Ian Roberts SC

Solicitor 1990 / 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.


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

Professional Recognition

  • 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

Ian’s philosophy

“Measure twice, cut once.”

Ian's Notable Cases

Glencore Coal Pty Ltd v Franks [2021] FCAFC 61

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

Europlex Pty Ltd v Unique Living Australia Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1291

Nuance Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Shape Australia Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 362

Skyworks NSW Pty Ltd v 32 Drummoyne Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 343

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

Hakea Holdings Pty Limited v Denham Constructions Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 1120

Avopiling (NSW) Pty Ltd v Menard Bachy Pty Ltd [2012] NSWSC 1466

CJD Equipment v A & C Constructions [2009] NSWSC 1362

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

Peter’s of Kensington v Seersucker Pty Ltd [2008] NSWSC 897

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

Stemcor (A/sia) Pty Ltd v CV Scheepvaartonderneming Ankergracht [2005] 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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10 May 2018
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17 May 2019
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