In person and online practice at Banco Chambers

2 June 2020

Following recent announcements on the partial resumption of in person court hearings  some Banco Chambers' barristers have stepped out from behind the screen and returned to the court room this week. In particular:

  • Richard McHugh SC, Peter Brereton SC, and David Sulan appeared in person before Justice Robb in the Supreme Court of NSW in a significant contested interlocutory application;
  • Vanessa Whittaker SC appeared in person in a trial before Justice Rein in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of NSW; and
  • James Emmett appeared in person in a multi day criminal trial in the District Court of NSW, while tomorrow Rebecca McEwen will also appear in person in the District Court's civil list in a two day commercial case.

Hearings in other matters continue to be conducted online, and recent or imminent examples include:

  • Robert Dick SC and Darrell Barnett are appearing for the plaintiff in a document intensive two week case before Justice Stevenson in the Supreme Court of NSW's Commercial List which is being heard by video using Blue Jeans software. Ruth Higgins SC and Robert Yezerski are appearing for one of the defendants;
  • This week Justin Gleeson SC will appear in the hearing of an appeal before the High Court of Australia which is being conducted by video link using the Court's own AVL technology;
  • Elliot Hyde and Harriet Lenigas appeared for opposing parties in a complex, two day contested interlocutory hearing in relation to the North Royal Adelaide Hospital Dispute which was conducted over Zoom; 
  • Tom Blackburn SC and Anais d'Arville are appearing before Justice Jagot in the Federal Court of Australia in a 6 week defamation trial being conducted over Microsoft Teams; and
  • Richard McHugh SC and Ryan May appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria from Sydney via Zoom.