Three Banco Barristers Appointed Senior Counsel
1 October 2021
Banco Chambers offers its warmest congratulations to Anne Horvath, David Sulan, and Tim Breakspear for their well deserved appointments to Senior Counsel today.
Today's appointments increases the total number of Silks at Banco Chambers to 22, further consolidating its status as a trusted source of legal expertise and experience. Moreover, the appointments also demonstrate the diversity of skills on offer at Banco across a range of practice areas. Anne Horvath is widely acknowledged for her expertise in insurance, professional discipline, and commercial law matters, while David Sulan is a well known for his extensive practice in commercial law, insolvency, and class actions. Tim Breakspear has an established practice as a leading construction and infrastructure disputes barrister in which he practises nationally and internationally in superior courts and arbitral tribunals.
Anne Horvath was called to the Bar in 2006. She is a very experienced litigator with a busy court practice spanning numerous jurisdictions and areas of law. She is regularly briefed in litigation concerning insurance, professional negligence, and general commercial disputes.
Anne is also frequently briefed to appear in disciplinary proceedings in which she has appeared for various regulators and for professionals such as doctors, lawyers and accountants. She regularly appears in coronial inquests for interested parties and witnesses, as well as in the role of counsel assisting.
David Sulan was called to the Bar in 2007. He has a broad-ranging commercial practice including trials and appeals. His areas of speciality include conflict of laws, corporations, banking and finance, insolvency, representative proceedings, equity, fraud, professional negligence, trusts, and property law. Industry guides have ranked David as a market leading counsel in dispute resolution and he has also been described as a "commercial counsel of choice" by Chambers and Partners.
Prior to coming to the Bar David worked as Tipstaff to the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley QC (as Her Excellency then was). After completing the BCL at Oxford University David also worked in London as a Solicitor and the Associate at the law firm Herbert Smith.
Tim Breakspear was called to the Bar in 2008. He has a commercial practice with a speciality in major infrastructure, mining, gas and construction projects. In that field he has significant expertise in disputes involving delay and disruption. He also acts in general commercial matters, with experience in disputes involving issues of contract law, misrepresentation, restitution, estoppel and negligence.
He conducts hearings in Australian commercial courts and tribunals, and in international arbitrations. He appears regularly before Tribunals seated in Singapore and has experience running cases against both Australian and English silk. He is experienced in the conduct of cross-examination of technical, engineering, programming and quantum experts. He also appears in alternative dispute resolution forums such as mediations, expert determinations and before dispute resolution panels. In 2020 Best Lawyers nominated Tim as "Lawyer of the Year" for construction and infrastructure matters and has also been described as a "leader in the field" by Chambers and Partners.
Prior to coming to the Bar Tim worked as a Judge's Associate to the Hon Keith Mason AC QC and as a solicitor with Mallesons Stephens Jaques.