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Luke Livingston SC

Bachelor of Laws Degree (First Class Honours) - The University of Melbourne (2001)
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) (History) - University of Melbourne (2001)


Admitted to the Bar 2009

Appointed Senior Counsel 2021


Luke Livingston SC appears in trials and appeals throughout Australia in all areas of equity, commercial, corporations, taxation, constitutional and public law. Luke conducts a substantial appellate practice and is frequently briefed on appeal in matters in which he did not appear at trial.

With 23 years’ experience in litigation, Luke is a trusted source of advice and representation. He is experienced in leading teams of lawyers to deliver successful outcomes for clients in all sectors of the economy. He regularly appears both for and against regulators and government agencies.

Prior to coming to the Bar in 2009, Luke was a senior associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), where he practised as a commercial litigation solicitor in Sydney for six years, focusing on property, banking, contract and corporate disputes and equity and trust matters.

Luke was privileged to commence his legal career as Associate to the Hon Justice Gummow, AC, in the High Court of Australia, in 2002.

In 2008, Luke was awarded the Con Varnavas Award for the highest aggregate score in the New South Wales Bar Examinations.

In 2018, Luke successfully completed the Australian Bar Association Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive (a 5-day residential course specialising in advanced trial advocacy).

Luke is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded First Class Honours in both Law and Arts (History); was placed 3rd in the Law Honours List, from a graduating class of approximately 300; and was Editor of the Melbourne University Law Review.

Luke’s professional recognitions have included “Leading Tax Barristers – New South Wales – Senior Counsel” (Doyles Guide) and listings in both Corporate Law and Litigation (Best Lawyers 2023 and 2024).

The 2022 edition of The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific, in which Luke is ranked as Tier 1 for Commercial Disputes at the Australian Bar, says: “Luke offers excellent knowledge of the law, the ability to analyse problems and distil issues effectively, clear and concise written submissions, and most importantly excellent advocacy skills in both cross-examination and oral submissions (he commands the respect of the Court at both trials and in the Court of Appeal).”  The 2023 edition adds: “Luke’s professionalism sets him apart from his colleagues at the Bar: he is always prepared, meets deadlines, and is able to manage the needs of a variety of stakeholders.

The current edition of The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific, in which Luke is recognised in “Leading Silks – Band Two” for Commercial Disputes at the Australian Bar, says: “Luke is an organised and well-prepared barrister who is able to simplify complex legal issues and to present his client’s case in a thoughtful and clear manner: he avoids court room theatrics which detract from the real issues in dispute. He is confident and articulate. When briefing him, lay clients and instructing solicitors know they are in safe hands.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Administrative Law
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Banking and Financial Services
    • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
    • Class Actions
    • Communications
    • Competition and Consumer
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Contracts
    • Corporations and Securities
    • Partnership disputes
    • Professional liability
    • Real property
    • Restraint of trade
    • Shareholder class actions
    • Trade Practices
  • Common Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Class Actions
    • Professional indemnity
    • Professional liability
  • Criminal See all +Close -
    • Proceeds of crime
    • White collar and corporate crime
  • Equity See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Property
    • Trusts
  • Inquests and Inquiries See all +Close -
    • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Public and Administrative Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Constitutional Law
    • Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Health Law
    • Judicial review and administrative law
    • Merits review
    • Proceeds of crime
    • Public law
  • Taxation and Revenue See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Capital gains tax
    • Goods and services tax
    • Income tax


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