Paul Hayes KC

Commenced practice as a Barrister at the Sydney Bar in 1990 (read with Bernard Coles KC, University Chambers), before relocating to the Melbourne Bar in 1997. Called to the Bar of England & Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2005. Appointed Senior Counsel in Victoria on 23 November 2017. Letters patent granted on 10 April 2018.

Advise and appear in cases at interlocutory, trial and appellate levels, (international law & arbitration, commercial & equity litigation, large scale litigation, common law litigation [defamation and negligence & insurance], sporting disputes and constitutional & administrative law), conducted in multiple jurisdictions, but primarily in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Lausanne. Also appear in jury cases, particularly in civil matters and especially in the field of defamation.

Appointed a Senior Fellow at Queen Mary University of London (School of Law), 2022. Previously a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Law), 2010-2022. Recognised internationally in Who’s Who Legal (2016-2023) as a leading lawyer in the specialty of sports law and listed by Doyle’s Guide as a leading senior counsel in arbitration and administrative & public law.

Holds degrees from Queensland University of Technology (LLB) and the University of Cambridge (MSt). Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, practised as a Lawyer (1986 to 1990) at: Power & Power, Brisbane; Allen Allen & Hemsley (Allens), Sydney; and Baker & McKenzie, Sydney.

 

Anthony Lo Surdo SC



Anthony Lo Surdo SC was called to the Bar in 1996, having previously practiced as a solicitor since his admission as a legal practitioner in 1987. He was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2011. He practices from chambers in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, London and Dubai.

Anthony has enjoyed a broad practice both at trial and appellate level spanning diverse areas including banking, contract, commercial, corporations, equity, professional indemnity, insurance, insolvency, property and sports law. He was described by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in 2015-2020 as one of the country’s leading insolvency and reconstruction Silks.

Anthony is an exponent of all forms of ADR and especially mediation, arbitration and expert determination. He is also adept at facilitating expert conclaves.

He is an internationally accredited mediator and an advanced and nationally accredited mediator. He has been ranked by Doyle’s Guide in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 as a leading mediator.

Anthony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and registered in the Australian Register of Practising Arbitrators as a Grade 1 Arbitrator. He is also accredited as an arbitrator in Dubai and PNG and registered by the National Court of Justice of PNG as an international and domestic arbitrator. He was ranked by Doyle’s Guide in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 as one of the country’s leading arbitration Silks.

He is a panel member of many of the leading international arbitral institutions and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator both domestically and internationally. Anthony has sat as both a sole and panel arbitrator including as Chair in over 100 domestic and international arbitrations involving complex commercial, disciplinary and governance disputes.

Anthony is a leading, internationally recognised, sports law Silk and regularly sits as an arbitrator on international and domestic sport tribunals including the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Football Australia Appeal Panel and Disciplinary and Ethics Committee and the National Sports Tribunal.

Anthony is a part-time Senior Member of NCAT sitting on its Appeal Panel and in the Occupational Division.

Further information about Anthony’s ADR expertise can be accessed here or at www.silkmediator.com.au

Alistair Oakes



Alistair was admitted to practice in 2013 and was called to the Bar in 2019. He has a broad practice, with a primary focus in the areas of commercial law, administrative & public law, equity, corporations, insolvency and regulatory law.

Alistair was previously a solicitor in the commercial litigation and banking teams at Allens, focussing on large-scale commercial litigation in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Federal Court of Australia.

Alistair has also provided full-time service as a legal officer in the Royal Australian Navy, where he was awarded the Royal Australian Naval College prize for the best overall performer at initial officer training, was a legal adviser to the Commander of the Australian Fleet and lectured in administrative law, international law, operational law and military discipline. He remains an active member of the Naval Reserve.

Despite having only average athletic ability, Alistair has a keen interest in sports law. He is an ad hoc clerk for the Court of Arbitration for Sport and has been involved in a range of sports-related arbitrations, including the Essendon Football Club doping appeal and non-compliance proceedings between the Russian Anti-Doping Authority and the World Anti-Doping Authority. He is a member of the Sydney Hockey Association Judiciary and Investigation Committee.

Elizabeth Lambert



Elizabeth was admitted to practice in 2017 and was called to the bar in 2021. Elizabeth has advised and appears in a wide range of civil, commercial and public matters, inquests and appeals, including in the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, the New South Wales Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the New South Wales Coroner’s Court.

Elizabeth accepts briefs in all areas of the law. She has particular experience in disciplinary proceedings before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal and appeals under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 in the District Court of New South Wales.

Elizabeth brings a strong legal mind and the ability to grapple with the key issues to be determined. Her unique and diverse professional background, including as a professional athlete, military officer and judicial associate makes her particularly adept at responding to unfamiliar challenges quickly and with confidence.