Navid Sedaghati

Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience across a range of practice areas, Navid brings 18 years of litigation experience when advising and advocating for clients. In recognition of his expertise and the successful outcomes he has attained for his clients Navid was a finalist in the 2019 Australian Law Awards for Barrister of the year.

Navid’s core areas of practice include Commercial Law, Corporations Law, Building and Construction Law, and Private International Law. His practice extends to the banking, finance, property, engineering, information technology, intellectual property, telecommunications, energy, oil, gas, mining, shipping, maritime and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Navid also possesses particular expertise in international law and in matters where cross-jurisdictional issues arise. Such expertise extends to representing clients in international commercial arbitrations and mediations.

Navid has been admitted as a Barrister in Australia and New Zealand, as a Registered Foreign Lawyer of the Singapore International Commercial Court and as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. The diverse range of clients for whom he has acted include individuals and boutique companies, to some of the most recognised corporations and brands including Panasonic, Telstra, Vodafone, Optus, Burkert, KNet Technology and Blackmores. In 2018 he was part of the team that formulated the Financial Services Sector’s submissions to the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Sector, known as the Banking Royal Commission.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Navid was a Partner of a law firm and General Counsel at one of Australia’s leading beverage companies. The depth and breadth of his experience in legal practice gained through successfully representing or supervising more than 4,000 legal matters has served to bolster his legal and commercial acumen, as well as his client skills. His extensive experience in litigation, compliance, corporate governance and risk allows him to take a well balanced approach to the resolution of his clients’ disputes. In this way, Navid is highly skilled in identifying and allocating risk and seeking effective solutions, and he uses this for the advantage of his clients when advising or representing them in courts and alternative dispute resolution forums.

Navid’s qualifications include degrees in Law, Economics, Banking and Finance, a Master of Laws and he is currently in the final stages of completing his Doctorate. As a part time lecturer and tutor at the University of Technology Sydney he teaches civil practice, corporate law, evidence and world trade law. He is a registered mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), a NSW Bar Association accredited mediator, and an accredited mediator with the Supreme and District Courts of NSW. He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the NSW Bar Association, in addition to being a member of several national and industry committees for Corporations Law, International Arbitration and Domestic Arbitration.

Navid is available to represent clients in legal matters, including in arbitrations and mediations, in all Australian jurisdictions, Singapore, New Zealand, England, British Overseas Territories and upon request, may consider matters in other countries.

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  • 2019 Doctor of Business Administration (DBA): Queensland University of Technology
  • 2017 Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme: Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • 2017 ADC Mediator Accrediation: Australian Disputes Centre
  • 2017 ADC Mediation Skills, Techniques and Practice Course: Australian Disputes Centre
  • 2015 Graduate Certificate in Compliance Management: Governance Risk Compliance Institute
  • 2011 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building): Master Builders Association of NSW
  • 2007 The Chairman Course by Graham Bradley AM: Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • 2007 Project Management: University of Sydney
  • 2006 Company Directors Course Diploma: Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • 2003 Master of Laws: Australian National University, Canberra
  • 2001 Bachelor of Laws: University of Western Sydney
  • 1999 Bachelor of Economics (Economics / Banking & Finance): University of Western Sydney
  • 1998 Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) Settlements: Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Securities Institute of Australia


  • 2017 Admitted as a Barrister in Australia
  • 2017 Admitted as a Barrister in New Zealand
  • 2017 Accredited Mediator of the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
  • 2016 Admitted as a Registered Foreign Lawyer of the Singapore International Commercial Court
  • 2010 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • 2010 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • 2002 Admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of Australia
  • Bar ADR accredited Mediator: New South Wales Bar Association
  • Fellow: Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Certified Compliance Professional Fellow: Governance Risk Compliance Institute
  • Internationally Certified Compliance Professional: International Federation of Compliance Associations
  • Member: New South Wales Bar Association
  • Member: New Zealand Bar Association
  • Member: Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Member: The Commercial Law Association of Australia
  • Member: Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Member: Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW)
  • Member: INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals)

