Since coming to the Bar from a boutique commercial litigation and insolvency law firm, Sean has continued his broad commercial litigation practice. He has particular experience and interest in matters concerning bankruptcy, corporate insolvency, contracts, equity, professional negligence and the Corporations Act.
Previous clients have included a diverse group of domestic and international insolvency practitioners, creditors, solicitors, miners, property developers, farmers, manufacturers and investors. They appreciate his honest and direct advisory and advocacy style in matters at all levels of the State, Federal and High Court. Sean accepts unled briefs as well as being instructed as part of larger teams when required.
Matters Sean has been instructed on since coming to the Bar include:
> A matter arising from a contract of sale for a commercial property. The dispute was over the obligation to pay “the balance of the Purchase Price” on the settlement date and a special contractual condition provided that the seller must pay to the buyer, by way of an adjustment to “the balance Purchase Price payable on settlement”.
Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy
> Acting for a bankrupt who applied to review a decision of the Inspector-General in Bankruptcy relating to their discharge from bankruptcy.
Media & Defamation
> A matter concerning alleged misleading representations made online by an unknown publisher. The applicants sought discovery of documents relating to the description of the publisher. Issues included whether legal professional privilege applies to a person’s communication of their name to a solicitor whom they wish to engage.
Planning & Environment
> Dispute concerning whether the holders of a rolling term lease for pastoral purposes under the Land Act 1994 are “owners” of the relevant land within the meaning of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
Bar Association of Queensland
2011-2017 Associate, Russells
2011 Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
2011 Bachelor of Arts (History and International relations), University of Queensland