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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] Tom Brennan SC Areas of Practice Administrative Law Constitutional Law Employment Law Insurance & Professional Indemnity International Law (Public & Private) Trade Practices & Competition Transportation Law (including Aviation & Maritime 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, Australian National University Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University[/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 Tom Brennan specialises in commercial law, regulatory matters and employment law. He has a reputation for successfully running difficult and complex disputes in these areas. The matters in which Tom regularly appears and advises include civil aviation (regulatory, commercial, insurance and civil liability), competition and consumer law, the law governing intelligence and security agencies and operations, government information, employment and industrial disputes and anti-suit injunctions. Many of the disputes in which he appears contain a cross-jurisdictional element. Tom regularly appears at trial and appellate level in a diverse range of Federal and State jurisdictions including the High Court of Australia, Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Court of Appeal and the New South Wales Supreme Court. He also appears in tribunals, such as the Fair Work Commission and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Tom’s chambers are equipped with high quality audio visual conferencing facilities for use in appearances, mediations and conferences. He accepts fully electronic briefs and is the author of the Guide to Preparing and Sending an Electronic Brief. The scope of Tom’s practice and complementary practice areas assist him to integrate different legal disciplines to achieve favourable commercial outcomes for his clients. He accepts briefs from solicitors in law firms and in-house legal counsel, and is commended by his clients for his detailed knowledge, breadth of experience and attention to detail. He is a strategic litigator who is highly valued for his preparedness to run difficult cases and creative abilities. Prior to joining the Bar in 2006, Tom acquired considerable experience as a senior executive in the Federal Government and as a public company director. Tom was also previously a Partner at national law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He is the former Chair of 13 Wentworth Chambers and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University in Canberra. [/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 Law Council of Australia, Trade Practices Committee Law Council of Australia, Civil Litigation Section Law Council of Australia, International Law Section Australian Institute of Administrative 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] Selected Cases Commercial Disputes Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd ats Wells Fargo Trust (on the remitter from VB Leaseco Pty Ltd (administrators appointed) v Wells Fargo Trust Company [2020] FCAFC 168) – appeared for the administrators of the Virgin Group to obtain orders in dispute with aircraft lessor that enabled completion of the administration Mackellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd v Thornton [2019] HCATrans 188; [2019] QCA 77, 367 ALR 171 – Appeal against refusal of anti-suit injunction – whether continuation of foreign proceeding becomes vexatious upon resolution of claims against foreign parties Hills Ltd ats Rauland Australia Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 1174, [2019] FCA 1175, [2020] FCA 516, [2020] FCA 1400 – continuing to act for Hills Ltd in long running disputes concerning claims of misuse of confidential information of a competitor supplier of nurse call systems to hospitals AerCap Ireland v Beijing Capital Airlines (2019) – appeared for aircraft lessor in the first (ex-parte) application in Australia to “arrest” an aircraft under the Cape Town Convention Murray ats Feros [2019] NSWSC 260 – dissolution of partnership of pharmacists; winding up of operating entities Marketform Managing Agency Ltd ats Amashaw Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 70, 97 NSWLR 306 – Appeared for an insured on a claim for indemnity for rectification of service station petrol leak under environmental liability risks policy Regulatory Disputes Waterco Ltd v Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority NSD 1335/2020 – appeared for registrants under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Code to obtain orders setting aside decisions to cancel various registrations of pool and spa sanitisers. Orders sought made by consent following the first day of expedited trial Commonwealth of Australia v Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 16; [2019] FCAFC 25, 264 FCR 1; [2018] FCA 595, [2018] FCA 991 – appeared for Helicopter Resources at trial and on appeal – application to restrain a Coroner from examining operator’s Chief Pilot on safety standards of air operations in the Antarctic when the operator has been charged with offences under Work Health and Safety law Work Health Authority v Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 2, 93 ALJR 212; [2017] NTCA 7, 326 FLR 1 – appeared for Outback Ballooning – Constitutional Law – do the Civil Aviation Act, Regulations and Orders cover the field of the prescription and enforcement of safety standards in civil aviation – exclusion of application of Work Health and Safety laws to safety of civil air operations PT Garuda Indonesia ats ACCC [2017] HCA 21, 262 CLR 207; [2016] FCAFC 42, (2016) 244 FCR 190; [2014] FCA 1157; (2014) ATPR 42-490; [2019] FCA 786, 370 ALR 637; [2020] FCA 685 – Appeared for Garuda in Australia’s largest ever competition law enforcement proceedings concerning the alleged international air cargo cartel on liability questions at trial, on the regulator’s appeal to the Full Court and Garuda’s appeal to the High Court of Australia. Continued to act on the remittal of the proceedings for determination of penalty and Garuda’s appeal