- 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.
- Building and construction
- Commercial law and equity
- Professional indemnity and insurance
- Doyles Guide 2020, Leading Senior Counsel, Construction and Infrastructure (NSW) -- Leading
- Doyles Guide 2020, Leading Senior Counsel, Construction and Infrastructure (Australia) -- Recommended
- Best Lawyers Australia 2021, Construction and Infrastructure
“Measure twice, cut once.”
Ian's Notable Cases
Glencore Coal Pty Ltd v Franks  FCAFC 61
TFM Epping Land Pty Ltd v Decon Australia Pty Ltd  NSWCA 93
Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd v Comptroller-General of Customs  FCAFC 43
Europlex Pty Ltd v Unique Living Australia Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1291
Nuance Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Shape Australia Pty Ltd  VSC 362
Skyworks NSW Pty Ltd v 32 Drummoyne Pty Ltd  NSWSC 343
The Owners Corporation Strata Plan 76841 v Ceerose Pty Ltd  NSWCA 140
Fitz Jersey Pty Ltd v Atlas Construction Group Pty Ltd  NSWCA 53
Hakea Holdings Pty Limited v Denham Constructions Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1120
Avopiling (NSW) Pty Ltd v Menard Bachy Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1466
CJD Equipment v A & C Constructions  NSWSC 1362
Rail Equipment Leasing Pty Ltd v CV Scheepvaartonderneming Emmagracht  NSWSC 850
Peter’s of Kensington v Seersucker Pty Ltd  NSWSC 897
CV Sheepvaartonderneming Ankergracht v Stemcor (A/sia) Pty Limited  FCAFC 77
Stemcor (A/sia) Pty Ltd v CV Scheepvaartonderneming Ankergracht  FCA 1808
Siemens Ltd v Schenker International (Aust) Pty Ltd (2004) 216 CLR 418
Newcastle Port Corporation v Pevitt (2003) 58 NSWLR 548
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