a ‘leading’ Junior Counsel.
Michael Cosgrove is recognised as a ‘recommended’ Junior Counsel.
Congratulations to David, Chris, Courtney and Michael
Further information of the Doyle’s Rankings can be found here
Tax Controversy Leaders – Ninth edition
New Chambers has been strongly represented in the ninth edition of ‘Tax Controversy Leaders’.
Courtney Ensor was rated as ‘Highly Regarded’ in the practice area of ‘Women in tax’.
This publication by World Tax in association with the International Tax Review is described by World Tax as a “collection of tax controversy leaders recognised – by the leading names in their own and international markets – as those who perform strongest in their field. Market leaders chosen by market leaders.”
More information on this publication can be found here:
Congratulations David, Chris, Courtney and Michael.
Doyles Guide: Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Counsel – New South Wales, 2019
Congratulation Miles and Hayley
NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019
Congratulations to Diana Tang who has been recognised as ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the 2019 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards.
The Women Lawyers Association of NSW describe the awards as recognition and celebration of the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law.
Further information on the awards can be found here
2019 Holt Prize
New Chambers would like to congratulate Dr Shipra Chordia on being named the recipient of the 2019 Holt Prize. Shipra’s manuscript, ‘Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law’, was unanimously selected for the award by an esteemed judging panel consisting of Professor William Gummow AC, Justice Alan Robertson and Dr Ruth Higgins SC.
The Holt Prize, awarded by The Federation Press, was established to honour the late Christopher Holt. It is one of Australia’s most generous legal prizes, and is awarded biennially to a first-time author of a manuscript that covers an academic or practical area of the law.
Shipra can be contacted here
New Chambers welcomes new reader
New Chambers would like to welcome its newest reader, Stephanie Gaussen. Stephanie joins us after recently completing the NSW Bar Association Bar Practice Course.
Stephanie accepts a wide range of briefs in both private and public law. Prior to coming to the bar, Stephanie worked at Sparke Helmore Lawyers in Government (Administrative) Law and at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions as a Federal Prosecutor. Stephanie gained extensive advocacy experience in both roles, where she appeared in both Federal and State courts. As a Prosecutor, Stephanie prosecuted offences referred by numerous investigating agencies including the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Taxation Office and NSW Police. In 2012, Stephanie was Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice John Hislop of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.
Full Federal Court’s tax decision in Resource Capital Fund
Earlier today the Full Federal Court delivered judgment in the Commissioner’s favour in Commissioner of Taxation v Resource Capital Fund IV & V LLP.
The decision of the 5-member bench (comprising Justices Besanko, Middleton, Davies, Steward and Thawley) resolves several important outstanding issues for taxation administration generally and also taxing of disposals of interests in mining entities arising under Australia’s Double Tax Treaties and the “TARP” provisions in Division 855 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).
Chris Peadon of New Chambers was a member of the Commissioner’s successful 3-counsel team led by Mark Richmond SC and instructed by Minter Ellison.
Chris advises both taxpayers and the Commissioner in a number of cases concerning taxing of foreign investors involving the application of double tax treaties, the TARP provisions, and transfer pricing. He is identified by Chambers & Partners, the International Tax Review and other review publications as a leading member of Australia’s junior tax bar.
Best Lawyers 2020
The following members of New Chambers have been recognised in the 12th edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Gregory Nell SC (2020 Lawyer of the Year)
Banking and Finance Law
Class Action Litigation
Neil Young QC (2020 Lawyer of the Year)
Human Rights Law
Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Labour and Employment Law
Occupational Health & Safety Law
Shipping & Maritime Law
Michael Hodge QC joins New Chambers
Michael Hodge QC has joined New Chambers.
Michael Hodge was one of the Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
Michael practices in commercial and public law, with a focus on competition law and consumer protection, economic regulation, corporations law and financial services, and resources and commercial development disputes. He has significant experience in relation to regulatory investigations, civil penalty proceedings and liability of directors and officers.
The full press release can be viewed here
Doyle’s Guide: Leading Employment Law Senior Counsel – NSW, 2019
Two members of New Chambers have been listed in the 2019 edition of Doyle’s Guide: Leading Employment Law Senior Counsel – NSW, 2019 rankings
Kate Eastman SC has been recognised as ‘Preeminent’. Ms Eastman has frequented the Doyle’s Employment Law Senior Counsel rankings since 2013, her first eligible year and this is the second straight year of being listed as ‘Preeminent’.
