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Introduction

With over 30 years at the Bar, Greg has considerable experience acting for, and advising, clients globally, in complex cross-border maritime commercial, building and construction, professional negligence and insurance-related disputes.

Complementing his practice, Greg has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution, and in particular, international commercial arbitration. With chambers in Sydney and London and possessing specialised knowledge and expertise in commercial, maritime and building and construction disputes, Greg has appeared in local and overseas jurisdictions, including Sydney, Hong Kong, London, Dubai and Frankfurt, with respect to commercial arbitrations and mediations as counsel, arbitrator and mediator, affording him a true global perspective.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a graded arbitrator with the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators, Australia, a BarADR approved arbitrator by the NSW Bar Association and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). He is also an accredited mediator under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation Standards and a court-appointed mediator by the Supreme and District Courts of New South Wales.

Greg was recently awarded the Australian Arbitration Barrister of the Year in the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards.

Greg is an experienced mediator with considerable experience including internationally.

Appointments and admissions

  • Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales - 2015
  • Appointed Senior Counsel (and entitled to practise in all Australian jurisdictions) - 2003
  • Admitted to the Bar of New South Wales - 1982

Principal areas of practice

  • Appeals
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial
  • International Commercial & Maritime
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance Law

Professional qualifications

  • Master of Laws (International Business and Economic Law): University of New South Wales - 2008
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration: University of New South Wales - 2007
  • Professional Certificate in Arbitration: University of Adelaide - 2006
  • Diploma of Law: Legal Practitioners Admission Board - University of Sydney - 1982

Professional memberships and appointments

  • Chairman and Head of Chambers - Thirteen Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Sydney
  • Consultant to Hardwicke Chambers - London
  • Fellow - Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • BarADR Approved Arbitrator - New South Wales Bar Association
  • Member - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Graded Arbitrator - Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia
  • Accredited Mediator - Australian National Mediator Accreditation Standards
  • Member - LEADR
  • Court-Appointed Mediator - Supreme and District Courts of New South Wales

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Shareholders Rights - seminar conducted for New South Wales solicitor
  • Practice and Procedure - Interpleader (Thomson Reuters)
  • Expert Evidence - seminar conducted for New South Wales solicitors
  • Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses - seminar conducted for New South Wales solicitors
  • Presenting Persuasive Arguments - Thomson Reuters

Academia

  • Teacher - Australian Bar Association International Faculty to Bangladesh: since 2005
  • Director - New South Wales Bar Practice Course: 1999 to 2001
  • Teacher - Australian Advocacy Institute
  • Teacher - New South Wales Bar Association

Select Cases

 

He has extensive experience appearing in complex hearings and appeals in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and inferior courts. I have also conducted litigation in all States of Australia. Select cases are as follows.

 

  • Bestcare Foods Ltd (subject to a Deed of Company Arrangement) [2013] NSWSC 1673; and 18 December 2014; NSWSC 183
    New South Wales Supreme Court (Equity Division)

    Appeared for the Directors of Bestcare Foods Limited in proceedings against the Administration of the company which clarified:​
    • the circumstances in which a Deed of Company Arrangement can be terminated upon a company in administration returning to solvency; and
       
    • the Administrators remuneration can be reviewed by a Court.

       
  • Hampton & Farley [2013] FamCA 213 (5 April 2013)
    Family Court of Australia

    Concerning the circumstances in which a constructive trust will arise based on a representation of future intention.

     
  • Carbone v Calabria Community Club Pty Ltd [2013] NSWSC 998 (26 July 2013)
    New South Supreme Court (Equity Division)

    Dealt with the obligations of the Directors of a community based corporation to its members and the circumstances in which a Company can be wound up on just and equitable grounds.

     
  • State of New South Wales v Tyszyk [2008] NSWCA 107
    New South Wales Court of Appeal

    Dealt with the liability of police in emergency situations and the liability of the owner of commercial premises to an innocent passerby.

 

  • Chandos Development Pty Limited v Mulkearns & Anor [2008] NSWCA 62
    New South Wales Court of Appeal

    Dealt with the circumstances in which a vendor of commercial property could terminate a contract for sale of land for breach by a purchaser, notwithstanding its own breach.

 

  • Erect Safe Scaffolding (Australia) Pty Limited v Sutton [2008] NSWCA 114
    New South Wales Court of Appeal

    The construction of an indemnity clause in a subcontract between a builder and a scaffolder was considered, in the context of an insurance policy, covering public liability of the builder.

     
  • Coshott v Principal Strategic Options Pty Limited [2004] FCAFC 50
    Full Court of the Australian Federal Court

    Dealt with the principles of damages and causation in relation to a wrongly obtained injunction.

     
  • Nominal Defendant v Gardikiotis (1996) 186 CLR 49
    High Court of Australia

    Clarified in favour of the insurer, the liability to pay damages for fund management for catastrophically injured plaintiffs.

 

  • Andjelic v Marsland [1996] HCA 55
    High Court of Australia

    Clarified in favour of the insurer the obligation to pay damages for funds management to injured plaintiffs.

     
  • Columbia Coffee and Tea Pty Limited & Ors v Churchill & Ors (1993) 9 ACSR 415
    New South Wales Supreme Court

    Major case involving the negligence of the auditor of an international coffee trading company. The case clarified the Australia position on the scope of the duty of care of auditors.