Rabih Alkadamani

Commercial/Equity law and Employment law.

Larissa Andelman

Workplace Law, Discrinination, Defamation, Inquiries and Coronial hearings, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Luke Chapman

Public and administrative law, Commissions of Inquiry and Coronial proceedings, Commercial disputes, Insolvency and bankruptcy, Fraud and white collar crime, Military law and related proceedings.

Barry Dean

Barry specialises in regulatory, defamation and media law and has appeared as junior counsel in some of Australia’s highest profile defamation proceedings. He routinely advises individual and corporate clients throughout Australia (both potential plaintiffs and defendants) in respect of defamation and reputational issues.  His practice at the Bar also encompasses commercial disputes, administrative and disciplinary hearings, and white-collar criminal defence and prosecution. Barry has particular expertise in civil disputes involving criminal allegations.  He has appeared in white-collar criminal proceedings for accused, offenders and appellants, both individual and corporate, and as crown prosecutor including on a multi-week jury trial. In addition to frequent appearances in Courts throughout Australia, Court of Appeal, High Court, Supreme Court, Local Court and District Court, Barry has in recent years: appeared at ICAC multiple times; appeared at the Football NSW tribunal; served as legal member on the Occupational Therapy Council of NSW; and appeared in the NCAT Occupational Division.   Before coming to the Bar, Barry practised as a solicitor for eight years, first at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and then at ASIC, across a range of commercial, regulatory and litigious matters. Administrative Law Banking, Securities and Insolvency Competition and Consumer Corporate and Commercial Media and Defamation Regulatory and Criminal Law Equity and Trusts Media & Defamation Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited (Trial Judgment) [2024] FCA 369 (Lee J) – claim in defamation for interview broadcast on The Project – appeared led by S Chrysanthou SC for the second respondent publisher, Ms Lisa Wilkinson. Kumova v Davison (No 2) [2023] FCA 1 (Lee J) – claims in defamation about posts on the Twitter social media platform – appeared led by S Chrysanthou SC for the applicant Mr Tolga Kumova. Palmer v McGowan (No 5) (2022) 404 ALR 621 [2022] FCA 893 (Lee J) – claims and cross-claims in defamation over public statements made by each party – appeared led by P Gray SC for Mr Clive Palmer. Bazzi v Dutton (2022) 289 FCR 1; [2022] FCAFC 84 (Rares, Rangiah and Wigney JJ) – appeal against judgment in defamation in respect of publication on Twitter – appeared led by P Gray SC for the appellant publisher Shane Bazzi. Herron v HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd (2022) 292 FCR 336; [2022] FCAFC 68; (2022) 292 FCR 490; [2022] FCAFC 119 (Rares, Wigney and Lee JJ) – appeal against judgment dismissing claims in defamation in relation to book – appeared led by BW Walker SC and S Chrysanthou SC for appellants Mr John Herron and Dr John Gill. Barilaro v Shanks-Markovia (No 2) (2021) 287 FCR 597; [2021] FCA 950 (Rares J) – interlocutory application to stay or dismiss proceedings in defamation in relation to Youtube stream because of parliamentary privilege – appeared led by S Chrysanthou SC for the applicant Mr John Barilaro who was the respondent on the interlocutory application. Kumova v Davison [2021] FCA 753 (Flick J) – interlocutory claim for journalist privilege by publisher in defamation claim over his source for posts on the Twitter social media platform - appeared led by S Chrysanthou SC for the applicant Mr Tolga Kumova who was the respondent on the interlocutory claim for privilege. Stead v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd (2021) 387 ALR 123; [2021] FCA 15 (Lee J) – claims in defamation by a venture capitalist against Australian Financial Review and columnist –– appeared led by S Chrysanthou SC for the applicant Dr Elaine Stead in the proceedings and for the application for indemnity costs. Bailey v WIN Television NSW Pty Ltd (2020) 104 NSWLR 541; [2020] NSWCA 352 (Meagher and White JJA, Simpson AJA) – appeal against judgment dismissing claim in defamation in respect of news broadcast – appeared led by S Chrysanthou for the respondent publisher WIN Television. Hanson-Young v Leyonhjelm (2018) 364 ALR 624; [2018] FCA 1688 (White J) – interlocutory application to dismiss or stay proceedings in defamation in respect of public statements because of parliamentary privilege – appeared led by S Chrysanthou for the applicant Senator Hanson-Young who was the respondent on the interlocutory application. Commercial and Criminal Law De Belin v Australian Rugby League Commission Ltd [2019] FCA 688 (Perry J) – application seeking relief for misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, tortious inference in contractual relations, and restraint of trade in respect of conduct implementing a no-fault rule banning rugby league player from playing in the NRL competition – appeared led by M Einfeld QC on trial for the applicant Jack De Belin. CMB v AG (NSW) (2015) 256 CLR 346; [2015] HCA 9 (French CJ, Kiefel, Bell, Gageler, and Keane JJ) – Offender appeal against successful Crown sentence appeal – Appeared led by C Loukas SC (now Loukas-Karlsson J, ACT Supreme Court) and GA Bashir SC for appellant CMB. Chrysanthou and Dean defend Lisa Wilkinson Publisher apologises to defamed Doctor as part of confidential settlement Andrew Laming defamation case settles with apology from Nine Full Court allows appeal – overturns judgment that Commonwealth Minister defamed in tweet Full Court allows appeal – overturns judgment dismissing Doctors’ claim that Book was defamatory High Court finalises Senator Hanson-Young’s defamation victory Section 30 defence for WIN Television upheld in High Court Judgment for Venture Capitalist defamed in the Australian Financial Review Archbishop wins in the Court of Appeal Federal Court judgment: Hanson-Young v Leyonhjelm [2019] FCA 156 Federal Court judgment: Hanson-Young v Leyonhjelm [2018] FCA 1688 Court of Appeal – Victory: 20 August 2018 Collier v Country Women’s Association of NSW [2018] NSWCA 184 153 Phillip defend the CWA Barrister NSW 2012 Attorney NY USA 2005 Solicitor VIC 2005 Solicitor NSW 2003 LLM University of Sydney 2011 LLB (Hons) University of Sydney2003 BOptom (Hons) University of New South Wales 1999 dean@153phillip.com.au +61 29132 5720

