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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Teni Berberian Teni has been listed in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the practice area of Insurance Law. She has been listed in the same area of practice since 2016. She was also listed in the 2019 Doyle's Guide as Leading Insurance Junior Counsel. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Areas of Practice Building & Construction Law Criminal Law Disciplinary Proceedings Inquests, Inquiries & Royal Commissions Insurance & Professional Indemnity Professional Liability (including medical negligence and directors & officers liability) Real Property Law Trade Practices & Competition [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications Bachelor of Science (Biomedical), University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Laws (Honours I), University of Technology Sydney (Research thesis at George Washington University, Washington DC) Master of Laws, University of Sydney[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Professional experience Solicitor, Slater & Gordon, 1998 to 2002 Senior Associate, PWC Legal and Hunt & Hunt, 2002 to 2005 Since 2007 Teni has also been a guest lecturer in the subject “Legal Principles” at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Membership Australian Insurance Law Association Association of Women in Insurance Society of Construction Law Australia[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Selected Cases Teni Berberian was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 with degree in Biomedical Science/Law with Hons and in 2002 obtained her Masters in Law from the University of Sydney. She was called to the NSW Bar in 2005 where she practises from the 13th floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers. Teni’s main area of practise at the Bar is insurance, an area she practised in extensively as a solicitor. She practises in all aspect of insurance law and insurance litigation including life, TPD, income protection, professional indemnity, general liability and general commercial litigation. She has been briefed and appears on behalf of many local and international insurers in various Courts in NSW, ACT and Victoria. Teni has been named in the “Best Lawyers in Australia” in insurance law for 2015, 2016 and most recently for 2017. Teni has a special interest in medical law and is briefed regularly on behalf of medical indemnity insurers and the NSW Ministry of Health to appear on behalf of medical practitioners as well as public and private hospitals in defence of medical negligence claims and Coronial Inquests. Teni was involved in the landmark case of Tabet v Gett, now the leading High Court authority on causation in medical negligence cases. Since 2007, Teni has been a guest lecturer of legal principles at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology. Teni has extensive experience and expertise in Commonwealth crime matters and appears on behalf of the Crown on instructions from the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) in prosecution of serious Commonwealth crime matters. She has appeared in various complex trials before juries in matters involving people smuggling, tax fraud, insider trading, proceeds of crime, drugs, money laundering and criminal breaches of the Corporations Law. Teni has appeared for the Commonwealth in various Project Wickenby prosecutions for tax fraud, involving offshore tax havens as part of the joint initiative between the ATO and the AFP. Teni is also briefed and appears in both the prosecution and defence of disciplinary proceedings involving solicitors. She was junior counsel briefed on behalf of the NSW Bar Association in the leading case on overcharging by barristers in New South Wales Bar Association v Meakes both at first instance and in the NSW Court of Appeal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Gary Doherty Gary is also a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (Legal Officer)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Areas of Practice Bankruptcy & Insolvency Building & Construction Law Commercial Law Criminal Law Equity & Trusts Insurance & Professional Indemnity Professional Liability (including medical negligence and directors & officers liability) Trade Practices & Competition Transportation Law (including Aviation & Maritime Law) Wills & Probate (including Succession and Family Provision) [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Technology Sydney Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney Australian Bar Association Residential Trial Advocacy Course – 2009[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Professional experience Prior to coming to the Bar, Gary was a solicitor for 12 years in various positions[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Membership Australian Bar Association[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Publications Available for Download Preliminary Discovery of Documents from a Prospective Defendant 31/03/2015 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Matthew Hutchings Matthew has been recognised in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of: Insurance Law, Medical Negligence, Police Law & Public Law Areas of Practice Administrative Law Commercial Law Criminal Law Employment Law Inquests, Inquiries & Royal Commissions Insurance & Professional Indemnity Professional Liability (including medical negligence and directors & officers liability) [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications Diploma of Law, Legal Practitioners Admission Board [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Clifford Ireland Listed in “The Best Lawyers in Australia” 2023 for: Planning & Environmental Law (since 2020) Real Property Law (since 2021) Construction/Infrastructure Law Water Law -  “Lawyer of the Year for 2023” Listed by Doyles Guide as a Leading Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2022 and since 2013 Listed by Doyles Guide as a recommended Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2019 Listed by Doyles Guide as a recommended Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2018 Listed by Doyles Guide as a leading Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2017 Listed by Doyles Guide as a leading Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2016 Listed by Doyles Guide as a leading Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2015 Listed by Doyles Guide as a leading Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2014 Listed by Doyles Guide as a leading Environmental and Planning  junior barrister, 2013 Clifford has authored the following publications: “Admitting Evidence of pre-contract negotiations” – June 2010, Vol 48 No.5 LSJ “Environmental planning in the public interest and private property rights: The role of s 28 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 NSW” – (2010) 15 LGLJ 155 “Should