Welcome to Banco Chambers

Located in Sydney, Australia, Banco Chambers is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading barristers' chambers, specialising in complex commercial litigation.

We are a progressive and young chambers located at two modern commercial spaces at the Reserve Bank of Australia building and Chifley Tower. We have 30 members of varying levels of seniority, including seven of Australia’s leading Silks. Our Head of Chambers is Robert Newlinds SC. Our inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth.

Our members provide specialist advice in a diverse range of practice areas and advocacy services of the highest calibre in all Australian courts and tribunals. Some of our members also regularly appear in domestic arbitrations and international arbitrations seated in Australia and leading arbitral venues such as Singapore, Hong Kong, London and New York.

Our members are regularly retained by leading national and international law firms to appear and advise on the most difficult commercial disputes. Our barristers are widely recognised for their ability to successfully advocate cases in all courts and tribunals and for their technical excellence, deep knowledge of the law, strategic insight, and independent commercial judgment as to how best to advance their clients’ interests. Our members include acknowledged leaders in the field of Commercial Law, Corporations Law, Insolvency, Intellectual Property and Defamation.

Many of our barristers have been recognised by their peers as leading barristers by publications such as Chambers & Partners, Chambers Asia-Pacific and the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers.


Latest News


Banco barristers appear in major class action - Hip implants

Members of Banco Chambers have appeared in a major class action in the Federal Court of Australia. It is alleged that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson manufactured hip implants that were not reasonably fit for purpose and defective in contravention of..


Imposing civil penalties - a new approach for parties and the Court

The Full Court of the Federal Court has delivered an important decision on agreed penalties and submissions on penalties in all civil penalty cases. The Court concluded that the effect of the decision of the High Court in Barbaro v R is to prohib..


11 members of Banco Chambers nominated as Best Lawyers 2015

11 members of Banco Chambers were listed in the Financial Review's Best Lawyers 2015 announced on 10 April 2015. They are the best lawyers as voted by their peers. The following Banco barristers were listed: Farid Assaf - International Arbitra..


Robert Newlinds SC appointed fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

On 28 March 2015 Robert Newlinds SC was appointed a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators..


Banco Chambers is a Silver Sponsor of the National Insolvency Conference

Banco Chambers is pleased to be a silver sponsor of the 14th Annual National Insolvency Conference being held 30 - 31 March 2015 in Sydney. Click on the link to see the program. (http://www.banco.com.au/news/National%20Insolvency%20Conference%20progr..


Banco Chambers celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Banco Chambers was opened by Chief Justice Spigelman AC on 10 March 2005. To celebrate the first decade of Banco a gala party took place at the Opera House on 12 March 2015. click here (http://www.banco.net.au/Admin/WebPages_Detail)..


8 Banco Barristers ranked in 2015 Chambers & Partners Guide

Chambers and Partners 2015 guide for Asia Pacific was recently published. Of a total of 47 Australian barristers ranked from all states and territories, 8 are members of Banco Chambers, more than any other floor in Australia. The following Banco ..


Farid Assaf's new book to be launched by Bathurst CJ

Farid Assaf's new work, Voidable Transactions in Company Insolvency will be launched April this year by the Honourable Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales. Drawing on Farid's years of experience in insolvency law matters, the work cover..


'House of Hancock'

On the evening of Friday, 13 February the Supreme Court ordered the Channel 9 Network to produce for inspection by Gina Rinehart episode 2 of the mini-series 'House of Hancock'. Mrs Rinehart commenced injunction proceedings against Channel 9 the next..


Ruth Higgins invited to become an editor of the Australian Law Journal

Ruth Higgins has been invited to become an editor of the Australian Law Journal, and will be sharing responsibility with the Honourable Peter Young AO for the drafting of the sections Current Issues and Recent Cases...


Christopher Withers and Adam Hochroth acting in new Gina Rinehart proceedings

Christopher Withers and Adam Hochroth represent Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock, two of the children of Gina Rinehart, in proceedings commenced against Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd in the Federal Court. The proceedings were subj..


Air New Zealand win

Robert Yezerski recently acted as part of the team that successfully defended Air New Zealand in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC alleged that Air New Zealand and other airlines had collud..


Adam Hochroth acted for asylum seeker in data breach case in the Full Federal Court

Adam Hochroth recently acted on a pro bono basis for an asylum seeker before the Full Federal Court in SZSSJ v Minister for Immigration [2014] FCAFC 143. The case arose from the accidental release on the internet by the Department of Immigration ..


Ben Kremer presenting Electonic Evidence: Mac and the elastic beanstalk

Mr Ben Kremer is co-presenting with members of the KordaMentha Forensic team on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. With the uptake of 'elastic' cloud computing, diversity of digital streaming services, advances in broadband wireless and the prolife..


Ben Kremer will be panelist at the upcoming AFIA Symposium

Ben Kremer will be a panelist together with Antony Crockett (Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills) and Dr Luke Nottage (Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law, The Sydney University) at the International Arbitration Symposiu..


Jonathon Redwood has been appointed a pool member Arbitrator under the arbitration scheme established for NBN Co.

Jonathon Redwood has been appointed a pool member Arbitrator under the arbitration scheme established for NBN Co. The pool members include several of Australia's leading arbitrators...


Banco Chambers launches new website



Banco Chambers recently acted in the high profile family trust litigation between Gina Rinehart and her children.

A number of members of Banco Chambers recently acted in the high profile family trust litigation between Gina Rinehart and her children. Christopher Withers, Natalie Zerial and Adam Hochroth acted for the plaintiffs, John Hancock and Bianca Rinehart...


Banco Chambers to sponsor the upcoming ADR in Asia Conference

Banco Chambers is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming ADR in Asia Conference which is being held as part of the annual Hong Kong Arbitration Week from 15 – 17 October 2014. Attached is a link to the conference website. http://hkaweek.hkiac.or..


Clive Palmer's defamation action against Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Clive Palmer’s defamation action against Nationwide News Pty Limited, the publisher of The Australian, has suffered a major setback after Justice Boddice in the Supreme Court of Queensland struck out almost half of the imputations pleaded in hi..


Mr Andrew Coleman SC was briefed to act as Senior Counsel by the Rugby League Players Association

Mr Andrew Coleman SC acted for a number of the past and present Cronulla Sharks NRL players in the recent ASADA investigation into the allegations concerning the use of prohibited substances in 2011. Mr Coleman was briefed to act as Senior Counsel fo..


New Appointment for Andrew Coleman SC

Banco Chambers is pleased to announce that Mr Andrew Coleman SC has been appointed from 1 July 2014 as a Senior Member, Consumer and Commercial Division and Appeal Panel, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal..


Robert Yezerski appointed Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Banco Chambers is pleased to announce that Robert Yezerski has been appointed Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the University of New South Wales...


Ruth Higgins won the UK Lawyer Monthly's, Global Women in Law Awards

Banco Chambers is pleased to announce that Ruth Higgins won the UK Lawyer Monthly's, Global Women in Law Awards - Award for Administrative and Constitutional (Australia). Ms Higgins also won the UK Lawyer Monthly named individual in the category of M..