Kellie Edwards

Kellie is a specialist in employment, industrial and discrimination jurisdictions. She also accepts briefs in administrative, trade practices, common law, and restraints of trade cases. Kellie represents plaintiffs and defendants in often large, complex litigation seeking diverse remedies in equity, under the common law and under legislation (such as discrimination and competition and consumer laws). Many of these matters settle without proceedings to mediation.  Kellie also advises and appears in appeals, as well as commissions, inquiries and inquests Kellie is a qualified arbitrator and mediator and has mediated commercial, employment and discrimination matters.  She has been an arbitrator of the Local Court since 2016 and was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Payments Network’s Sanctions Tribunal arbitrating penalty decisions from 2017 to 2022. Kellie has conducted complex investigations at the highest levels of government and corporate life covering diverse issues and concerning employment, industrial, discrimination and harassment laws, ultimately providing advice and recommendations to address individual and systemic issues. Kellie applies her keen logic to every argument, and works towards the best resolution of legal issues for clients. Working closely with her solicitors and their clients, Kellie identifies client goals and desired outcomes in order to tailor a legal strategy to suit. Kellie brings to bear her decades of experience as a lawyer as well as her experience prior to becoming a lawyer, as a consultant, working in private enterprise, government (including the then NSW Department of Industrial Relations, Education, Training and Further Education and Board of Vocational Education and Training) and academia. Outside of chambers, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, cycling, yoga, painting and music. Employment and Industrial Discrimination Administrative Law Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry Common Law a. Industrial and Employment Law Cross v Secretary of the Department of Education [2022] NSWIRComm 1096 (7 November 2022) Edgar v Norton Rose Fulbright Australia Services Pty Ltd [2022] FedCFamC2G 449 (on appeal). McLoughlin v Randstad Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 160 (overturning McLoughlin v Randstad Pty Ltd [2021] FCCA 223). Morrison v Australian National University [2022] FWC 3011 Buchanan v Secretary, NSW Department of Education [2016] NSWIRComm 1045 (28 October 2016) Katerson Pty Ltd v Thambipillay [2016] NSWSC 1226. Marroun v State Transit Authority[2016] NSWSC 1830 (15 December 2016) – a successful defence of an appeal of a public service disciplinary hearing before the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, leading to overturn in Marroun v State Transit Authority (2016) 215 IR 122. Beavan v Industrial Relations Secretary (No 1) (2016) 92 NSWLR 473. Buckley v Terrigal Grosvenor Lodge (Erina) Pty Ltd (No.2)(2015) 298 FLR 429. Richard Plunkett and Silverbrook Research Pty Limited (2012) 221 IR 90 (led by Max Kimber SC) b. Discrimination and Human Rights: Delpachitra v University of Technology Sydney [2023] FCA 18 (20 January 2023) and Delpachitra v University of Technology Sydney [2022] FCA 22 (successful strike out applications before O’Sullivan J and Besanko J respectively). Gutierrez v MUR Shipping Australia Pty Limited [2021] FedCFamC2G 56 (first successful claim under federal age discrimination laws – on appeal with regard to damages decision pending). Edgar v Norton Rose Fulbright Australia Services Pty Ltd [2022] FedCFamC2G 449 (on appeal). McLoughlin v Randstad Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 160 (overturning McLoughlin v Randstad Pty Ltd [2021] FCCA 223). Vitality Works Australia Pty Ltd v Yelda (No 2) (2021) 105 NSWLR 403. Hinton v Alpha Westmead Private Hospital P/L (2016) 242 FCR 1 (led by Kylie Nomchong SC) Casey v Rebel Sport Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 1470 (3 July 2017) Fernandez v University of Technology, Sydney (2015) FCCA 3432. Innes v Rail Corporation of NSW (No 2) (2013) 273 FLR 66 . Kujundzic v MAS National & Ors (2013) 274 FLR 125. Burns v Media Options Group Pty Ltd & Ors [2013] FCCA 79. c. Administrative Law Department of Education and Training v EM (GD) [2011] NSWADTAP 4. Parmar v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (includes erratum dated 7 July 2011) (2011) 195 FCR 186. Kiernan v Commissioner of Police, New South Wales Police (No. 2) (GD) [2010] NSWADTAP 18 (26 March 2010) – appeal. Claim to nullify judgment due to legal incapacity under the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules in Azar v Dr Ritchie unreported before the District Court. d. Common Law and Commercial Law Katerson Pty Ltd v Thambipillay [2016] NSWSC 1226. Boston Commercial Services Pty Ltd v GE Capital Finance Australasia Pty Ltd (2006) FCA 1352 (16 October 2006) 236 ALR 720; (2006) 70 IPR 146; [2007] ALMD 1936. Darcy v State of New South Wales [2010] NSWDC 210 (21 September 2010) and Darcy (bht Diane Aldridge) v State of New South Wales [2011] NSWCA 413 (21 December 2011) (led by Dr Chris Birch SC). State of New South Wales v Rogerson (2007) Aust Torts Reports 81-926 (early bullying case). Chairperson Australian Payments Network – April 2016 to 2022 Arbitrator of the Local Court of NSW (2016 to present) LEADR Accredited Mediator (2014) Member of the NSW ADT (Equal Opportunity Division) (now NCAT) – 1997-2003 Recommended Doyles Employment 2022 Finalist Australian Law Awards Barrister of the Year 2022 Author Thomson’s National Workplace Relations looseleaf service – 2005-2009 Editorial Member NSW Cell of the Alternative Law Journal – 2001 to 2007. Bar Council Subcommittee on Accessibility – May 2022 to date. LEADR Accredited Mediator – since 2014. BarADR Approved Arbitrator – since 2016. Arbitrator of the Local Court of NSW- January 2016 to present. Bar Council Subcommittee on Wellbeing – June 2017 to date. Bar Council Subcommittee Arbitration and ADR – 2017 to 2018. Bar Council Subcommittee on Education – 2013-2016. Mentoring in Freehill’s Women’s Mentoring Program- 2013 to date. Judging Baker and McKenzie’s Women’s Law Moots – 2011 to date. Unethical Behaviours in Legal Practice – Rule 123 – March 2023 The Impact of #MeToo on Employment and Sexual Harassment Claims – March & September 2022 Discrimination & IR in the Pandemic – March 2022 Chairing Legalwise Employment Seminar – March 2022 Date of Admission to the Bar 2005Date of Admission as a solicitor 2001edwards@153phillip.com.au +61 2 9132 5700

