Called to the Bar: 2000
Areas of Practice
Inquest / Inquiries
Public / Administrative
A highly experienced advocate and adviser, Alister brings nearly 20 years’ experience to the effective and efficient resolution of his clients’ disputes. He is an accomplished advocate who is commended by clients for his carefully prepared legal advice, having regard for the commercial realities of the matter.
Alister possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience acting for clients at both trial and appellate level, predominantly in the NSW Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Australia, and Supreme Court of New South Wales. He has also appeared in the High Court of Australia, as well as inferior courts.
Alister’s experience extends to a broad spectrum of commercial and equity matters. His core areas of practice also includes corporations law, professional liability claims and representative proceedings (mainly consumer and investor class actions). The vast experience he has acquired in class actions has seen Alister regularly appear against Senior Counsel in matters that have attracted widespread media coverage, particularly concerning the travel and tourism industry and asbestos-related claims.
Complementing his practice in the field of professional liability, Alister has co-authored the first, second and third editions of Thomson Reuters’ Professional Liability in Australia publication. As an adjunct lecturer, Alister has also taught product liability law and principles to pharmacology students. His interest in corporations law is evidenced by his contribution to the chapter on Members’ Rights and Remedies in the Australian Corporations Law loose-leaf service.
In addition to his barrister’s practice, Alister has served as a Navy Reservist and as a Member of the NSW Navy Legal Panel for nearly two decades. Such experience has strengthened his experience in disciplinary proceedings and commissions of inquiry. Alister is also a casual lecturer at the University of Sydney’s Foundations of Law course and is a mentor to students aspiring to become advocates through a program facilitated by the University of Technology, Sydney. He has authored several articles and has delivered external and in-house presentations on topical issues and legal developments relating to his fields of practice.