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Michael Trim is a barrister at Level Twenty Seven Chambers. He has particular expertise in major construction, engineering and energy disputes, together with related insurance and professional negligence matters.
He is listed in Band 1 and one of only nine ranked junior barristers in Australia for Construction & Infrastructure by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2018 (previously listed in 2017 and 2016). He has also been similarly ranked in Doyle’s Guide and the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers 2017, 2018 and 2019 for construction & infrastructure disputes and commercial litigation.
Michael was originally admitted as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia in 1998 and worked for DLA Piper (then Phillips Fox), Clyde & Co and Clifford Chance LLP in Adelaide, Brisbane and London prior to coming to the bar in Brisbane. Michael has been involved in a variety of commercial disputes and international and domestic arbitrations, including acting for Brookfield Multiplex UK in disputes arising out of the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.
Michael’s practice encompasses appearances in courts, arbitrations, mediations and commissions and work as a mediator or arbitrator.
Mei Barnes is a barrister at Level Twenty Seven Chambers. She has a broad commercial practice, drawing upon her experience in building and construction, regulatory and general commercial disputes.
Prior to being called to the bar, Mei worked as an associate to the Hon. Justice Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. Mei has advised both Australian and international clients on complex construction disputes, civil penalty proceedings and general commercial disputes in State and Federal Courts.
Mei holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws as a James Kent Scholar from Columbia University, New York. She is admitted to practice in Australia and in New York.
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