List A Barristers is Australia’s leading list of commercial and public law barristers. Our barristers share a commitment to the values of independence, professional excellence, responsiveness, commerciality and intellectual rigour.

Formed in 1990 by several leading commercial barristers, List A has amongst its members the most distinguished leaders of the commercial and public law Bar.

To engage Counsel or discuss availability please contact Darren Milo, Executive Director on +61 3 9225 8444 or Caroline Kaskani, Deputy Clerk on +61 3 9225 8380.





Corporate Counsel and International Law Firms

List A barristers can be briefed directly by in-house counsel and by international law firms without restriction and without the need for an interposing solicitor. When in-house counsel require urgent strategic and tactical advice, briefing members of List A directly provides immediate access to Australia’s most highly-regarded barristers.

Direct Access

In certain circumstances our barristers will accept instructions from the broader community, subject to the provisions of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015, which determine when and how this can occur.

All enquiries about briefing members of List A directly should be made to List A’s clerks on +61 3 9225 8444 or


Members of List A are available to appear in all Australian and international courts, tribunals, arbitrations, Royal Commissions, parliamentary inquiries and settlement negotiations, and can also provide procedural and evidentiary advice, pleadings, witness statements and written submissions.


Our members are available to provide opinions and advices on complex issues of law in a litigious or transactional context, and advice and assistance in drafting, negotiation, interpretation and enforceability of complex commercial agreements.


Our members are experienced in Australian and international disputes : many have extensive experience as arbitrators, mediators and as counsel acting in those matters.


Our members are experienced in all facets of dispute resolution, including the use of novel methods of achieving cost-effective settlements.


List A was Australia’s first barrister-owned clerking business. It was formed in 1990 as a specialist commercial and public law group of barristers and is now renowned nationally and internationally for the skills and expertise of its members. Many of its members have subsequently been appointed to judicial and other prominent public offices.

The List is managed by committed and highly professional staff who report to a Committee of 7 elected List members, who also serve as directors of the company which manages the clerking business and employs its staff.

The Committee members are:

Mark Costello KC


Frances Gordon KC

Deputy Chair

Tim Goodwin

Geoff Kozminsky

Stephanie Hooper


Alexandra Guild

Alexander Di Stefano

The List A Committee has the following aims for the operation of the clerking business:

– to be the first clerk instructors call, especially Melbourne-based solicitors and instructors, but also interstate solicitors looking for top commercial barristers;

– to provide an efficient, cost-effective & courteous service to members of the List;

– to provide and be known throughout the legal profession for providing prompt, responsive, courteous & knowledgeable assistance to instructors;

– to enhance & improve the services provided to members;

– to enhance & build upon the reputation of members of the List for the benefit of the List membership as a whole;

– to attract applicants of the highest calibre to apply to join the List; and

– to engage staff in the List office capable of achieving these aims.


The legal profession’s high regard for members of List A is reflected in the appointments of many former members to judicial office.


High Court of Australia
The Honourable Justices:-
– Simon Steward

Federal Court of Australia
The Honourable Justices:-
– Mordecai Bromberg
– David O’Callaghan
– Michael O’Bryan
– Helen Rofe
– Catherine Button
– Penny Neskovcin

Supreme Court of Victoria
The Honourable Justices:
– Robert Osborn (Reserve Judge)
– Karin Emerton
– Michael Sifris
– John Dixon
– Cameron Macaulay
– James Elliott
– Matthew Connock
– Lisa Nichols
– Jim Delany
– Katie Stynes
– Clyde Croft (Reserve Judge)
– Claire Harris

The Honourable Associate Justices:-
– Mark Derham
– Nemeer Mukhtar

County Court of Victoria

The Honourable Judge:
– Ted Woodward
– Judicial Registrar David Bennett

To engage Counsel or discuss availability of barristers, please contact

One of our Clerks on +61 3 9225 8444.

Our Clerks detailed knowledge of the expertise and experience of List A’s barristers will assist you to brief appropriate counsel for your matters.