Dinesh Ratnam has an extensive background in Banking & Finance, Commercial litigation and Insolvency, and is currently building a successful Commercial practice at the Bar. Dinesh regularly appears in the Supreme Court and Federal Court.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Dinesh was a Senior Associate with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, specialising in Banking & Finance, and Commercial litigation. He was a Senior Solicitor with Turks Legal where he worked in the Banking Finance group from 2010 to 2011. Dinesh began his practice as a solicitor with Evangelos Patakas & Associates in 2004.

Dinesh created a solid foundation for his career at the Bar by using his time as a solicitor to familiarise himself with strategic case management. He keenly observed counsel during his time as a solicitor, which has ensured a smooth transition to the Bar. A driven advocate, Dinesh ensures the best resolution for both solicitors and clients. He is able to quickly assess the details of a matter, finding this the most compelling and effective form of advocacy.

When working with his legal teams, he actively encourages involvement from all parties, and confers closely with solicitors and clients. He effectively formulates documents and instructions to ensure the best outcomes. Dinesh instils confidence and delivers an objective, considered and measured strategy in all matters in which he is briefed.

Dinesh has been listed in the 2017 Doyle's Guide as an Emerging Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel within NSW.

Focus Areas + Select Cases

THC Holding Pty Ltd v Fung & 1 Other (proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW) – partnership dispute.

Perpetuity Capital Pty Ltd v KF&S Pty Limited (proceedings in the District Court of NSW – service agreement fee dispute.

Esanda Finance Corporation Limited v Highrock Aust Pty Ltd (proceedings in the District Court of Western Australia) – Guarantee liability.

Hobart Properties & Securities Pty Ltd v Old English Town Sandstone Pty Ltd – ACL/Representations.

Dinesh currently holds several briefs in Equity which are continuing. He has had considerable experience in Equity prior to coming to the Bar. He was heavily involved in litigation in this area.

Prior to the Bar Dinesh was instructing solicitor in Chand v Commonweath Bank of Australia, Agricultural and Rural Finance Pty Ltd v Gardiner and Gardiner v Agricultural and Rural Finance Pty Ltd.


Nichols Constructions Pty Ltd v Elphick.

Truthful Endeavour Pty Ltd v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited [as counsel].

Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Bakarich (Federal Circuit Court of Australia) [as solicitor].

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited & 1 Other v Legend International Holdings Inc & 1 Other (proceedings in Supreme Court of Victoria) - regarding freezing orders.

In the matter of Teca Pty Limited [2011] NSWSC 686 - as solicitor; defending application to set aside winding up order.

Hawksford & Ors v Hawksford and Ors [2005] NSWSC 1316 - as instructing solicitor; regarding terms upon which a director is to be given access to company records for inspection.

Schon Gregory Condon as Trustee of the Bankrupt Estate of Colleen Anne Rayhill v Kris Lewis & 1 other, Federal Court of Australia, Proceedings No (P)NSD720/2014 – re Trustee’s claim to assets alleged to form bankrupt estate.

Notable Cases

Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Ian Robert Clapham; Byron Bay Holdings Pty Ltd v Commonwealth Bank of Australia [2015] NSWSC 1714 [as an instructing solicitor].

Chand v Commonwealth Bank of Australia [2015] NSWCA 181 [as an instructing solicitor].

FBHS (Aust) Pty Ltd v Stone Homes Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 312 [as an instructing solicitor].

In re MF Global Australia Ltd (in liq) [2012] NSWSC 994 [as an instructing solicitor].

Agricultrural and Rural Finance Pty Ltd v Gardiner [2008] HCA 57 [as an instructing solicitor].