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Nicholas practises in all areas of commercial law, public law, and wills and estates. He also welcomes briefs in defamation matters.
Before coming to the Bar, Nicholas practised in public and constitutional law at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, where he advised the Victorian Government and acted in proceedings in the High Court of Australia. Prior to that, Nicholas was a commercial litigator at King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne and in London. He worked on a range of complex commercial disputes and regulatory matters in the Supreme and Federal Courts, including proceedings involving the ACCC.
Nicholas is a former associate to the Hon Justice McMillan of the Supreme Court of Victoria, where he assisted Her Honour in her role as Judge in Charge of the Trusts, Equity and Probate List.
Jacqui practises primarily in commercial law.
Immediately before coming to the Bar, Jacqui was a senior lawyer in the Civil Regulation team at the Australian Government Solicitor in Melbourne, and before that an Associate to the Honourable Justice Gordon AC of the High Court of Australia and a solicitor in the litigation group at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
Jacqui has developed a broad commercial practice. While at AGS, Jacqui was one of the solicitors assisting the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, and advised regulatory clients on high-profile regulatory investigations and litigation concerning financial services laws, competition law (such as mergers and misuse of market power) and consumer protection. Jacqui also regularly advised on discrete issues including legal professional privilege and regulatory powers. While at ABL, Jacqui represented clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes, gaining particular experience in shareholder class actions, professional negligence claims (in the context of superannuation, tax and accounting practice) and contractual disputes.
Sophie practises in public and commercial law. Her experience includes providing advice and conducting litigation relating to administrative law, coercive inquiries, and general commercial disputes.
Before coming to the Bar, Sophie was a senior lawyer at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission of Victoria. Prior to that, she worked in commercial litigation at Gilbert + Tobin and was an associate to the Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Sophie has a Master of Laws from Columbia University, where she focused on constitutional and administrative law, and a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Julia practises in commercial and public law. She has particular experience in contractual disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct, professional negligence, competition and consumer law, construction and insolvency.
Before coming to the Bar, Julia was an Associate to the Honourable Justice Elliott of the Supreme Court of Victoria and a solicitor in the commercial litigation team at King & Wood Mallesons.
Julia graduated from the University of Melbourne with the Supreme Court Prize, the EJB Nunn Scholarship, the Joan Rosanove QC Memorial Prize, the Arnold Bloch Leibler Melbourne JD Award and the Howells’ List subject prize for Evidence and Proof. She also holds a Bachelor of Business with first class honours from the University of New South Wales.
Previously, Julia served as an Intelligence Officer in the Australian Regular Army, completing two operational deployments to Afghanistan. She continues to serve as a member of the Army Reserve and holds an Australian Government Negative Vetting (NV1) security clearance.
Nick practises primarily in commercial and public law.
Before coming to the Bar, he served as an Associate (Judicial Assistant) to the Rt Hon Lord Dyson in appeals before the UK Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
He also worked for over five years in commercial disputes, including at Minter Ellison in Melbourne and Herbert Smith Freehills in London.
Nick’s public law experience includes practise as a solicitor in the civil law team of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, where he acted for clients from Darwin and remote Indigenous communities. Nick also worked at the UK Government Legal Department, where he focused on judicial review applications and human rights claims.
Nick holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge, where he attended as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. His thesis focused on Australian constitutional law and was examined by the Hon Robert French AC. He was also awarded a Master of Laws from the LSE, where he won the prize for top student in public international law across the six law schools comprising the University of London, and holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Shawn practises primarily in public law as well as commercial law.
Before coming to the Bar, Shawn was Counsel Assisting the then Solicitor-General for Victoria and now Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Kristen Walker QC. He was also an Associate to the Honourable Justice Keane AC of the High Court of Australia and to the Honourable Justice McLeish of the Victorian Court of Appeal, and worked in the litigation team at Minter Ellison.
Shawn has published several articles and book chapters in public law. His writing has been widely cited, including in argument before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also taught at Melbourne Law School and Monash University Faculty of Law.
Shawn holds a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law School and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
Ahmed practises in commercial law, corporate law and public law.
Before joining the Bar, Ahmed practised in commercial litigation at Arnold Bloch Leibler in Melbourne and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. He gained experience in disputes and regulatory investigations across different industries, with a focus on insolvency and restructuring, corporations law, contractual and property disputes and insurance law. He has worked as an associate to the Hon Joseph Santamaria at the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria and worked as a legal researcher at the Supreme Court.
Ahmed holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees with first class honours from Monash University. He earned a Master of Laws at the University of Chicago Law School, where he focused on constitutional law, bankruptcy and legal theory. He has published articles in the Australian Law Journal, the Australian Bar Review and the Insolvency Law Journal in the areas of equity and trusts, evidence and insolvency.