Richard Potter SC

Richard was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1991 (having practised commercial litigation in London as a UK solicitor for a number of years) and spent 14 years with DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper), heading the insurance litigation Team in Sydney between 2000 -2005, practising in most areas of professional indemnity and other insurance disputes as well as defamation and media law.

Richard was admitted to the NSW Bar in 2005 and practises in all aspects of commercial litigation and equity including insurance disputes and media law (including advising and appearing for media publishers on issues of defamation, contempt, suppression and copyright).

Richard was appointed Senior Counsel in 2020.

Richard also became NMAS accredited mediator through the Resolution Institute in 2022 and acts as a mediator in all types of commercial disputes as well as defamation matters.

Richard also lectures part time at the University of New South Wales in the LLM program.

Practice Areas

  • Defamation and Media
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial
  • Corporations
  • Equity and Trusts

Some Notable Cases

  • Channel Seven v Manock (2007) 232 CLR 245
  • LVMH Watch & Jewellery Australia Pty Ltd v Lassanah & Ors [2011] NSWCA 370

  • Papaconstuntinas v Holmes a Court [2012] 249 CLR 534
  • Bleyer v Google [2014] 88 NSWLR 670

  • Kidu v Fifer [2016] NSWSC 982

  • Accommodation West Pty Ltd v Aikman [2017] WASC 157

  • Murray v Raynor [2019] NSWCA 274

  • Stoltenberg v Bolton; Loder v Bolton [2020] NSWCA 45

  • JWR Productions Australia Pty Ltd v Duncan-Watt (No 2) [2020] FCA 236

  • Gough v Squillacioti [2021] NSWDC 411

  • Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Voller [2021] HCA 27

  • Dutton v Bazzi [2021] FCA 1474 

  • Sydney Cosmetic Clinic v Hu [2022] NSWCA 1

Date of Admission

  • Solicitor (UK) 1983
  • Solicitor (NSW) 1991
  • Barrister (NSW) 2005
  • Senior Counsel (NSW) 2020