Selected Cases

  • Blackmores Limited v H MA Enterprises Pty Ltd & Anor [2018] NSWSC 129757
  • Vanguard Financial Planners Pty Ltd & Anor v Ale & Ors [2018] NSWSC 314 (led by Christopher Wood)
  • Bazaarvoice Inc v Suede One to One Pty Limited and Panasonic Australia Pty Limited [2013] District Court, 200th Judicial District Travis County, Texas USA, No D-1-GN-13-004278.
  • Think Spirits Pty Ltd v Vish Enterprises Pty Ltd [2011] NSWLC 285082
  • Brandup Business Solutions Pty Ltd v Maelstrom McCarthy Pty Ltd [2009] NSWDC 5702
  • Burkert Contromatic Australia Pty Ltd v Nicole Salazar [2009] NSWLC 1477
  • Residential Property Investments Pty Ltd v Leon Moses Raaff and Denoz Cranes Pty Ltd and Dennis Brijeski [2007] NSWDC 1032
  • Bellmarch Developments Pty Limited v Stoneleigh Designer Homes Pty Limited and Ors [2007] FMCA 1690
  • Sellect Properties (Aust) Pty Ltd v Master Property Holdings Pty Limited [2007] NSWSC 2865
  • Nick Jamons and Anor v Bellmarch Developments Pty Limited and JRJ Plumbing Services Pty Ltd [2007] NSWCTTT HB 07/24295
  • Jeffrey Edward Buhler and Fiona Buhler v Bradley Scott James Turner and Kelly Marie Lee Skelly Turner and Peter John Bayssari and Baycorp (NSW) Pty Ltd and Peter Lawrence Duffy and All Building Certifiers Pty Ltd and Repel Pest Management Pty Ltd [2006] NSWDC 3870
  • Peek Developments Pty Limited v Medium Density Management Pty Limited [2004] NSWLC 135
  • Office of Fair Trading v Solar Lifestyle Pty Limited [2004] NSWCTTT B04/3988
  • Turrell Building Services Pty Limited and Anor v Hudson Timber & Hardware Limited [2003] NSWLC 17485
  • Rageaway Pty Ltd v Pike’s Plant Hire & Services [2002] NSWSC 6154

Publications, Seminars & Training

Navid regularly conducts training sessions, and delivers tailored seminars and continuing legal education presentations, to lawyers and industry professionals regarding specialised legal issues and emerging legal developments, including:

  • Corporate Litigation, Directors’ Duties (including recent developments to s180 of the Corporations Act 2001) and the Anticipated Change in the Behaviour of ASIC and Other Regulators in the Wake of the Hayne Royal Commission – Corporate Governance Summit
  • A discussion with Navid Sedaghati Barrister on Corporations Law Litigation and upcoming targets of prosecution by the regulators Legalwise Seminars
  • How to use Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements and International Law to Win Domestic Australian Commercial and Administrative Law Court Cases
  • Using International Law, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements to Win Court Cases for Australian Corporations in Overseas Jurisdictions
  • Copyright Law, Defamation and Social Media – to the marketing department of corporations and communications agencies
  • NSW Liquor Licence Obligations and Compliance – to compliance and accounting professionals
  • Marketing Law, Advertising Code of Conduct and Liquor Promotion Guidelines – to the marketing department of corporations and communications agencies
  • Contract Law, Dispute and Claim Prevention – to the sales force of corporations
  • Corporate Law – to solicitors, Masters, post graduate and undergraduate law students at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • The Law in Relation to the Admissibly of Evidence and Civil Procedure – to law students at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Repudiation of Contracts – to barristers and solicitors at the Off-Piste Continuing Legal Education Conference
  • Law and Ethics – to banking, finance and securities practitioners and post graduate students for the Securities Institute of Australia