Ian Roberts SC

Barrister 1996 / Silk 2011



  • Bachelor of Laws (QUT)

Ian Roberts SC is a senior counsel with more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer including more than 25 years at the NSW Bar. His successful practice focuses on construction and infrastructure law, commercial law, professional negligence, transport law and appellate proceedings. He appears regularly in the NSW Supreme Court Technology & Construction List and Commercial List and the Federal Court of Australia. Ian accepts appointments as a mediator, referee and expert in expert determinations and also facilitates expert witnesses’ conclaves.

Ian is also interested in the role technology can play in preparing and conducting litigation, particularly since the effects of Covid-19 restrictions have changed the way we practice. He enjoys the teamwork involved in litigation and case management and values the input of solicitors, junior counsel, clients and experts. In doing so, he understands that every person in the team brings something beneficial to the case, whether that involves investigating evidence, discovery, communicating with witnesses, drafting or researching and developing a case theory.

Ian’s clients include building owners and developers, building companies, construction consultants and insurers, especially professional indemnity and marine insurers. Before becoming a barrister, Ian worked in Minter Ellison’s insurance practice group, where he specialised in defending professional indemnity claims brought against building industry professionals such as architects and engineers.

An interest in history and the social attitudes and historical bases that have shaped legal precedents helps Ian understand the importance of why a particular legal problem came to exist.

Ian was a founding director of Greenway Chambers and was heavily involved in its creation and development. He regularly participates as chair and speaker at Greenway’s Continuing Professional Development seminars, particularly the Super Series.

Outside of his work as a barrister, Ian’s obsessions include cycling and playing guitar, including in the Greenway Chambers band, Brief Encounter.

For availability requests please contact Mr Roberts SC’s secretary Lisa Maloney.


  • Appellate
  • Building and construction
  • Commercial law and equity
  • Professional indemnity and insurance
  • Transport

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers & Partners 2024 - Construction & Infrastructure Band 2 Ranking
  • Doyles Guide 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 Leading Senior Counsel, Construction and Infrastructure (NSW) -- Leading
  • Doyles Guide 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 Leading Senior Counsel, Construction and Infrastructure (Australia) -- Recommended
  • Best Lawyers Australia 2021, 2024 Edition Construction and Infrastructure

Ian’s philosophy

“Measure twice, cut once.”

Ian's Notable Cases

Parkview Constructions Pty Ltd v Futuroscop Enterprises Pty Ltd [2023] NSWSC 178.

Larsen v Tastec Pty Ltd [2023] NSWCA 39.

Comptroller-General of Customs v Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd (2022) 293 FCR 381.

Glencore Coal Pty Ltd v Franks [2021] FCAFC 61.

TFM Epping Land Pty Ltd v Decon Australia Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 118.

TFM Epping Land Pty Ltd v Decon Australia Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 93.

Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd v Comptroller-General of Customs [2020] FCAFC 43.

Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd v Chess Engineering Pty Ltd (No 2) [2020] NSWSC 1788.

Owners – Strata Plan No 87231 v 3A Composites Gmbh (2019) 369 ALR 315.

The Owners Stata Plan 66375 v King [2018] NSWCA 170.

The Owners Corporation Strata Plan 76841 v Ceerose Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 140.

Fitz Jersey Pty Ltd v Atlas Construction Group Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 53.

Rail Equipment Leasing Pty Ltd v CV Scheepvaartonderneming Emmagracht [2008] NSWSC 850.

CV Sheepvaartonderneming Ankergracht v Stemcor (A/sia) Pty Limited [2007] FCAFC 77.

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