Arthur Moses SC has also been recognised as ‘Preeminent’. Mr Moses has been recognised as ‘Leading’ in previous editions of these rankings and is now considered ‘Preeminent’.
Congratulations Kate and Arthur
Doyle’s Guide: Leading Workplace Health & Safety Law Senior Counsel – NSW, 2019
Two members of New Chambers have been recognised in the Doyle Guide: Leading Workplace Health & Safety Law Senior Counsel – NSW, 2019 rankings. This is the first year that Doyles have ranked Workplace Health & Safety Law in it’s own right for the NSW Bar. Previously they combined these rankings with Employment Law.
Arthur Moses SC has been listed as ‘Preeminent’
Kate Eastman SC has been listed as ‘Recommended’
Congratulations Arthur and Kate
Doyles Guide: Leading Transport Barristers – Australia 2019
New Chambers’ reputation as the leading ‘Transport Law’ Chambers in Australia was confirmed with the release of the Doyles Guide 2019 Rankings.
Gregory Nell SC was recognised as the ‘Market Leader’ for Transport matters in Australia, the third straight year of being acknowledged as such.
Angus Stewart SC was recognised as a ‘Preeminent’ Senior Counsel. Mr Stewart’s third year of receiving that recognition.
Catherine Gleeson was recognised as a ‘Preeminent’ Junior Counsel. Ms Gleeson entered these rankings in 2016 as a ‘Recommended’ Junior Counsel. Having received recognition as a ‘Leading’ Transport Barrister in 2017 and 2018, Ms Gleeson is now considered ‘Preeminent’.
Congratulations to Greg, Angus and Catherine
Chambers and Partners – Asia Pacific 2019 Rankings
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 2019:
Doyles Guide 2018 – Taxation
New Chambers growing reputation for excellence in taxation law has been reflected in the latest Doyle’s Guide rankings.
David Bloom QC has been recognised as a ‘leading’ Silk in Taxation in New South Wales
Neil Young QC is a ‘recommended’ Senior Counsel in Victoria
Chris Peadon is now recognised as a ‘preeminent’ Junior Counsel. In previous versions of these rankings Mr Peadon was recognised as ‘leading’.
Courtney Ensor has been recognised as a ‘leading’ Junior Counsel. Ms Ensor broke into these rankings last year as a ‘recommended’ junior counsel.
Congratulations to David, Neil, Chris, Courtney, Michael, Greg and Tom.
Further information of the New South Wales Rankings can be found here
Further information on the Victoria rankings can be found here
New Chambers Recognised in Doyles Guide 2018
New Chambers has once again been strongly represented in the Doyles Guide rankings for 2018.
Gregory Nell SC – Leading Transport Barristers – Australia, 2018
Neil Young QC – Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Barristers – Victoria, 2018
Neil Young QC – Leading Competition Law Barristers – Australia, 2018
Kate Eastman SC – Leading Employment & WHS Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
Arthur Moses SC – Leading Employment & WHS Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
Angus Stewart SC – Leading Transport Barristers – Australia, 2018
Chris Peadon – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2018
David Jackson QC – Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
David Bloom QC – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2018
Neil Young QC – Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel – Victoria, 2018
Catherine Gleeson – Leading Transport Barristers – Australia, 2018
Courtney Ensor – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2018
Neil Young QC – Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Senior Counsel – Victoria, 2018
Neil Young QC – Leading Intellectual Property Barristers – Victoria, 2018
Neil Young QC – Leading Tax Barristers – Victoria, 2018
Adam Bell SC – Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
Miles Condon SC – Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Senior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
James Sheller – Leading Insurance Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
Hayley Bennett – Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
Greg O’Mahoney – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2018
Thomas Prince – Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel – New South Wales, 2018
Thomas Prince – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2018
Michael Cosgrove – Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales, 2018
Who’s Who Legal Australia – Sports and Entertainment
Dominic Villa SC has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as one of Australia’s foremost lawyers in the Sports and Entertainment landscape.
The recognition acknowledges outstanding work in transactional, regulatory, intellectual property and litigation matters.
Further information can be found here
2019 Bar Council
Congratulations to Kate Eastman SC, Ben Katekar and Catherine Gleeson who have been elected to New South Wales Bar Association Bar Council for 2019.