John Birrell

John was admitted as a solicitor in 2013 and called to the Bar in 2023. He accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Before coming to the Bar, John was a Senior Associate in the litigation team at Arnold Bloch Leibler. He acted for companies and individuals on a wide range of commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and enforcement action, white collar criminal matters, and public inquiries.

Prior to joining ABL in 2020, John was a senior solicitor at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and the Office of the Solicitor Assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and a solicitor in the litigation team at MinterEllison. 

John holds a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School, and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.

Monica Aguinaldo

Monica accepts briefs in all areas of law, specialising in commercial, regulatory and public law.

Before coming to the Bar, Monica was a Senior Associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.  She acted in matters involving commercial and corporations law, equity, consumer law and class actions.  Prior to that, Monica was an Associate to the Hon Justice Gageler AC at the High Court of Australia and the Hon Justice Jacobson at the Federal Court of Australia.

Monica holds a Master of Laws from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Monica is honoured to be the recipient of the 2022 Katrina Dawson Award.

Alice Zheng

Alice has a broad practice in commercial litigation, including in contract, corporations law, equity, insolvency, and consumer law, as well as a regulatory and administrative law practice.  She acts regularly for both corporate and government clients.  She appears both led and unled in the NSW Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia, as well as other courts and tribunals.

Alice was admitted to practice in 2011 and called to the Bar in 2018.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Alice was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation group at Clayton Utz.  Alice was also tipstaff to her Honour Justice J K Ward of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Alice has a BEcSocSci (Hon 1) and LLB (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney and an LLM (Class 1) from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the Gareth Jones Prize for Restitution.

Antony Whitlam

Tony was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1967 and took Silk in 1986. He was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1993 to 2005. Since returning to the Bar, Tony has advised in a wide variety of matters and he regularly appears in Court with Junior Counsel.

Julia Roy

Practice Areas

Julia practices primarily in commercial, competition and criminal law. She appears frequently in the High Court of Australia, the Courts of Appeal and Criminal Appeal in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and the ACT, the Full Court of the Federal Court and in lower Federal and State courts and inquiries across Australia.

Recent matters

Recent matters in which Julia has been briefed include:

Julia also regularly advises in relation to regulatory (ACCC, ASIC, OAIC, etc), liquidator, and criminal investigations and proceedings for Big Tech, Big Four banks, Big Four accounting firms and other listed entities and executives, initial public offerings, compulsory examinations and witness preparation, and appeal merit.

Current Listings

Professional History

Prior to commencing practice, Julia was Research Director to the Hon Chief Justice Bathurst AC and Tipstaff to the Hon Justice Hodgson AO of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She has lectured in law and business at the University of New South Wales where she graduated with first class Honours in 2009. Prior to her legal career, Julia she worked in international humanitarian advocacy with a focus on genocide prevention. Julia is co-author of Uniform Evidence Law in Australia (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2020 3rd ed). She was admitted to practice in 2011 and called to the Bar in 2013.

Claire Palmer

Claire has a diverse practice in public, regulatory, commercial, and human rights law. She has significant experience in the coronial jurisdiction and is currently briefed as Counsel Assisting in the Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes. In 2022, Claire lectured in Advanced Statutory Interpretation at the University of the New South Wales.

Before she was called to the bar, Claire worked at Allens-Linklaters (Sydney) and Shearman & Sterling (London). She has acted as Associate to his Honour Justice Brian Tamberlin in the Federal Court of Australia and the Honourable Chief Justice Peter Shivute in the Supreme Court of Namibia.

Claire has a doctorate from the University of Oxford, which she attended on a Clarendon Scholarship. Her research focused on the accountability of transnational corporations for serious human rights violations. Claire also has a BCom (Hons I) and LLB (Hons I) from the University of Sydney, where she was awarded the Henry S. Albinski Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Australian Foreign and Defence Policy.

In 2017, Claire was the inaugural recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award, which aims to encourage young women to practise at the Bar. She was a member of the NSW Bar Council from 2020 to 2023 and presently sits on one of the NSW Bar Association’s six professional conduct committees

Annabel Osborn Brodie

Annabel was admitted to practice in 2017 and called to the bar in 2022. She accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Before coming to the bar, Annabel practiced at a boutique Sydney firm in commercial litigation including in the areas of equity, banking and finance, real property and corporations law as well as regulatory investigations and wills and estates.

Annabel holds degrees in Law (LLB) and Arts (English) from the University of Sydney.

Brent Michael

Brent was admitted to practice in 2009 and called to the bar in 2015.  He practises primarily in commercial disputes, including matters involving contracts, misleading and unconscionable conduct, restitution, equity and trusts, corporations, partnerships, and negligence.  He also accepts briefs in other areas, including torts, inquiries, and public law.

Among other clients, Brent has acted for property developers, mining companies, defence contractors, financial services providers, telecommunications companies, manufacturers, software developers, trustees and responsible entities, investors, retail and wholesale businesses, lessors, builders, education providers, statutory bodies, employers and employees, directors, solicitors, associations, and professional bodies.

Previously, Brent practised as a solicitor in dispute resolution at King & Wood Mallesons and was a judge’s associate in the NSW Court of Appeal.  He has also taught civil procedure, evidence, torts, and advocacy at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.  He is the author of a number of articles, several of which have been cited by Australian courts.  He holds degrees from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, and Columbia Law School.

Patrick Meagher

Patrick is an experienced junior counsel with a broad commercial practice.  He appears both led and unled, in trials and appeals.  He is regularly briefed in large and complex disputes, and is particularly sought after for his expertise in class actions (appearing for plaintiffs and defendants).  He often appears in significant matters involving consumer law, corporations law, banking and financial services, insolvency, insurance, and commercial arbitration.

Before coming to the Bar in 2014, Patrick was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, where he practised as a litigator from 2008 to 2013. Patrick holds an LLM from New York University, where he was awarded for his work in competition law.  He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. 

David Hume

David is an experienced junior, specialising in all aspects of commercial and public law. He appears led and unled in appeals and trials, particularly in courts and tribunals in NSW, but also throughout Australia and in arbitrations. He has appeared in more than 30 High Court matters, and many intermediate appellate court matters.

David commenced practice at the Bar in 2013. Prior to commencing at the Bar, David worked at Freehills and Australian Government Solicitor, and as an Associate to Chief Justice Gleeson. David has co-authored two books on Australian constitutional law, People Power: The History and Future of the Referendum and Human Rights under the Australian Constitution, as well as publishing journal articles in a number of fields.