Derek has a commercial practice with particular interests and expertise in construction/infrastructure law and land law.
He is recognised in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and Best Lawyers Australia as a leading junior counsel in construction and infrastructure law.
He regularly advises and appears in disputes concerning infrastructure projects and commercial/residential developments, at both first instance and on appeal, in NSW, Queensland, the ACT and Victoria. He also regularly appears in private arbitrations and mediations.
His interest and expertise in property law incorporates all aspects of modern land law, from commercial leases to strata title.
Derek also accepts briefs to advise and appear in property and financial disputes in the family law arena, where his clients benefit from his extensive experience in real property, equity and commercial law. He regularly appears for third-party intervenors whose property interests may be affected by family law proceedings.
Before being called to the Bar, Derek worked as a solicitor with the law firm, Freehills, and spent several years as a legal policy adviser in Federal Parliament, Canberra, where he gained first-hand experience of the legislative process. Prior to that, he worked as a print journalist in Dublin and London. He has lectured in real property on a part-time basis at Sydney University.
Derek holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (UNSW) and Master of Policy Studies (UNSW), and a Diploma in Journalism (Dublin Institute of Technology).
He is a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Family Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association.
A list of cases in which Derek has appeared is available on request.