Kathryn Pacey

Kathryn Pacey’s clients – both public and private sector – get specialist environment and planning law advice, backed up by a track record in environment and planning litigation in the Planning and Environment Court, inquiries and Supreme Court.

Her particular focus on major projects approvals and environmental assessments has led to her managing project approvals from application stage through to compliance for some of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure and resources projects.

More generally, Kathryn helps clients with their obligations under environment laws, from the day-to-day issues such as site environmental compliance, through to the complex and high-profile problems of incident management.

She also carries out due diligence for vendors and purchasers of land, agricultural businesses, mining interests and industrial facilities.

Other environment and planning issues that Kathryn advises on include master planning for new communities; vegetation clearing and offsets; waste management; local, State and Commonwealth heritage issues; contamination; water licensing; compliance and town planning.


Best Lawyers Australia: voted by peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in

– Mining law (2014-2019)
– Natural Resources law (2014-2019)
– Planning and Environmental law (2015-2019)
– Climate Change law (2015-2019)

IFLR 1000: ranks Kathryn as a notable practitioner (2018)

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ): Finalist for Woman Lawyer of the Year (2015)


– Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences), University of Queensland (2000)
– Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (2001)
– Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology (2001)
– Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology (2005)

Admitted to Practice:

– Queensland (2001)
– High Court of Australia (2003)


– Queensland Law Society
– Queensland Resources Council


Clayton Utz’s Brisbane office is in the award-winning Riparian Plaza in the central business district of Brisbane, close to the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier.

Victor Borzillo

Victor Borzillo has extensive experience in the construction and major projects industries and provides tailored and commercially focused advice in relation to structuring projects, preparing, negotiating and administering contracts and resolving complex disputes and claims through a range of court proceedings, arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations and general commercial negotiations.

As well as many years of private practice experience, Victor has considerable in-house experience as an independent consultant providing both legal and project management services. As well as providing external advice, he has also worked internally as part of large project teams responsible for the delivery and commissioning of major marine, mining, manufacturing and water infrastructure projects.

Victor is regularly called upon by national and international senior executives and boards across a range of business sectors to provide advice on commercial and project related issues.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Master of Laws (majoring in alternative dispute resolution).

Area of Expertise:

– Commercial contracts and advice
– Construction and engineering
– Construction disputes
– Construction project procurement, risk management and contract administration
– Infrastructure, major projects and PPPs
– Project structuring


– Society of Construction Law Australia
– Australian Water Association
– Queensland Law Society

Our History:

George Williams BEc LLB (Hons) Macq, LLM UNSW, PhD ANU

George Williams AO is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, and visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Columbia University Law School in New York, and Durham University and University College London in the United Kingdom.

He has written and edited 35 books, including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia and Human Rights under the Australian Constitution. He has appeared as a barrister in the High Court in many cases over the past two decades, including on freedom of speech, freedom from racial discrimination and the rule of law. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Fiji, including on the legality of the 2000 coup.

As chair of the Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee in 2005 he helped bring about Australia’s first State bill of rights, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. In 2007 he chaired a NSW Government inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System that produced the historic referral of State industrial power over the private sector to the Commonwealth. He has also served on a High Level Advisory Group on Federal-State Relations, was a member of the NSW Government’s Panel to Examine Recall Elections and assisted the Northern Territory in its attempt to become Australia’s seventh State as a member of its Constitutional Convention Committee.

George is a well-known media commentator on legal issues. He has been a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times and an on-air analyst for ABC Television. He is currently a columnist for The Australian, and reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Weekend Australian and Books and Arts Daily on ABC Radio National.

George was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011: ‘For distinguished service to the law in the fields of anti-terrorism, human rights and constitutional law as an academic, author, adviser and public commentator.’

Areas of Expertise:

Charters of Rights, Constitutional Law, Electoral Law, Federalism, Human Rights and Social Justice, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, Law Reform, National Security and Terrorism, Public Law, Referendums.


– Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow
– AsiaRights Journal, Editorial Board
– Australasian Parliamentary Review, Editorial Board
– Australian Academy of Law, Fellow
– Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Member
– Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Member
– Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, Advisory Board
– Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London School of Law, International Advisory Group
– Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Member Australian Press Freedom Committee
– New South Wales Bar Association, Member
– New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Advisory Board
– Public Policy, Editorial Board

Research Supervision:

– Shipra Chordia (PhD; ‘Proportionality and the Australian Constitution’)
– Genna Churches (PhD; ‘Mass Surveillance and Data Retention in Australia’)
– Harry Hobbs (PhD; ‘Aboriginal Peoples and Public Law Reform’)
– Soula Papadopoulos (SJD; ‘Co-operative Federalism is not a Constitutional Term’)


– 2012-2014 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘New Models of Co-Operative Federalism In Australia: Constitutional Principles and Practice’ (with Dr AN Lynch).
– 2009-2014 ARC Laureate Fellowship for ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’
– 2009-2011 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Federalism for the 21st Century – A Framework for Achieving Reform and Change’ (with Dr AN Lynch; Prof G Craven; Prof NA Warren).
– 2008 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Upgrade Project’ (with Prof J Thomas; Prof B Costar; Prof RE Tiffen; A/Prof JD Spoehr).
– 2008 UNSW GoldStar Grant for ‘Reforming Australian Federalism’ (with Dr A Lynch, Prof G Craven, Prof N Warren).
– 2006 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Development Project’ (with Prof J Thomas; A/Prof RE Tiffen; Dr PA Strangio; Prof B Costar; A/Prof JD Spoehr)
– 2005-2009 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Terrorism and Public Law after September 11’.
– 2005-2006 ARC Linkage Grant for ‘Regional Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: The Development of a Legal Framework and Practical Models to Address Discrimination and Disadvantage.’ (with Larissa Behrendt).
– 2005 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Enhancement Project’ (with Prof J Thomas, Dr D Burchell, Dr B Costar and A/Prof RE Tiffen).
– 2004-2009 ARC Research Network Grant for ‘The Governance Research Network (GovNet)'(with 50 partners).
– 2004 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Archive Project’ (with Dr JD Thomas, Dr DL Meredyth, Dr D Burchell and Dr B Costar).
– 2003-2004 Law and Justice Foundation Grant for ‘”Homeless Persons” Legal Rights (Pilot) Project’ (with Cassandra Goldie).
– 2002-2004 Myer Foundation Grant for ‘A Framework for a Shared Future’ (via Reconciliation Australia).
– 2002-2005 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘International Challenges to the Australian Legal System Trade and Human Rights’ (with Hilary Charlesworth)
– 2002-2004 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Public Law Implications of Treaty Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians’ (with Larissa Behrendt and Lisa Strelein).
– 2002-2003 ARC Linkage Grant for ‘Australian Electoral Law Building a System for the 21st Century’ (with Graeme Orr).
– 1999-2001 National Council for the Centenary of Federation Grant for ‘Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia’ (with Michael Coper and Tony Blackshield).
– 1999-2000 Canadian Studies Faculty Research Program Grant for ‘Interveners in Public Interest Litigation in Canada and Australia’.
– 1998-2000 Large ARC Grant for ‘A Scholarly Companion to the High Court of Australia’ (with Michael Coper and Tony Blackshield).
– 1998 Small ARC Grant for ‘Australian and United States Constitutional Law: Influences and Comparisons’ (with Adrienne Stone).
– 1997 Small ARC Grant for ‘Industrial Relations and the Australian Constitution’.
– 1996-1997 Small ARC Grant for ‘Human Rights under the Australian Constitution’.

Stuart Windybank

Stuart Windybank has developed his specialist insurance law practice to enable him to provide a broad range of legal services to Australian-based and international authorised insurers, underwriting agencies, general insurance brokers, self insurers and public authorities on all aspects of their general liability (Public and Product liability, product recall, and financial injury), contract works and construction liability exposures and environmental and energy liability claims.

Stuart’s general public liability practice includes litigated and unmitigated claims for personal injury, product liability and property damage, as well as indemnity advice and drafting of relevant insurance provisions and litigation for insureds and insurers in respect of policy interpretation.

Firm Overview:

McCabes is a leading Australian law firm with a reputation for delivering high quality service.

Led by Managing Principal, Andrew Lacey, McCabes was founded in 1991 by Terry McCabe with a small office of five employees. McCabes has since grown to over 100 staff with teams of specialists that provide quality and timely advice across a broad range of industries.

