• 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, and employee benefits.
  • Building and construction claims, including claims for defective work and Home Building Act claims.
  • Commercial law, including unconscionable conduct by lenders, misleading conduct in respect of issuance of performance bonds and contract claims regarding adjustment of rent clauses, and shareholder disputes.
  • Property law, including relief of forfeiture, make-good obligations and extension of caveats.
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy law, including unfair preferences and uncommercial transactions, termination of winding up and reinstatement of deregistered companies.

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).

Arbitration concerning a mine in Vietnam. Jonathon appeared in a Singapore arbitration hearing concerning a Vietnamese mine (led by Mr Sheahan QC).

Proceeds of Crime Act litigation. Jonathon appeared in AAT, NSWSC and NSWCA litigation, which concerned applications to exclude property from the reach of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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