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 2023 – Band 1 Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel.

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2022 – Band 1 Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel - "Fiona is active in an impressive variety of fields, including those of construction, insolvency and public inquiries and investigations, and is further noted for her increasing prominence in the class action space. More than one interviewee numbers her among 'the very best juniors at the New South Wales Bar,' one calling her 'a hugely able junior, well known for being very bright and analytical and for excellent preparation skills.' Another warns: 'She's in high demand, so your case needs to be exciting!'"

Doyles Guide 2015 - 2023 (NSW & Australia Wide) – Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel

Doyles Guide 2018 - 2023 (NSW & Australia Wide) – Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Junior Counsel

Doyles Guide 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 – Recommended Competition Law Junior Counsel

The Legal 500 Guide 2023  – Tier 1 Leading Junior in Commercial Disputes