Young's List Chambers and Partners Ranking 2017
Young's List is delighted to congratulate Garry Bigmore QC, Charles Scerri QC, Angus Stewart SC, Robert Heath SC, Matthew Harvey and Daniel Aghion who have been acknowledged as leaders in their field and recognised as notable practitioners in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2017.
Garry Bigmore QC: Offers extensive expertise in bankruptcy, insolvency and professional negligence and liability issues, is an accomplished handler of class action proceedings and is also known for his familiarity with the agribusiness sector.
Charles Scerri QC: Is an "excellent barrister" and "class action expert" whose enviably wide-ranging practice embraces expertise in a variety of sectors, including the consumer law, insolvency and life sciences spheres. He acted for the Ford Motor Company of Australia in class action proceedings alleging that the company had knowingly imported and sold or distributed vehicles with defective automatic transmissions.
Angus Stewart SC: Is one of the most respected and eminent shipping barristers in Australia. He is highly praised by sources as a knowledgeable and persuasive advocate, with one interviewee commenting: "He's a very experienced admiralty lawyer in the international context. A very strong advocate with solid knowledge." He has particular experience with cross-border matters.
Robert Heath SC: Is an "outstanding senior junior commercial barrister" (Rob took silk on 23 November 2017) with "a strong focus on evidence and case preparation" whom one referee identifies as "a first pick across a broad range of matters," sources further indicating that he is especially well regarded for his handling of anti-bribery and corruption and insurance issues. He acted unled for the respondent in Mimotopes Pty Ltd v Monash University, a leasing dispute which pitted him against both a silk and a fellow junior.
Matthew Harvey: Is "recognised as an experienced counsel in maritime litigation. He is also recognised for his commitment to the maritime sector, having been the president of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand." A commercial and accessible practitioner in maritime law, he is described by another source as "knowledgeable and easy to deal with."
Daniel Aghion: Is a highly experienced junior who often acts as lead counsel in cases covering disputes in such areas as insurance, professional negligence and real estate, lately acting for the vendor in a Victorian Supreme Court case concerning the sale of a AUD12 million parcel of land in Melbourne's Docklands area. A referee describes him as "focused, confident, prompt - and champing at the bit to get on with it."
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