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2014-07-21 14:07:09
The full court of the Federal Court of Australia today handed down its decision in the Thredbo case. The Court dismissed the appeal. In essence the appellants' case wa...

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Halal Certification Authority Pty Limited v Scadilone Pty Limited [2014] FCA 6
2014-06-26 14:50:47

In 2000 the full court of the Federal Court reaffirmed that the crucial question in a claim for trade mark infringement is whether the manner of use of the mark by the r...

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Preliminary Discovery - Determine the merits of a claim before filing
2014-01-15 17:50:29

In a recent decision, Athena Investment Holdings LLC v AJ Lu...

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Due to the COVID-19 virus we are unfortunately closing our chambers at this time.
We intend to reassess the situation and reopen on the 14th of April, should conditions be favourable.

Despite the closure of our chambers, all Barristers will still be contactable.
Their contact information can be accessed by clicking on their names below.
All office lines will redirect to barristers who are out of chambers and all barristers can also be contacted on their mobiles (if provided).


We apologise for this inconvenience and we look forward to resuming operation as soon as we can.


Anthony Franklin SC
Michael Cashion SC
Louise McBride
Robert Newton
Peter O'Loughlin
Richard Perrignon
Theresa Phan
David Raphael
Peter Russell
Mark Southwick
Jamie Stephenson
Rosalind Winfield



Four St James is a dynamic set of barristers' chambers in Phillip Street, Sydney, comprising 10 permanent members (two silks and eight juniors) as well as readers and associate members.

Members of chambers provide independent advocacy and advice of the highest standard. They practise in the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest appellate court), the Federal Court, the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Courts, District Courts and various tribunals throughout Australia. Some members have international practices and accept briefs in the UK, South Africa, PNG and Fiji.

Chambers offers a diverse range of skills and experience. In addition to general commercial litigation, areas of significant expertise include:

  • Administrative law
  • Applications under the Family Provision Act
  • Banking Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporations Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Defamation
  • Equity
  • Finance Law
  • Franchising Law
  • General Commercial Law
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual property (patents, trade marks, copyright and designs as well as confidential information, passing off and contravention of section 52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth))
  • Trade Practices
  • Real Property
  • Wills and Probate

For a description of members' specialisms go to the Areas of Practice page.

A service provided by members is the publication of a monthly newsletter called LOCUTUS which reports on the latest developments in the law relating to intellectual property and franchising law. Members intend to publish additional issues of LOCUTUS dealing with other areas of the law.

Breaking news in members' main areas of specialisation, including up-to-date reports on important judgments and new legislation is posted regularly on this website.

In addition, members provide assistance to solicitors through the medium of seminars on the developments taking place in a variety of areas of the law.

The Clerk of Chambers is available to provide advice about the areas of practice of individual barristers, as to their availability for conferences and appearances in Court and as to their fees.