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5 June 2017

List A congratulates our barristers included in Doyles Leading Intellectual Property Barristers in Victoria 2017

List A congratulates the 5 members (3 senior counsel and 2 junior counsel) named by Doyle’s Guide as Victoria’s leading intellectual property barristers in 2017.

They include Bruce Caine QC, Ross Macaw QC, Helen Rofe QC, Kate Beattie and Warwick Rothnie, with Bruce Caine QC listed as preeminent (Doyle’s highest ranking).

Doyles Guide is compiled on the basis of surveys and interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.  The inclusion of these five members of List A reflects the depth of expertise of the members of Australia’s leading list of commercial barristers.


5 May 2017

LIST A WELCOMES NEW READERS – Fiona Hudgson, Andrew McRobert and Alice Muhlebach


Fiona practises in commercial, environmental and government law.  She has extensive experience in corporate governance disputes and investigations (including anti-bribery and corruption), energy and resources disputes and consumer claims.  Her environment practice includes contaminated land claims, water management and environmental indemnities.  She has advised governments on civil claims, regulatory processes, administrative law and FOI and has been recognised for her expertise in Best Lawyers Australia 2014-2016, Chambers 2016 and Global Investigations Review 2016.

Fiona’s experience includes 10 years as a partner at Ashurst, and prior to that 10 years’ practice in the UK.

Fiona is reading with Stewart Maiden and her senior mentor is Wendy Harris QC.

Fiona is now available to accept briefs.  Enquiries regarding availability and fees can be made by contacting List A Barristers on 9225 8444. Click here to view Fiona's full profile.



Andrew has 12 years' experience as a solicitor practising in intellectual property, information technology and commercial law.

Recently, Andrew was Special Counsel with NRF, where he conducted patent infringement matters (e.g. Gilead, regarding its hepatitis C drug “Harvoni”), parallel importation strategies (e.g. Lonsdale), and significant commercial disputes such as the Sunland (Dubai Waterfront) litigation, in which he acted for Matthew Joyce.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science and Master of Laws (Intellectual Property) from Murdoch University, and a Master of Laws from Cornell University Law School, where he was awarded two academic prizes.

Andrew is reading with Peter Wallis and his senior mentor is Bruce Caine QC.

Andrew is now available to accept briefs.  Enquiries regarding availability and fees can be made by contacting List A Barristers on 9225 8444. Click here to view Andrew's full profile.



Alice has substantial experience in competition and consumer law, and the law regarding infrastructure access and economic regulation. She also accepts briefs in a wide range of other commercial and public law matters.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alice was a partner in Ashurst’s competition practice, where she advised clients on ACCC merger clearances and other matters arising under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, including the Australian Consumer Law.  She also acted for clients during ACCC investigations, and in litigation before the Australian Competition Tribunal, the Federal Court and the High Court.

Alice is reading with Stephen Parmenter and her senior mentor is Michael O’Bryan QC.

Alice is now available to accept briefs.  Enquiries regarding availability and fees can be made by contacting List A Barristers on 9225 8444. Click here to view Alice's full profile.

2 May 2017

List A Barristers congratulates the Hon Judge Edward Woodward

The members and staff of List A congratulate Ted Woodward SC on his appointment to the County Court commencing on 2 May 2017.  Since coming to the Bar in 1997 following a successful career in private practice at Allens (then Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks), Ted has made a substantial contribution to the List as a Committee member and director.  As well as conducting a busy commercial practice, he also undertook a significant amount of work on behalf of the Bar as Chairman of the Ethics Committee and member of the Bar Council, amongst other roles.

24 April 2017

Editorial Appointment of Dr Paul Vout to the Commonwealth Law Reports

List A congratulates Dr Paul Vout on his recent appointment as a Co-Editor of the prestigious Commonwealth Law Reports, together with Mr Christopher Horan QC.

Dr Vout has been a senior reporter with the CLR's since 2002.  He is a title editor of The Laws of Australia (including the forthcoming third edition of Unconscionable Conduct), and edits and co-authors several law text books.

In a joint statement, the new CLR Co-Editors said:

"We are delighted to work together as co-editors of the Commonwealth Law Reports, after having spent 15 years as reporters.  We are equally humbled to be invited to follow in Jim Merralls AM QC's monumental footsteps and be entrusted with his legacy.  We look forward to working with the Justice's, Associates and staff at the High maintain the highest standards of law reporting for the CLR's."

More information about Paul's expertise and publications can be found here.


23 December 2016

Appointments cap off an outstanding year for List A

In the space of eight days List A has celebrated three significant appointments.

On 7 December 2016 Simon Molesworth AO QC was appointed as an acting Judge of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court, from 26 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

On 9 December 2016 David O’Callaghan QC was appointed to the Federal Court, and commences in the Melbourne Registry on 1 February 2017.
On 14 December 2016 Dr Stephen Donaghue QC was appointed Commonwealth Solicitor-General. His appointment, for 5 years, commences on 16 January 2017.

