Fiona Roughley

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Fiona Roughley is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading junior counsel. She is known for her advocacy, written work, and strategic and commercial instincts.

Fiona is regularly briefed unled in civil proceedings in courts and tribunals; she also appears as junior counsel in large, high profile and appellate matters. Her areas of expertise include commercial law; superannuation and financial services; competition law; public law; health law; building and construction; insolvency; equity; class actions; and public inquiries.

Before being called to the Bar, Fiona was Associate to Justice Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia, a Principal Research Officer in the Department of the Senate of the Parliament of Australia, and a solicitor at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). She received her LLM from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She received her BA and LLB from the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in Law, the University Medal in English, and the University's Convocation Medal.


Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide – Band 3 Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel - "very capable and one of the leading juniors at the New South Wales Bar," while another, who identifies her as "undoubtedly a future leader" of that same Bar, also calls her "smart, diligent and a pleasure to work with." "Really impressive in terms of both quality and availability," "She is undoubtedly one of the leading juniors in Sydney – a very safe pair of hands who writes tremendously well and has her pick of commercial matters; you need to be prepared when you go up against her."

Doyles Guide 2021 (NSW & Australia Wide) – Preeminent Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel

Doyles Guide 2020 – Recommended Insolvency and Restructuring Junior Counsel

Doyles Guide 2021 (Australia Wide) – Recommended Competition Law Junior Counsel