against penalty. There are more than 20 published judgments in the proceeding dealing with numerous significant legal issues concerning foreign sovereign immunity, extraterritorial reach of competition law and its intersection with public international civil aviation law (in particular, the laws of Indonesia, Hong Kong and Australia were considered) Employment & Industrial Disputes Qube Ports Pty Ltd ats CFMMEU C2020/4469 – in the Fair Work Commission successfully resisting application by CFMMEU concerning calculations of wages for irregular employees for whom employer received Jobkeeper Dorber ats CFMMEU NSD 1329/2019 – appeared in the Federal Court for Mr Dorber who was sued by the CFMMEU for contraventions of the Fair Work Act in his capacity as an employer bargaining representative. Proceeding resolved in 2020 by CFMMEU consenting to judgment against it with an order that it pay Mr Dorber’s costs Pezzimenti v Rotary International (2019) 290 IR 219; [2020] FCCA 95 – appeared for Mr Pezzimenti obtaining compensation and penalties for his unlawful dismissal as Chief Executive of Rotary in Australia Australian Defence Apparel Pty Ltd v Graham & Anor [2019] NSWSC 1162 – appeared for the former CEO in post-employment restraint dispute Bartlett v Australian and New Zealand Banking Ltd [2016] NSWCA 30, 92 NSWLR 639 – An often-cited case in employment and contract law. Appeared for Mr Bartlett on a dispute concerning termination of employment. The matter also concerned qualification of contractual powers and discretions by requirements of good faith and reasonableness and principles for resolving conflicts in expert evidence Administrative Law FUD18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2021] FCAFC 132; [2020] FCA 48 – Appeared for Applicant seeking writ to prohibit cancellation of Visa in reliance on Interpol Red Notice – first judicial consideration of character test provision concerning Interpol notices Hocking v Director-General, National Archives of Australia [2020] HCA 19; [2019] FCAFC 12; [2018] FCA 340, 255 FCR 1 – appeared for Professor Hocking – Constitutional and Administrative Law – letters between the Governor-General in his official capacity and the Queen are the “property of the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth institution” and subject to the Archives Act – nature and incidents of the office of Governor- General Commonwealth of Australia v Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 16; [2019] FCAFC 25, 264 FCR 174; [2018] FCA 595, [2018] FCA 991 – appeared for Helicopter Resources - Judicial Review of decision by Coroner to require employee of company charged with offence to answer questions which may be relevant to the charges – scope of corporation’s right to an accusatory trial – powers of Coroner Degning v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCAFC 67 – appeared for the appellant to set aside deportation order – interpretation of legislation – presumption against retrospectivity – denial of natural justice BSX15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 104, 249 FCR 1; [2016] FCA 1432 – Appeared for the applicant at trial and on appeal in a matter setting aside ASIO’s adverse security assessment for denial of procedural fairness Fitzgibbon v Prime Minister [2017] FCA 968, 72 AAR 431; [2017] AATA 502 – Appeared for the Prime Minister in a matter concerning the scope of application of provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act when documents in the possession of the Prime Minister are claimed to be private documents of the Prime Minister Qantas Airways v Lustig [2015] FCA 253, 228 FCR 148 – Appeared for Qantas in a proceeding establishing that State consumer tribunals that are not Courts cannot hear consumer claims with federal law elements[/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 Unlawful termination of employment must not be confused with unfair termination – a note on Pezzimenti v Rotary International 13/02/2020 The Ups & Downs of Aviation Litigation 24/10/2019 Recent Developments in Employment Disputes: Emphasising the Law of ...

[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] Sebastian McIntosh Areas of Practice Administrative Law Commercial Law Employment Law Work, Health & Safety [/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 (Hons), Australian National University, 2005 – 2010 Accredited Specialist by NSW Law Society – Employment and Industrial Law (December 2016 – September 2018)[/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 2013 – 2018 HWL Ebsworth Lawyers – Solicitor, Associate, Senior Associate and Special Counsel in the Workplace Relations and Safety Group 2011 – 2013 Bradley Allen Love, formerly Williams Love & Nicol – Solicitor in the Employment and Industrial Relations Team[/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 NSW 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 Author, Update to Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, Federal Industrial System, 2016[/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] Jodi Steele SC Jodi is a Senior Counsel practicing in commercial law and equity who has been consistently recognised in Doyles Guide,  Who’s Who Legal: Construction, Who’s Who Legal: Australia and Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading barrister in Litigation, Insurance, Construction Law, Employment and Industrial Relations and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She brings over 25 years’ legal and commercial experience to the resolution of her clients’ disputes. Complementing her practice as a barrister, she deploys her strong negotiation and communication skills when appearing as counsel at mediations, and when acting as a mediator. Her knowledge and expertise across the broad range of commercial practice areas listed below has seen her act and advise international and multi-national corporations, the State and Commonwealth Government, as well as high-profile individual clients. Her considerable list of long-standing clients commend her on her commercial and strategic advice, together with her advocacy skills and judgment. For any enquiries, or to brief Jodi, please contact her clerk, Paul Walker on (02) 8915 5102. For more information, see jodisteele.com.au Accolades 2022 Best Lawyers in Australia: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law and Litigation (awarded in April 2021) 2021 Best Lawyers in Australia: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law and Litigation (and as published in the Australian Financial Review) 2021 Doyle's Guide - Recommended Leading Construction and Infrastructure Senior Counsel – NSW Who's Who Legal: Australia & New Zealand - Construction: (WWL says “Jodi Steele SC is widely acknowledged to be “an excellent silk” for complex commercial and infrastructure disputes”). 