Private Property Rights Trump The Public Interest in Renewal of the Urban Environment” – November 2009, Volume 15, Local Government Law Journal at 86 “Climate Change Litigation and Planning Law” – Paper, NSW Bar Association Journal, 2008[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Areas of Practice Administrative Law Appellate Building & Construction Law Commercial Law Criminal Law Equity & Trusts Liquor & Gaming Law Local Government, Planning & Environmental Law Real Property Law [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney Bachelor of Laws (Honours I), University of Sydney Master of Laws, University of Sydney[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Professional experience Solicitor and Senior Associate, Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) Research Assistant, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Recent and Significant Cases Site R & D Pty Ltd v Byron Shire Council [2022] NSWLEC 1121 - Significant subdivision development in Byron Bay Shire, successfully approved by the NSW Land & Environment Court in a merits appeal decision handed down on 8 March 2022, by Commissioner Chilcott after a 9 day hearing. Clifford appeared for the Joint Venture Applicants who appealed the refusal by the Northern Regional Planning Panel, under delegation from Byron Shire Council (the Respondent) of the Applicant’s DA seeking consent to subdivide land in two separate areas forming part of the West Byron Urban Release Area (WBURA). Complex issues included: the Applicant’s requests to vary development standards under SEPP 1; whether the Site contained core koala habitat, potential impacts on frog habitat, and biodiversity impacts, including proposed tree removal; acceptable design of road access to industrial land and the satisfaction of all jurisdictional requirements. This is an important decision for planning and environmental law as it addresses complex planning and environmental issues and resolves them in a lengthy and detailed judgment which may have application for similar future cases. Secretary, Department of Planning and Environment v Goodman Property Services (Aust) Pty Ltd; Secretary, Department of Planning and Environment v Burton Contractors Pty Ltd T/as Burton Civil Engineering Contractors (No 2) [2021] NSWLEC 34 - Successfully argued, appearing unled, that criminal charges brought by the NSW Department of Planning were legally defective. Mangoola Coal Operations Pty Limited v Muswellbrook Shire Council [2021] NSWCA 46 - This was a rating and land valuation case, the amounts in issue being many millions of dollars, and concerning the rating categorisation of land surrounding one of the largest open cut coal mines in Australia. Was buffer land surrounding a mine categorised as “mining” or “farming”?   Also appeared at trial: [2020] NSWLEC 66 (11 June 2020). Tropic Asphalts Pty Ltd v Snowy Monaro Regional Council [2021] NSWCCA 24 - Appearing unled for the Prosecutor in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, successfully defended a decision of Moore J (dated 16 September 2020 [2020] NSWLEC 136), against an application under s 5F of the Criminal Appeal Act 1912 (NSW) for leave to appeal. The defendant argued the subpoena was tainted by improper purpose and illegality. Palm Beach Protection Group Inc v Northern Beaches Council (No 2) [2020] NSWLEC 181 (15 December 2020) and Palm Beach Protection Group Incorporated v Northern Beaches Council [2020] NSWLEC 156 (20 November 2020) - Successful environmental or public interest judicial review proceedings, before Preston CJ of LEC, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court. Kiangatha Holdings Pty Ltd v Water NSW [2020] NSWCCA 263 (19 October 2020) - NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. Successfully appealed a decision of the NSW Land & Environment Court (20 December 2019) arguing that the Prosecutors’ summonses were bad for duplicity. The case lays down some important guidelines for the guidance of prosecutors in the area of environmental crime, concerning the need for precision in pleading. Menangle Sand and Soil Pty Ltd v Minister for Planning [2020] NSWLEC 1425 - Successful merits review appeal to the NSW Land & Environment Court against a decision of the Minister for Planning refusing a modification application of an existing consent seeking the extension of a major sand mining operation or quarry for the purpose of extraction of sand and soil and ancillary works, for a further 15 years of operation. The quarry in question had originally supplied the sand used for the concrete used in the Sydney Harbour Bridge. AMT Planning Consultants Pty Ltd t/as Coastplan Consulting v Central Coast Council [2018] NSWCA 289 - successfully defended an appeal concerning the character of the use of the land for which development consent was granted for the purposes of establishing an “existing use” under sections (formerly known as) 106 and 107(1)(b)(i) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) EPA v Wellington [2017] NSWLEC 8; (2017) 222 LGERA 31 - successfully argued that the Class 5 criminal proceedings concerning a pollution incident leading to the pollution of the Macquarie River from the council’s sewage treatment plant should be dismissed on legal grounds. EPA v Riverina [2015] NSWCCA 165; (2015) 90 NSWLR 57 successfully defending serious criminal charges under the POEO Act brought against client who was a manufacturer of stockfeed. Leading decision on duplicity of criminal charges in environmental crime. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Publications Clifford is the Editor of the “Local Government -  Finance - Actionable Liability” section of Lexis Nexis' Local Government Planning & Environment NSW Service.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Georgina Wright SC Areas of Practice Administrative Law Criminal Law Inquests, Inquiries & Royal Commissions [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Qualifications 2005 – Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford 1999 – Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1), University of Sydney 1997 – Bachelor of Arts (French), University of Sydney[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Professional experience 2003 – Avocat, Paris Bar (France) 2000 – Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Membership Member, NSW Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Member, NSW Bar Association Inquests & Inquiries Committee Member, French Australian Lawyers Society[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="hide" z_index=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] Selected Cases [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" el_id="hide" z_index=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] Publications [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal" color="#000000" up="30" down="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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