Barristers

Sir Anthony Mason Chambers’ barristers practice at all levels of seniority in a broad range of areas. More information about our areas of practice is available here.

Each barrister is a sole practitioner, conducting individual practice as a specialist advocate and provider of advice and other legal services. Floor members appear in all Australian Courts and Tribunals.

BARRISTERS
  • Maurice Neil QC
  • Scot Wheelhouse SC
  • Evangeline Arulrajah
  • Philip Bates
  • Emma Bartley
  • Philip Beale
  • Dino Bertini
  • James Doyon
  • Elpi Chrysostomou
  • David Elliott
  • Will Evatt
  • Ken Fleming QC
  • Adrian Canceri
  • Scott Roulstone
  • Craig Stewart
  • Leo Tyndall
  • Matthew Vesper
  • Thomas Woods
  • John Young

Maurice Neil QC

Maurice Neil commenced practice at the NSW Bar in 1971 and was commissioned as Queens Counsel in 1985.

Areas of Practice:

  • Appellatte
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Defamation
  • Dust Diseases
  • Land and Environment
  • Property Litigation
  • Mediations

Scot Wheelhouse SC

Mr. Scot Wheelhouse SC was admitted to the bar in 1982 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. Mr. Wheelhouse is an Accredited National Mediator – NMAS – LEADR (Accredited with NSW Bar Association, NSW District Court and Family Law Settlement Service Panel).

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Family Law
  • Professional Negligence
  • Media Law
  • Mediations

Evangeline Arulrajah

Evangeline has worked as a Solicitor since 2006, initially as in-house counsel for a financial services company, thereafter she worked for top tier law firms and the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office in a number of practice areas.

Areas of Practice:

  • Building and Construction
  • Criminal Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Equity
  • Immigration Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Inquiries
  • Government

Philip Bates

Philip Bates is an experienced, full-time barrister specialising in civil appeals. Philip practises at the trial level in all areas of common law, equity and succession, and specialises in personal injury, small business disputes and property claims, family provisions claims and medical liability.

Areas of Practice:

  • Common Law
  • Probate
  • Equity
  • Medical Negligence
  • Civil Appeals
  • Judicial & Administrative Review

Emma Bartley

Admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2019
Called to the Bar in 2020

Emma graduated with the University Medal from Western Sydney University with combined Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice).

After spending a year working for the Hon Justice Stevenson at the Supreme Court of NSW, Emma was called to the Bar.

Emma is particularly interested in criminal law, personal injuries, probate and adoptions. Right now, Emma is not seeking to specialise in any particular area of law and looks forward to where her career will take her.

Emma is also a Sessional Academic at her alma mater, Western Sydney University, a role in which she gets to pursue other passions—teaching and mentoring.

Outside her professional life, Emma is learning to speak Português, listens to podcasts, and paints socially at a pub with a Guinness in hand. She can also solve a rubik’s cube in under 3 minutes.

Philip Beale

Philip Beale was admitted as a lawyer in 1981 and came to the New South Wales Bar in 1982. He has also practiced in Brisbane since his admission in 1992.

Areas of Practice:

  • Common Law
  • Medical Negligence

Dino Bertini

James Doyon

 

 

Areas of Practice:

  • Administrative Law
  • Common Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Medical Negligence

Elpi Chrysostomou

Elpi was called to the Bar in 1999.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Equity

David Elliott

Areas of Practice:

  • Common Law
  • Commercial Law

Will Evatt

Will Evatt comes from a personal injury background on both the Plaintiff and Insurer side, and has experience in motor vehicle accident claims and defamation.

Ken Fleming QC

Areas of Practice:

  • Common Law
  • Criminal Law

Adrian Canceri

Date of Admission: 2001

Curriculum Vitae

Scott Roulstone

Scott Roulstone has practised in Litigation Law for in excess of 30 years.
He predominantly practises in Common Law and has extensive experience in Personal Injury Litigation.

Areas of Practice:

  • Common Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Craig Stewart

Craig was called to the Bar in 1979. He is a long time advocate practicing extensively in common law and also in commercial/equity law.

Areas of Practice:

  • Medical Negligence
  • Commercial Law

Leo Tyndall

Admitted in 1998, Leo began his legal career as an associate in Baker McKenzie Aoki in Japan, focusing on capital markets law. For the following six years, he worked for various financial institutions as in-house counsel, including Dresdner Klienwort Benson, Dresdner Bank, and Rams Home Loans.

Areas of Practice:

  • Banking and Securities Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Retail Lease Law

Matthew Vesper

Matthew Vesper was called to the bar in 1996 and has practiced since primarily in the areas of insurance, personal injury, commercial and administrative law. He frequently appears in the District Court and Supreme Court and has appeared in the High Court.

