Best Barristers in Sydney

Below is a list of the top and leading Barristers in Sydney. To help you find the best Barristers located near you in Sydney, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

This article is updated every 3-4 months.

Sydney’s Best Barristers:

The top rated Barristers in Sydney are:

  • Grahame Richardson SC – Family Law Chambers
  • Gabrielle Bashir SC – Forbes Chambers
  • Peter Batey – Waratah Chambers

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Family Law Chambers

Grahame Richardson SC - Family Law Chambers
Grahame Richardson SC – Family Law Chambers

Grahame Richardson SC is a specialist in Family Law at both trial and appellate level.

He has been a barrister for in excess of 32 years, including over 20 years as Senior Counsel. Family Law has been his predominant area of practice throughout that time and he has participated in many significant cases at first instance and on appeal that have contributed to the developing jurisprudence of the area.

During that time he has developed a keen interest in complex financial cases particularly those involving disputed disclosure of wealth and contested valuations. He has wide ranging experience in all nature of proceedings in courts exercising a Family Law jurisdiction.


Appeals, Binding Financial Agreements, Child Abduction, De-facto Relationships, Family Law, Financial/Property Settlement, Mediation, Relocation


Address1/91 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8218 3000


“Very helpful and professional.” – Kim D.

Forbes Chambers

Gabrielle Bashir SC - Forbes Chambers
Gabrielle Bashir SC – Forbes Chambers

Gabrielle Bashir SC appears regularly in courts at all levels of the criminal justice system – the High Court, Court of Criminal Appeal, Supreme Court, District Court and Local Court. She has appeared in many notable trials and appeals. She has appeared in cases raising constitutional challenges to legislation impinging on the criminal trial process and/or the exercise of judicial discretion. She appears in complex Federal criminal cases on behalf of corporations and individuals.

Gabrielle Bashir also appears in commissions of inquiry and inquests. She has appeared as counsel assisting in inquests pertaining to deaths in custody. She has represented victims of crime in criminal investigations and commissions of inquiry. Her practice includes appearances in disciplinary tribunals and administrative proceedings.


Criminal law, Appellate, Commissions of inquiry and inquests, Corporate crime, Disciplinary proceedings, Administrative law, Statutory offences


Address11/185 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9390 7777


“They are caring, highly intellegent, genuine, brilliant, professional legal representitive which is not always easy to find!” – Edith L.

Waratah Chambers

Peter Batey - Waratah Chambers
Peter Batey – Waratah Chambers

Peter Batey was called to the Bar in 1981. Since admission he has practiced predominantly in the area of family law, throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. He is a founding member of Waratah Chambers.

Peter’s experience is vast in all areas of Family Law from parenting to complex financial matters, and he is a revered member of the NSW Bar taking many Readers under his wing during his time in practice including several of the current members of Waratah Chambers.


Care & Protection, Child abduction, Child Support, Financial, Independent Children’s Lawyer, Mediation & Arbitration, Parenting, Wills & Probate


Address175 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9264 8444


“I’m a solicitor working in Family Law and could not recommend a better Chambers. All Counsel are experts in the field and highly professional, I would not brief any other Chambers.” -Leigh Zimmermann

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