2021 Who's Who Legal - Construction: (WWL says “Jodi is celebrated as a top Silk in construction in New South Wales”; “she is highly intelligent, tactical, committed and hard-working”; “Jodi is excellent in the testing of expert evidence”). 2020 Doyles Guide: Recommended Leading Construction and Infrastructure Junior Counsel - NSW 2020 Best Lawyers in Australia: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law and Litigation (and as published in the Australian Financial Review) 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia: Litigation, Insurance and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) 2019 Who's Who Legal - Construction ("Jodi is a well-regarded construction barrister at the Australian Bar. She is described as being "excellent with expert evidence" and is credited with "a high intellect and wide experience") 2019 Who’s Who Legal: Australia – Construction (WWL says “Jodi Steele is a standout barrister with substantial experience acting for clients in high-value construction disputes”). 2019 Top 100 Women in Construction and Development 2018 Who’s Who Legal: Australia - Construction (WWL says “Jodi Steele is a highly regarded barrister who stands out for her strong expertise in construction claims and insurance matters”) 2018 Best Lawyers in Australia 2018 Who’s Who Legal: Construction (WWL says sources have praised Jodi as “incisive, hardworking and with a great understanding of construction law and principles”) 2018 Top 100 Women in Construction and Development 2017 Doyles Guide: Leading Construction Barrister 2017 Best Lawyers in Australia: Commercial Litigation, Insurance and Dispute Resolution 2016 Doyles Guide: Leading Junior Counsel in Construction Law, Employment, Industrial Relations and WHS barristers; 2016 Best Lawyers in Australia: Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) 2015 Doyles Guide: Leading Construction Barrister 2015 Best Lawyers in Australia: Litigation and ADR 2014 Best Lawyers in Australia: ADR [/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 Class Actions Commercial Law Employment Law Equity & Trusts Inquests, Inquiries & Royal Commissions Insurance & Professional Indemnity International Commercial Arbitration & Mediation Mediators Professional Liability (including medical negligence and directors & officers liability) Trade Practices & Competition Wills & Probate (including Succession and Family Provision) Work, Health & Safety [/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 Accredited Mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), 2015 Bachelor of Laws: University of New South Wales, 1992 Bachelor of Arts: University of New South Wales, 1992[/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 2013 – present: Senior Counsel and Barrister, 13 Wentworth Chambers 2002 – 2013: Barrister, Seven Wentworth Chambers 1998 – 2000: Senior Legal Officer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 1997 – 1998: Solicitor, Construction Department, Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) 1993 – 1997: International Manager (Contract Negotiation and Business Development) for a boutique Australian advertising firm – Asia Pacific and Latin America regions[/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, Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) Member, New South Wales Bar Association Jodi has adopted the Law Council of Australia’s National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy Appointments Director, Counsel Chambers Limited (since 2016) Lieutenant, Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) (since 2007) Sydney Legal Navy Panel [/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 Significant cases in which Jodi has appeared are set out in her CV, which can be downloaded below.[/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 Publications and Speaking Engagements Jodi regularly authors articles, delivered papers and presents tailored seminars to solicitors on topical legal issues and legal developments. Recent examples are as follows: Recent Developments in Construction Law: Australian Society of Construction Law Advocacy in Mediation: NSW Bar Association conference in Orange, New South Wales 9th Annual Advanced Evidence and Advocacy Masterclass: presented at UNSW for Legalwise Seminars DO’S and DON’TS of Running a Case in Equity: co-presented with The Honourable Justice Stephen Robb and chaired by Nick Kidd SC, at the NSW Bar Association. Implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: Members of 13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers How to Plead Proportionate Liability to Ensure it Covers the Concurrent Wrongdoer: Commercial Litigation Conference for Legalwise Review of Defect and Contractual Remedies in the Combustible Cladding Context: UNSW Continuing Legal Education Expert Witnesses – Effective Briefing and Giving Evidence in Court: Society of Construction Law Australia (SOCLA) Review of Defects Procedures and Contractual Remedies – Defect Liability and Cladding Claims: UNSW Continuing Legal Education Negotiation and Without Prejudice Communications: co-presented with Raphael Perla to various law firms Understanding Privilege: co-presented with Lucy Robb-Vujcic to various law firms Proportionate Liability: co-presented with Mark Dempsey SC to various law firms [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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