Matthew has appeared in numerous complex and lengthy inquiries, mostly as counsel assisting. These inquiries have involved the exercise of compulsory questioning powers, advising on the manner of form of procedural fairness and drafting lengthy reports.

His common law practice includes acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes and liability claims, including cases involving victims of institutional abuse, medical negligence matters, Dust Diseases matters, and disability claims under policies of insurance.

Matthew has served on the Professional Conduct Committee of the NSW Bar Association. He is also the Deputy Head of the NSW Naval Legal Reserve Panel.

Areas of Practice:

  • Military Law
  • Common Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Insurance Law

Thomas Woods

John Young

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Law

He is a specialist advocate who has appeared in numerous cases in common law, equity, defamation, land and environment, personal injury, Commissions of Inquiry, mediations and in various appellate matters.

He has appeared in Australian Courts and Tribunals and also in Singapore and the Privy Council in England.

He also acts as Mediator and is a Bar Association accredited ADR Arbitrator. He is also a Dust Disease Contributions Assessor.

He is a former Supreme Court Arbitrator and former member of the Federal Parliament.

 

Recent cases:

Chand v CBA s.145/2015 (HC) 1.12.15, [2015] NSWCA 181 (contract, damages)

Naaman v Sleiman [2015] NSWCA259(contract, corporations)

State of NSW v Beck, Commissioner of Police v Beck [2013] NSWCA 430 (Malicious prosecution – administrative law)

Mosman Municipal Council v Spice [2015] NSWLEC (prosecution – vicarious liability)

NSW (NSWPolice) ats Lowe SC 7.3.16 (negligence, psychiatric injury)

ICAC Inquiries into political donations, Ryde Council, Burwood Council, Orange Grove and Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses.

Contact details:

Clerk: John McNamara

Phone: (02) 9373 7447

Email: clerk@siranthonymason.com.au 

Mr. Wheelhouse has significant experience in the following areas of law: Commercial, Family Law, Media Law, Equity, Administrative, Appeals in all jurisdictions, Building and Construction, Strata Titles, Insurance, Land and Environment Law, Trade Practices and Competition, Transportation Law (Aviation/Maritime), Civil Liability and Common Law, and Royal Commissions and Statutory Tribunals.

Mr. Wheelhouse regularly appears in Sydney Law Courts in the NSW Supreme Court, Family Law Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, District Court and Mediations.

Mr. Wheelhouse is a member of the NSW Bar Association, Queensland Bar Association and Law Council of Australia and Family Law Section.

Other interests and memberships include: ANU Alumni, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay, Kuring-Gai Motor Yacht Club and Tattersalls Club Sydney.

Contact Mr. Wheelhouse:
Phone: (02) 9373 7447
After hours phone: (02) 9373 7467
Email: wheelhouse@siranthonymason.com.au
Website: www.scotwheelhouse.com.au
Secretary: Rose Doyle – rdoyle@siranthonymason.com.au

She has experience in construction and infrastructure, general commercial, government procurement and tender reviews, freedom of information, privacy, insurance and alternate dispute resolution. Prior to coming to the New South Wales Bar she worked as a Senior Lawyer for Thiess, specialising in building and construction and alternate dispute resolution.

Evangeline is accredited as a Mediator by LEADR and in 2015 was appointed to the Legal Aid (General Criminal ) Panel and the Crown Solicitors Panel.

She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2000 having completed a Bachelor of Social Work and completed her law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2004.

Contact Evangeline:

Phone: (02) 9373 7404

Email: evangeline@siranthonymason.com.au

Cases in which Philip appeared as lead advocate, on previously untested legal issues, include Wallace v Kam (2013) 250 CLR 375 (duty to inform for surgical treatment, and causation), State of NSW v Kable (2013) 87 ALJR 737 (false imprisonment and constitutional law), Phillips v James (2014) 85 NSWLR 619 (CA) (family provision and notional property), Waller v James (2006) 226 CLR 136 (wrongful life), Eatts v Gundy [2014] QCA 309 (special leave application is pending in the High Court of Australia) (Aboriginal family provision claims).

Philip is foundation and consultant editor to CCH Australia’s two loose-leaf medical and health law services: Australian Professional Liability: Medical and Australian Heath and Medical Law Reporter.

Earlier in his career, Philip was a full-time legal academic at UNSW, and retains an Honorary Conjoint Professorship (previously Adjunct and Visiting Professorships) at the University of Newcastle since 1996 to date and continuing.

