Andrew S. Bell SC

Date of admission to the Bar

Date of appointment as Senior Counsel

Areas of practice

Andrew Bell has a broad national practice and has appeared in almost 30 High Court appeals across a broad range of fields, and in numerous special leave applications. He also regularly appears in the New South Wales and Western Australia Courts of Appeal and the Full Court of the Federal Court, as well as at first instance and in domestic and international arbitrations.

His practice includes corporate and commercial litigation, class actions. general appellate matters, public and constitutional law including electoral law, sports law and shipping and transport disputes. He specializes in private international law and transnational litigation and arbitration, in which areas he has taught and written extensively. He has also acted as an arbitrator and appeared in many domestic and international arbitrations.

He has regularly been named in the Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Bet-the-Company Litigation categories in the annual AFR survey of top Australian lawyers, and is ranked Band 1 of all Australian barristers by Chambers Asia Pacific.

Specific areas of practice include::

  • Administrative & public law
  • Appellate practice
  • Arbitration
  • Class actions
  • Commercial law
  • Constitutional law
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Insurance law
  • Professional liability
  • Public & private international law
  • Sports law
  • Trade & transport law

He was a University Medallist in both Economic History and Law at the University of Sydney and was the Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1990. At Oxford, he won the Vinerian Scholarship for first place in the BCL and was also awarded a D.Phil which formed the basis for his subsequent book Forum Shopping in Transnational Litigation (Oxford University Press, 2003). He is also co-author of Nygh’s Conflict of Laws in Australia with Professor Martin Davies and Justice Paul Brereton. In 1990-1991 he was Associate to Sir Anthony Mason. He is the current Treasurer of the NSW Bar Association.

B.A. (Hons) LLB (Hons) (Syd)
B.C.L. (Oxon) D. Phil (Oxon)


Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Sydney Law School
Treasurer, New South Wales Bar Association
Member, New South Wales Bar Council
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

Forum Shopping and Venue in Transnational Litigation (Oxford University Press, 2003)
Nygh’s Conflict of Laws in Australia (LexisNexis, 2010
– Numerous articles (see curriculum vitae)

Notable recent cases include acting for:
• Qantas against Rolls Royce in relation to the engine explosion in an Airbus A380;
• CITIC in numerous cases against Clive Palmer and Mineralogy;
• the Rinehart children in trust litigation against Gina Rinehart;
• Samsung in ongoing disputes with Duro in relation to Roy Hill;
• Channel Seven in various cases arising from the Australian Federal Police raid;
• Justin Hemmes and Merivale in relation to the Coogee Pavilion;
• Harness Racing NSW in relation to cobalt chloride;
• Lanco Resources in relation to the Griffin Coal Mine;
• AECOM Australia in relation to Rivercity Motorway;
• the Australian Electoral Commissioner and the Commonwealth in relation to the election
of Western Australian Senators;
• Senator Bob Day in constitutional challenge to his election;
• New South Wales Law Society in relation to advocates’ immunity;
• the Commonwealth in a class action arising from the Christmas Island tragedy;
• Endeavour Energy in a class action arising from the Springwood bush fires;
• Various high profile restraint of trade cases for Channel Seven, Yahoo and Dun & Bradstreet;
• Various oil and gas arbitrations;
• Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank in relation to accelerated renounceable entitlement offers;
• International distribution dispute relation to Clarins.

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