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Legal 500 Australia Bar 2024

Legal 500 ranking have recently been released and New Chambers was very well received with 19 of our members receiving recognition. An outstanding result and fitting of their hard work and dedication our members provide to their cases and clients. New Chambers received high rankings in the areas of Commercial Disputes, Crime and Regulatory and Competition.

Overview for the Legal 500 Australian Bar can be found here.


New Chambers Tier 1 set

Providing a ‘high quality service,‘ New Chambers is a premier commercial law set in Australia, with members handling a variety of disputes for foreign states, large multinationals, domestic companies and leading authorities in a range of practice areas including insolvency and class actions. David McLure SC and Greg O’Mahoney are involved in leading the defense of the owners of the Ruby Princess in class action case Karpik v Carnival Plc & Anor, which involves a class action where thousands of passengers are suing cruise ship owners for breach of duty and consumer laws arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. Emma Beechey practices in domestic and cross-border insolvency, banking and commercial litigation at trial and appellate levels, whereas Chris Peadon has developed a broad tax advisory and disputes practice with extensive experience in foreign investment and transfer pricing. Caspar Conde is noted for his involvement in the Inquiry into the Star Casino, in which he examined four of the six directors of Australia’s second-largest casino concerning, among other issues, alleged failures in money laundering controls.


‘Good chambers for revenue law.’

‘Very strong chambers with a great reputation.’

‘New Chambers are excellent.’  

Leading Silks Band 1

David Bloom KC

Michael Hodge KC –‘Michael is an excellent barrister – very intelligent and also very commercial. He creates a very stress-free environment for those in the team. He is relaxed to work with, and he is very open to hearing the views and input of others in the team. His advocacy style is very effective – and clients are always very happy with him.’

Liam Kelly KC

Gregory Nell SC – ‘Greg is an excellent advocate. His technical skills, intellect, expertise and experience are second-to-none in the field, and well-recognised. He thinks on his feet, and is able to read the audience – be it a judge or a panel – well and to adapt his presentation accordingly.’

Leading Silks Band 2

Kate Eastman AM SC

Luke Livingston SC – ‘Luke is an organised and well-prepared barrister who is able to simply complex legal issues, 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.’

David McLure SC

Arthur Moses SC

Neil Young KC

Leading Silks Band 3

Ben Katekar SC

Leading Juniors Band 1

Emma Beechey –’Great intellect, and very hard working.’

Caspar Conde – ‘Caspar is a pleasure to work with – professional, a team player, hard-working and insightful. Caspar does an excellent job of cross-examining company director witnesses.’

Greg O’Mahoney – ‘Greg has a very strong black letter understanding of the law, balanced with the understanding to be commercial.  Greg is very good with clients and is very strong on his feet in the court room and in mediations.  He is always cross the details of the case and relevant law.’

Chris Peadon –’Very personable, great relationships with all sides including revenue authorities, able to explain complex technical issues to clients succinctly. Very good at explaining commercial risks of approaches to non-tax technical people.  In court has a very confident demeaner and comes across as authoritative on his technical arguments to support his cases.’

Leading Juniors Band 2

Courtney Ensor –’Courtney is extremely thorough and precise, who’s knowledgeable of the law.’

Karen Petch –’Karen is a great strategic thinker, highly responsive and hard-working. She is widely admired for her insolvency work but her practice extends to all areas of commercial law. She is often the first choice as a commercial junior in large cases.’

Philip Santucci – ‘Philip is very intelligent, responsive and easy to work with. Clients have been happy with Philip’s performance in mediation.’

Leading Juniors Band 3

Catherine Gleeson SC* –’Catherine is very strong.’

Keni Josifoski –’Keni is very intelligent, and a very hard worker. Excellent barrister.’


New Chambers Tier 1 set

New Chambers ‘takes the lead in handling high-profile investigations,‘ with its members frequently briefed to appear for and against leading regulatory and investigative authorities in Australia, including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Police, as well as acting as investigators. Notable cases include Adam Bell SC, commissioned by the NSW Government, delivering his report of his inquiry in the Star Casino, alongside Kate Eastman SC continuing to act as the lead counsel assisting the Disability Royal Commission. Greg O’Mahoney has appeared both led and unled in proceedings across Australia dealing with market abuse, market manipulation and insider trading.


‘The service at all levels is fantastic. Angela Noakes, who competently manages the chambers, deserves high praise. The clerks’ room is adept at handling any request, no matter how urgent or critical. There is a strong sense of camaraderie and rapport among the barristers, clerks, research assistants and service staff.’

‘Angela Noakes, clerk and practice manager of chambers is always a pleasure to deal with and very helpful in advising on availability of counsel.’

‘New Chambers takes the lead in handling high-profile investigations. The collegial environment fosters a culture of celebrating and supporting each other’s successes.’

Leading Silks Band 1

Arthur Moses SC

Leading Juniors Band 1

Greg O’Mahoney – ‘Greg is very responsive, a pleasure to work with and a patient listener.  He is a robust advocate in court and provides expert advice on courtroom strategy.  On his feet, Greg has an strong ability to establish rapport with the bench in any courtroom and is highly attuned to their reactions as proceedings unfold. He is unflappable in responding to issues on the fly.’


Leading Silks Tier 1

Michael Hodge KC – ‘He is bright, and gets across material and issues quickly. He is a very experienced and agile advocate.  He reads the court room well. He is an extremely effective cross-examiner who knows how to destroy an expert witness. Michael has established himself as one of the leading silks in competition law in the country.’ 

Neil Young KC

New Chambers

New Chambers combines an experienced team of senior and junior counsel to lead on competition cases for a range of clients including foreign states, large multinationals, major domestic companies and leading regulatory authorities. Neil Young KC and Michael Hodge KC are standout counsel at silk level, while Shipra Chordia is a leading junior.


‘Excellent and timely service.’

David McLure SC, Michael Hodge KC, Catherine Gleeson SC*, and Emma Beechey are all outstanding in their areas.’

(*has since taken Silk)

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