Philip is a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and an Honorary Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He is also accredited by the NSW Bar Association for all forms of alternative dispute resolution: mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

Contact Philip:

After hours phone: (02) 9373 7433

Email: bates@siranthonymason.com.au

Contact Emma:

Phone: (02) 9373 7447

Email: ebartley@siranthonymason.com.au

At present, Philip predominately practices in areas of common law, with a heavy emphasis on medical negligence, but he also practices in the equity courts.

Philip continues to enjoy first instance case, though practices in the appellate jurisdictions extensively. He has a keen interest in women’s and children’s rights and, in particular, children’s education.

Contact Philip:

Phone: (02) 9373 7447

Email: beale1@siranthonymason.com.au

Contact Dino:

After hours phone: (02) 9373 7478

Email: dbertini@siranthonymason.com.au

Contact James:

Phone: (02) 9373 7407

Email: jdoyon@siranthonymason.com.au

He has broad experience in a number of practise areas, with a predominant focus on common law, commercial and equity. He regularly appears in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, both at first instance and on appeal in the Court of Appeal and has appeared in the High Court of Australia. He also appears in the Federal Court of Australia and in the District and Local Court of New South Wales and the various tribunals.

He is briefed regularly to act on behalf of entities such as the State of NSW (in its various instrumentalities), insurers and corporations through to small-medium size businesses, sole traders and individuals.

He also provides pro bono assistance and advised in civil matters for the NT indigenous community on instructions from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

He is a member of the NSW Bar Association.

Contact Elpi:

Phone: (02) 9373 7411

Email: elpi@siranthonymason.com.au

Contact David:

Phone: (02) 9373 7439

Email: david.elliott@siranthonymason.com.au

Contact Adrian:

Phone: (02) 9373 7447

Email: acanceri@siranthonymason.com.au

Scott was a member of numerous Law Society Committees and Junior Vice President of the NSW Law Society during 2007.
Throughout his career, Scott has provided Pro Bono legal services to Redfern Legal Centre and Inner City Legal Centre.

Contact Scott:

After hours phone: (02) 9373 7410

Email: scott@scottroulstone.com.au

Craig has a wide practice covering medical and other professional negligence actions, occupiers liability, motor vehicle injuries, personal injury law generally, insurance law, wills, probate, family provision and bankruptcy. He regularly appears in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, both at first instance (and also on appeal), the NSW District Court and other relevant jurisdictions.

Contact Craig:

Phone: (02) 9373 7447

Email: creeds72@bigpond.com

In 2003, Leo joined National Australia Bank as director responsible for securitisation transactions and for the next 8 years worked in the capital markets, finally as Head of Capital Markets for a European Investment Bank. He has been involved in various IPO and debts issues as structurer, originator, distributor and legal advisor in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

In 2006, he was admitted as a reader and subsequently as a Barrister in ACT. He has completed approximately 80 trials mainly in civil arena, and a number of criminal matters including a jury trial.

He specialises in banking, finance and securities law. Although he also has significant experience in the commercial leasing arena including a court of appeal appearance. Now and then he has also appeared in the courts on family and workcover law disputes.

He is an accredited family law dispute resolution mediator as well as an accredited District Court and Supreme Court media

Regularly appearing in all courts, specialising in Banking, Equity, Trusts and Securities Law.

Contact Leo:

Phone: (02) 9373 7408

Email: leotyndall@siranthonymason.com.au

In 1999, Matthew was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy Reserve as a Legal Officer and is regularly retained by the ADF to conduct quasi-judicial inquiries and appear in Courts Martial.

Contact Matthew:

Phone: (02) 9373 7414

Email: mvesper@siranthonymason.com.au

Thomas Woods practises in criminal law and related areas. He appears in courts and tribunals at every level of the criminal justice system. He also accepts instructions in civil matters, including matters of professional discipline.

Thomas has recently appeared in and argued a number of successful criminal appeals, including:

  • Safarjalani v R [2020] NSWCCA 337, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the appellant’s conviction for murder and entered a verdict of acquittal;
  • Wiggins v R [2020] NSWCCA 256, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the appellant’s conviction for murder and ordered a new trial; and
  • Merhi v R [2019] NSWCCA 322, in which the Court of Criminal Appeal reduced the appellant’s sentence for bribery and tobacco importation offences.

Thomas has appeared with senior counsel in a number of other major appeals, including:

Thomas also maintains a busy trial practice. He appears regularly on applications for bail, in trials by jury or judge alone and on sentence.

For information regarding Thomas’ fees and availability, please contact his clerk, John McNamara by telephone on (02) 9373 7447 or by email at john.mcnamara@siranthonymason.com.au

Contact John: 

Phone: (02) 9373 7445

Email: jryoung@siranthonymason.com.au

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