List A congratulates Simon, David and Stephen on their well-deserved appointments, which enhance our reputation as Australia’s leading list of commercial and public law barristers.

30 November 2016

List A Barristers Congratulates Allan Myers AC QC

The members and staff of List A Barristers congratulate Allan Myers AC QC on his appointment as Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He assumes office on 1 January 2017. He stated he was, “…honoured to become chancellor of the university with which I have had more than 50 years’ association. The University of Melbourne is one of the most important institutions of our country, and I will do my best to serve it as chancellor.”

22 November 2016

Congratulations to Penny Neskovcin S.C., Daniel Star S.C. and Michael Borsky S.C.

The Members and staff of List A congratulate Penny Neskovcin S.C., Daniel Star S.C., and Michael Borsky S.C. on their appointments as Senior Counsel on 22 November 2016.

Penny practises primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency, trade practices, administrative law and tax and superannuation law. She joined List A in 2014, twelve years after being called to the Victorian Bar.

Dan has been at the Victorian Bar for almost twenty years and practises primarily in administrative law, class actions and commercial litigation, with a focus on competition and consumer law. He joined the List on signing the Bar Roll in 1998.

Michael practises in commercial and public law, specializing in competition and corporations law. He is recognised by his peers as one of Australia's best litigation lawyers (in the Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers list in 2013, 2014 and 2015). He joined List A when he signed the Bar Roll in 2005.

The appointments of Penny, Dan and Michael further enhance List A’s reputation as Australia’s leading list of commercial and public law barristers, with 53 Silks and 78 junior barristers.

18 November 2016

Victorian Bar Council Elections

List A congratulates Jennifer Batrouney QC, elected as the Victorian Bar President, Matt Collins QC elected as senior vice–President, Wendy Harris QC elected as junior vice-President and Ted Woodward SC who was elected as a Member.

The election was held on 16 November 2016.  The List also congratulates all successful candidates.

18 November 2016

The List warmly congratulates Christopher Tran and Siobhan Kelly on their Pro Bono awards

Christopher was awarded the Daniel Pollack Readers Award for his significant contribution to constitutional and administrative law which has included more than 10 briefs for Justice Connect; and

Siobhan shared the Ron Castan AM QC award for her pro bono work on Hart v Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FWFCB 2887.

27 October 2016

List A Welcomes New Readers – Roshan Chaile, Stephanie Hooper & Franceska Leoncio

Roshan Chaile

Roshan has a broad practice in commercial and public law.

Prior to joining the Bar, Roshan was an Associate to the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler at the High Court of Australia.

Before that, Roshan was an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia for two years:  first to the Hon Justice Christopher Jessup and then to the Hon Justice Michelle Gordon (now a Justice of the High Court).

Roshan commenced his career as a solicitor at Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth where he practised predominantly in construction and major projects and in commercial matters involving complex questions of law, regulatory issues or public law issues.  He has also worked as a graduate researcher at the University of Oxford and taught law at the University of Melbourne (principally corporations law).

Roshan holds a Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction from the University of Oxford.  He completed his undergraduate studies in law in 2008 winning several academic prizes.  He has published in Australian and foreign law journals including the European Law Journal, the University of Queensland Law Journal and the Constitutional Law & Policy Review.

Roshan is reading with Richard J Harris and his senior mentor is Rowena Orr QC.

Roshan is now available to accept briefs. Enquiries regarding availability and fees can be made by contacting his Clerk on 9225 8444. Click here to view Roshan’s full profile.

Stephanie Hooper

Stephanie practices in a broad range of commercial and arbitral disputes, corporate insolvency and transactional banking and finance matters.

Stephanie comes to the Bar after six years in private practice as a solicitor. Most recently, Stephanie practised in Herbert Smith Freehills’ dispute resolution team and, prior to that, in Norton Rose Fulbright’s insolvency and restructuring teams in both Melbourne and London.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. She earlier graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours and a Bachelor of International Business, for which she was awarded the International Business Medal.

Stephanie is reading with Carl Möller. Her senior mentor is Nick Pane QC.

Stephanie is now available to accept briefs. Enquiries regarding availability and fees can be made by contacting her Clerk on 9225 8444. Click here to view Stephanie’s full profile.

Franceska Leoncio

Franceska practises in commercial and public law with a particular focus on industrial relations and employment law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Franceska was Associate to the Hon Justice RRS Tracey AM RFD of the Federal Court of Australia.  She assisted in trial and appellate proceedings concerning employment, industrial relations, public law and migration.

Franceska previously practised as a solicitor in the employment practice group at Ashurst.  During that time, she advised and acted in a range of industrial, employment and discrimination disputes for Commonwealth and State departments and private sector employers.  She was also seconded to the employee relations group of ANZ Banking Group Limited.

Franceska holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from Monash University.

Franceska is reading with Nicholas Harrington and her senior mentor is Rachel Doyle SC.

Franceska is now available to accept briefs. Enquiries regarding availability and fees can be made by contacting her Clerk on 9225 8444. Click here to view Franceska’s full profile.