David Allen

David has a general commercial practice and is briefed on a wide range of disputes involving contractual, equitable and statutory remedies.

He has particular expertise in relation to finance transactions and financial regulation. At the Bar, he has appeared as junior counsel for APRA on several applications. While a solicitor, he completed placements at Morgan Stanley and ANZ.

David trained at Allens (2011-2014) and later practiced in London at Allen & Overy LLP (2015-2016). He returned to Australia and before being called to the Bar was a senior associate at Ashurst (2018-2020).


  • Master of Economics, Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons I), Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons I) (University of Sydney)

Presentations and Publications

“Recent Banking and Finance Cases – Mortgagee Sales (Almona v Parklea Corporation), Debtors under the National Credit Code, Matrimonial Resulting Trusts”, City of Sydney Law Society (2022)

“Recent Banking and Finance Cases – The Arrium decision and Latest Cases on Unfair Contract Terms”, Ross Parsons Centre, University of Sydney (2021)

Co-author of LexisNexis’s Practical Guidance Personal Property Securities

Matthew Barnes

Matthew Barnes was admitted to practice in 2006. Matthew became an Accredited Specialised in Commercial Litigation in 2011, and was a Partner of a law firm for 8 years until being called to the Bar.

In 2009, he became a part-time lecturer at the University of Wollongong, a position he still holds.

Matthew was an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia (2002 – 2005).


  • Master of Laws (LLM, Construction Law, University of Melbourne, ongoing)
  • Master of Laws (LLM, University of Wollongong, 2019) – research thesis on criminal contempt in civil proceedings
  • Master of Applied Law (Commercial Litigation) (2012)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (2006)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Macquarie University, 1998 – 2005)

Lucinda Cooper-Hackman

Lucinda Cooper-Hackman specialises in commercial law and equity, building and construction law, insurance law and estate administration. Known for her strong communication and interpersonal skills, clients often comment on her approachability, as well as her empathetic approach to preparing a matter and running proceedings.

Lucinda was called to the Bar in 2020, after previously being the Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Slattery AM RAN in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of NSW. This gave her first-hand insights into the Court’s workings on commercial matters, including contractual claims, restraints of trade applications, family provision claims, real property claims and applications for judicial advice.

Lucinda has also worked as a solicitor and associate at leading commercial and insurance law firms, managing professional indemnity matters, ranging from professional negligence to class actions. She was admitted to practice in 2015.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB, University of Adelaide)
  • Master of Laws (LLM, University of Sydney).

Outside of the law, Lucinda loves nothing more than a true crime podcast, her book club (mainly for the cheese platter) and pilates.

Michael Forgacs

Michael Forgacs was admitted to practice in 2014 and called to the Bar in 2017.  Prior to joining the Bar, Michael practiced as a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution group at King & Wood Mallesons. He also worked as a tipstaff at the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Michael’s practice as a solicitor was primarily in complex commercial litigation, regulatory disputes and administrative law matters.

Michael is briefed in a wide range of commercial matters, including consumer law, corporations, equity and property law.  He also accepts briefs in administrative law, including migration law. His experience includes advisory work and appearances in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court, NSW Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in tribunals. Michael aims always to provide advice through a strategic and commercial lens.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons I) (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons I) (University of Sydney).

Aidan Gandar

Aidan Gandar was admitted as a solicitor in 2014 and called to the Bar in 2018.

Before coming to the Bar, Aidan worked as the Commercial List Researcher for Justice Hammershlag at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2013 and then as a solicitor for Lander & Rogers Lawyers in Insurance Law & Litigation.  As a solicitor, Aidan gained experience in a wide range of commercial disputes in the District, Supreme and Federal Courts and also acted in commissions, inquiries and tribunals.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc, University of NSW)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB )
  • Juris Doctor (JD, University of Sydney)

Aidan received the Ludlows Award for the Highest Mark in the June 2017 Bar examination.

Michael Keene

Michael was admitted as a solicitor in 2009 and called to the Bar in 2018.
After his admission, Michael primarily worked on commercial litigation and building and construction litigation. In doing so, he obtained experience in complex matters for banks, small to medium enterprises, developers, head contractors and subcontractors.

Michael also specialises in all areas of Property Law, Australian Consumer Law (with a particular focus on misleading and deceptive conduct) and Building and Construction Security of Payment disputes.

He has appeared in the High, Supreme, Federal, District and Local Courts and NCAT in both substantive and interlocutory matters.


  • Michael holds the degrees B.B.A., LL.B., LL.M (Syd).

Edwina Keynes

Edwina Keynes has a broad commercial practice with particular expertise in equity, corporate and personal insolvency, and banking-related matters.

Edwina is regularly briefed to appear in the New South Wales and Victorian superior courts. Her appearance work includes contractual and equity disputes, liquidations and complex winding up proceedings, mortgage and debt recovery, and banking and finance related proceedings.

Edwina advises and prepares in a wide range of matters including investigations and examinations by liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy, and investigations related to Royal Commissions, specifically the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (2017).

Prior to the Bar, Edwina practiced as a solicitor in commercial litigation in the New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian jurisdictions, working at Kemp Strang (2015 – 2018) and Madsen Rowley (2013 – 2015). She regularly appeared and advised in general commercial, insolvency and corporate matters, appearing in the Supreme, Federal, District and Local Courts.