McCabes is a principal-driven firm with the flexibility to act quickly, the resources to deliver quality, and the efficiency to provide services at competitive rates.

The feedback we receive indicates we are easy to work with because of our collaborative approach and the accessibility of our principals. Balanced with a strong internal emphasis on culture and values, McCabes has the capability to combine innovation with commercial savviness to bring rewarding outcomes to all our clients.

Celebrating over 25 years, McCabes has transformed from a small, trusted legal team, into an outstanding young firm of over 65 lawyers who are passionate about delivering quality work.

Ruth Higgins

Ruth Higgins appears in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies (Volkswagen, Nissan, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolworths) energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia, Hydro Tasmania), media companies (Today FM, Seven, Nine) and government instrumentalities (ACCC, NCC, ASIC, OAIC and APRA).

She has appeared at various enquiries including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquiry, and at private and public hearings of the ICAC and at the Special Commission of Enquiry into Electricity Transactions. She is currently acting for the CBA in the Banking Royal Commission.

Ruth is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal and a pool member of the Dispute Resolution Panel appointed under the National Electricity Rules. She is a member of the Council of the Bar Association of NSW and the Chair of a professional conduct committee.

Ruth won the Glasgow University medal in law, completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at New College Oxford.  Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004), three collections of essays co-edited with Justin Gleeson SC and a forthcoming monograph, Law’s Candour (all through Federation Press).

Ruth has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 and Chambers Global since 2011, and is currently listed as a new silk.  She is listed in Doyle’s Guide as a leading silk for competition law, and also in commercial litigation and insolvency law.

Firm Overview:

Banco Chambers was opened on 10 March 2005 in the Reserve Bank Building by the Hon. J.J. Spigelman AC Chief Justice of New South Wales. It then consisted of 15 members, made up of 3 silks and 12 juniors.

Banco Chambers expanded in January 2009 taking a floor in Chifley Tower and 15 new junior barristers. Our inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth. Since Justin’s appointment Robert Newlinds SC has been our Head of Chambers.

Two of our foundation members, Justice Christine Adamson and Justice Fabian Gleeson are now Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Appeal respectively.

Banco has always been and remains a youthful progressive floor committed to providing the highest level of service in the rapidly changing legal market. All of our barristers have superior and specialised advocacy skills enabling them to add value to any case in any court, tribunal or arbitration. Our barristers are also specialists in various fields where they provide sensible, commercial, objective and accurate advice.

We now have 30 members of varying levels of seniority, including seven of Australia’s leading Silks, Tom Blackburn SC, Peter Brereton SC, Andrew Coleman SC, Robert Dick SC, Richard McHugh SC, Cameron Moore SC and Robert Newlinds SC.

Our senior junior and junior barristers are Clarissa Amato, Farid Assaf, Darrell Barnett, Timothy Breakspear, Nicholas Bender, Anthony D’Arcy, Sandy Dawson, Kristen Deards, Ruth Higgins, Anne Horvath, Elliot Hyde, Ben Kremer, Peter Kulevski, Jonathon Redwood, Katherine Richardson, Declan Roche, Fiona Roughley, Peter Silver, David Sulan, James Watson, Christopher Withers, Tiffany Wong and Robert Yezerski.

Dennis Miralis

Dennis Miralis is a leading Australian criminal defence lawyer and adviser whose practice focuses on providing strategic legal representation in all aspects of complex local and international criminal law including:

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Money laundering
  • Serious fraud
  • Murder
  • Commercial drug supply
  • Drug importation
  • Sexual assaults
  • Driving matters causing death

Dennis Miralis specialises in representing clients in transnational / international criminal law matters such as  assets forfeiture proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions (including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Russia, the UK, Canada, Europe, the USA and Mexico) as well as the following areas of transnational / international criminal law:

  • International money laundering law
  • International Proceeds of Crime law
  • Australian crime commission law
  • State crime commission laws
  • Transnational crime
  • Cyber-crime
  • Extradition law
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters Law
  • Anti-Terrorism law
  • National Security law
  • International and Australian Surveillance law
  • Criminal intelligence law
  • Encryption law
  • Controlled Operations Law

Dennis Miralis appears in all courts throughout Australia and regularly travels outside of Australia for complex international / transnational criminal law matters.