Ollie’s practice focuses on domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration.
Since coming to the Bar, Ollie has been instructed in a wide range of commercial disputes, including class actions, relating to contracts, corporations, franchising arrangements, construction and infrastructure, misleading and deceptive conduct and corporate insolvency.
He draws on his experience as a commercial disputes solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills in Brisbane and Tokyo, where he was involved in many large-scale national and cross-border disputes, including class actions and international arbitrations, across the construction, financial services, insurance and resources sectors. Ollie is familiar with heavy and complex cases, often involving the coordination of large teams of lawyers and experts in various jurisdictions, often requiring the adoption of eDiscovery, litigation databases and remote legal hearing technology.
Ollie was previously an associate to Justice Peter Flanagan of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He holds a BA/LLB (Hons IIA) from the University of Queensland and an LLM (US Law) from Washington University in St Louis.
Ollie’s experience at the bar includes:
> Appearing (led by N Andreatidis QC) in Court of Appeal proceedings in relation to an application to strike out a notice of appeal;
> Appearing (led by S Monks and B Wacker) in the Supreme Court of Queensland in an application for urgent injunctive relief;
> Appearing unled in the Supreme Court of Queensland in relation to an application to strike out and dismiss a claim;
> Acting (led by T Castle SC and E Olivier) in class action proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia relating to restaurant franchising arrangements;
> Acting in class action proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia relating to corporate insolvency;
> Advising in relation to Federal Court of Australia proceedings relating to automobile dealership franchising arrangements;
> Acting (led by M Doyle) in Federal Court of Australia proceedings relating to alleged insolvent trading;
> Acting in an arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Act 2012 (WA);
> Advising and drawing pleadings (both led and unled) in various commercial matters including in relation to contractual interpretation, insurance matters, breaches of directors’ duties, insolvent trading, and copyright matters.
Some of Ollie’s recent experience as a solicitor includes:
> Acting for an ASX-listed iron ore miner in a business interruption insurance claim, including in a two week online trial in the Federal Court of Australia;
> Acting for an ASX-listed building materials company in a shareholder class action, including in relation to multiplicity of proceedings and opt-out processes, in the Federal Court of Australia;
> Acting for a global mining company in a CIETAC arbitration seated in Beijing, in relation to the supply of mining equipment;
> Acting for a private equity firm in an ICC arbitration seated in Hong Kong, in relation to a US$1 billion claim in fraud, negligent misstatement and breach of warranty connected to the sale of an insurance company;
> Advising a construction contractor in relation to complex upstream and downstream contractual disputes relating to a major road infrastructure project;
> Advising a number of ASX-listed entities in relation to regulatory notices and also as part of the Financial Services Royal Commission.
Bar Association of Queensland
Queensland Young Lawyers
2021 Barrister, Queensland
2017-21 Solicitor, Herbert Smith Freehills (Brisbane)
2016 Associate to Justice Peter Flanagan, Supreme Court of Queensland
2015 LLM (US Law), Washington University in St Louis
2015 BA/LLB (Hons), University of Queensland
2015 Washington University subject prize, ‘Civil Liberties in Cyberspace’
2015 Washington University subject prize, ‘Censorship and Free Expression’
2010 University of Queensland Excellence Scholarship
2008 Iwasaki Sangyo Study Bursary