Common Law

Terms of reference 

The Common Law Committee is comprised of barristers with an interest in and practice encompassing all aspects of the common law particularly damages or compensation for personal injuries, from employers' liability, to motor accidents, occupiers' liability, medical and other professional negligence, workers compensation and defamation. 

The committee assists the Bar Association in formulating its position on issues that affect the substantive law and procedure in these areas and, in preparing submissions and correspondence on those issues to government and non-government bodies. It also operates as a vehicle through which the concerns of members practising in the field can be brought to the attention of the association and through which the Bar Association can be informed.


Robert Sheldon SC (Chair) 
Elizabeth Welsh (Deputy Chair)
Simon Harben SC 
John Turnbull SC
Nicholas Chen SC 
Paresh Khandhar SC 
David Talintyre 
Shaun McCarthy 
Iain Todd 
Darryn Kelly 
Andrew Combe
Ross Stanton 
Bill Loukas 
Jnana Gumbert 
Patrick Williams
Kayt Hogan  

Tom Synnott (Bar Association Staff Member)