Edwina Keynes was associate to the Honourable Justice Anderson of the Supreme Court of South Australia (2013 – 2014).


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of International Studies (University of Adelaide, 2005 – 2012)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law, Melbourne, 2012)

Clare Langford

Clare Langford accepts briefs in all areas of law, with a particular interest in public and commercial law. She was admitted to practice in 2014 and joined the Bar in 2021.

Before coming to the Bar, Clare was a senior solicitor in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Group of the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office (2017 – 2021).

She worked as an associate in the Global Disputes Group at Jones Day (2014 – 2016), as the Researcher to the Equity Division of the NSW Supreme Court under Justice Patricia Bergin (2013), and as an Assistant General Editor with the Australian Law Journal (2014 – 2017).


  • Master of Public and International Law (University of Melbourne, 2020 – 2022)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons I), (LLB Hons 1, University of Sydney, 2008 – 2013)
  • Bachelor of International Studies (French studies) (University of Sydney, 2008 – 2013).


Author of Chapter 5 of Fisher and Lightwood’s Law of Mortgages (3rd Australian Edition, 2013) on the subject of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).

Police duties revisited (Australian Law Journal, August 1 2015)

Payment into joint account as security for stay does not create PPSA security interest (Australian Law Journal, June 1 2015)

The prerogative writs and the origins of English administrative law (Australian Law Journal, August 1 2014)

Clare has also written for Bar News.

Patrick Lin

Before joining University Chambers in 2021, Patrick completed his LLM at Columbia Law School in New York. Prior to Columbia, Patrick worked as a solicitor at Armstrong Legal, where he primarily handled estate litigation matters in the Supreme Court.

Since coming to the Bar, Patrick has appeared, led and unled, in various courts and tribunals, including the Local Court, NCAT, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal.

Patrick accepts briefs in all areas of the law.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Bachelor of Arts (Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, 2013)
  • Juris Doctor (Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 2017)
  • Master of Laws (Columbia University, New York, USA, 2020)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (honours equivalent)
    • Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law


Internet Jurisdiction: Using Content Delivery Networks to Ascertain Intention, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 24, No. 3, Fall 2020.

The Portal to Intermediary Liability: Merging Secondary Liability with Private International Law and Equity, Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer 2020.

Brendan May

Brendan accepts briefs in all areas of law, with a practice focused principally on commercial and equity matters. He has particular expertise in commercial and company law, equity, property, class actions, and insolvency. He appears in trials and appeals in courts and tribunals throughout Australia, and regularly advises on complex commercial disputes involving multiple areas of law.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Brendan practiced as a solicitor in a team focused on commercial litigation at Piper Alderman in Sydney.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Juris Doctor (University of Sydney) – awarded the Postgraduate prize in Jurisprudence.

James M McEnaney

James McEnaney was admitted to practice in 2011.

Between 2014 – 2015, he specialised in workers compensation, work injury damages and Section 151Z recovery at Kaden Boriss. He was previously a solicitor at Turks (2012 -14) and White Barnes (2010 -12). (White Barnes merged with Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 2013.)

James was made senior associate at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers (2015 – 2020), practicing in workers compensation and work injury damages, CTP claims, public liability and medical negligence cases.

James joined University Chambers in 2021.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB, University of Technology, 2005 – 2011),
  • Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) (University of Technology Sydney, 2005 – 2011)

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz specialises in corporate and commercial disputes, class actions, and human rights litigation.

After his admission to practice (2014), Daniel was a senior associate at a specialist litigation firm in Sydney. Before becoming a lawyer, Daniel worked in media and public policy.

Daniel combines a mathematician’s accuracy, logic, and attention to detail, with a journalistic quest to uncover truth – making a compelling case that is easy to follow.

Daniel accepts briefs in all areas of law.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc, Financial Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney, 2009)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons 1, University of Technology, 2013)
  • Finalist in the dispute resolution category of the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards (2015 and 2016), and in the pro bono category (2017).

His personal website is here.

Jacob Rodgers

Specialising in complex commercial litigation, Jacob has acted for Australian banks, insolvency practitioners, listed companies, large sports organisations, proprietary corporations and individuals.

Prior to joining the Bar and University Chambers, Jacob was an experienced senior associate in commercial litigation, most recently at Kardos Scanlan. Throughout his career Jacob has had carriage of matters in all the principal courts in NSW, as well as the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. Jacob has even conducted a mediation in New York in relation to a high-profile cross border sports matter. Prior coming to the Bar, Jacob was an experienced solicitor advocate, having appeared in numerous matters in motions and also at final hearings in most Courts in NSW and the Federal Court.

Jacob was a lawyer (2013 – 2015) and senior associate at Kemp Strang (2015 – 2018). Prior to that, Jacob was a lawyer at Harris Freidman Lawyers (2012 – 2013).

Jacob was admitted to practice in 2012. Prior to his admission as a solicitor, Jacob worked as an Executive Producer at radio station 2UE for five years while completing his studies.


  • Master of Laws (LLM – University of Sydney, 2014 – 2016)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) and Bachelor of Media (Macquarie University, 2007 – 2012)
  • ARITA (Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association) Advanced 2016