Hussein Elachkar

Tertiary Education BCom(Accounting)/LLB (UNSW) Admitted to the Legal Profession 2010 Administrative Law Building & Construction Commercial Law Defamation Law Equity and trusts Family Law Family Provisions & Probate Real Property Credit and Investments Ombudsman:2010 – 2012 Energy and Water Ombudsman:2012 – 2014 Birchgrove Legal:2014 – 2018Alsuleiman v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Anor Acting for the applicant, a leading Australian imam, in Defamation proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against the publishers of the Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail. The case raises a number of important issues, including in relation to the defence of truth at common law and its differentiation from the truth defence pursuant to the s25 Defamation Act. CYD v Secretary of the Department of Education NSW Acted for the applicant in a successful administrative appeal in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal concerning a decision of the Secretary of the Department of Education to cancel the applicant’s family day care provider approval pursuant to s33(1)(a) Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (NSW). Etihaf & Etihaf Acted for the Applicant in Family Court of Australia proceedings concerning property and children, with a range of issues including Airport Watchlist Orders following threats of removing the children from the jurisdiction of Australia, family violence, drug use, and the enforcement of orders for sale of the matrimonial property in circumstances where a child resided at the property. Carr v Chan Acted for the defendant in Family Provisions proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW. Mohammed v Nationwide News Pty Ltd Acted for the applicant mufti in defamation proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW against the publisher of the Daily Telegraph. The case raised some interesting questions, including the approach to be adopted in considering a strike out application regarding particulars in support of a justification defence. Sunrising Family Day Care Pty Ltd v The Department of Education & Training Acted for the Applicant (the provider of a family day care service) in an administrative appeal of a decision by the Secretary of the Department to cancel the applicant’s Commonwealth approval to receive Child Care Benefit payments pursuant to A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999. Uzunlar & Uzunlar Acted for the Applicant in the Family Court of Australia for urgent ex parte orders, including Airport Watchlist orders, and in subsequent related proceedings concerning property and children. Warringah Timbers Pty Ltd v Mackenzie Acted for the Defendant supplier in commercial proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW concerning alleged non-payment of ongoing trade debts, and further alleged Corporations Act civil penalty provisions, including under s182.elachkar@153phillip.com.au +61 2 9132 5700