• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (UNSW) 2005

Jonathon Dooley is a barrister specialising in commercial law and equity. His broad practice focuses on several key areas, including class actions, building and construction claims, commercial law, property law and insolvency.

Jonathon has built a strong reputation at the NSW Bar based on his core values of responsiveness, meeting deadlines and being upfront with costs and billing. He is briefed by firms of all sizes – including by large firms in complex high-value litigation,  as well as by boutique firms and regional firms.

From 2008 to 2014, Jonathon worked as a solicitor at Allens, where he was appointed a Senior Associate in 2011. In his role, Jonathan was responsible for a number of complex pieces of commercial litigation. Before that, Jonathan worked as a graduate at Sparke Helmore. In 2006, Jonathon worked as the Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice P.A. Bergin, then the Commercial List Judge in the Equity Division.

Outside of work, Jonathon is married with two kids, two dogs, and two cats. He is also a fan of the NBA.


  • Class actions, including ASX non-disclosure, debenture trustee duties, employee benefits, and COVID-19 business interruption claims.
  • Building and construction claims, including major infrastructure (including mines in Australia and Vietnam, and tunnels used for civilian traffic), liquidated damages for over $20 million, claims for defective work, and security for payment act.
  • Commercial law, including misleading conduct concerning sales of businesses and commercial leases, issuance of performance bonds, derivative actions in relation to large-scale property developments.
  • Property law, including commercial leases, trustees for sale, relief against forfeiture, and extension of caveats.
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy law, including unfair preferences and uncommercial transactions, termination of winding up, reinstatement of deregistered companies, and directors’ duties.

Jonathon's Notable Cases

Class action for employee benefits. Jonathon appeared for the group members in a class action for telecommunications technicians. The proceedings concerned with whether they are independent contractors or employees (led by Mr Pike SC).

Derivative action in relation to large property development. Jonathon appeared for an advisor who was alleged to have provided incorrect advice in connection with the entry into options for a property development worth $200 million (led by Mr Pike SC).

Insurance dispute relating to Queensland Floods Class Action. Jonathon appeared for Sunwater in relation to a dispute with its insurers concerning liability following the Queensland Floods Class Action, relating to whether a particular exclusion clause was engaged (led by Mr Sheahan KC and Mr Kidd SC).

Bankruptcy case regarding superannuation benefits. Jonathon appeared for trustees in bankruptcy in proceedings at first instance and on appeal to the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia concerning whether the trustees were able to clawback superannuation contributions pursuant to s 128B of the Bankruptcy Act 1966, in what appears to have been the first intermediate appellate court consideration… READ MORE

Latest News and Cases

COVID issues in contract and property: It might not be novel, but it still lingers.
24 Mar 2023
Greenway Chambers
Carmel Lee
Jonathon Dooley
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Commerce and COVID-19: A song of Pandemic and Insolvency CPD
26 Feb 2021
Carmel Lee
Jonathon Dooley
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