Angela Bowne SC

Admission Year: 1985

Year taken Silk: 2003

Contact Details

Tel: (+61 2) 9220 9800
Fax: (+61 2) 9237 0876

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Consumer Law
Intellectual Property
Professional Negligence

Clerk Details

Kristen Sproule
t: +61 (02) 9220 9810
m: 0410 26 25 20

Angela Bowne SC

Professional Career

B.Leg.S. (Hons), B.A.


Angela has practised at the Bar since 1986 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. With substantial expertise particularly in intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution, she now concentrates on 

  • conducting mediations, expert determinations, neutral evaluations and other ADR processes
  • advising on dispute resolution, litigation strategy and ethical issues
  • advising on intellectual property and defamation issues
  • chairing settlement conferences and sensitive business meetings
  • acting as a disciplinary officer or member of complaints panels.


Angela brings a unique dispute resolution toolkit to her work.  She has over 30 years’ experience of litigation, 6 years working in courts prior to that and adjudicative experience on the Copyright Tribunal.  She combines a deep knowledge of the law, the realities of litigation and court procedures with extensive alternative dispute resolution expertise and her own commercial experience.    She ran her own businesses before joining the Bar and has been director or chair of a number of non-profit companies.    She has a practical and commercial approach to disputes.

Angela is an accredited mediator under the National Standards and a BarADR approved expert determiner and arbitrator.  She is a member of the mediation panels of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Supreme Court of NSW, District Court of NSW, NSW Bar Association and LEADR.  She is also a member of the dispute resolution panel for APRA AMCOS.  

Practice as a barrister

 Angela’s practice as a barrister has focused primarily on copyright, patents, trade marks, contracts and consumer law.  Since 2010 she has been listed in Doyle’s Guide as a leading senior counsel in IP in NSW.  In 2015, she was listed as one of the three leading women IP senior counsel in Australia. She is also experienced in defamation, professional negligence, franchising, banking and finance law and commercial law.

She has a special interest in arts, media, entertainment, publishing, journalism, science, technology, pharmaceutical and medical law.  She is very experienced in large scale and multi-party litigation, case management, large scale discovery, procedural disputes, confidentiality issues, litigation strategy, and dealing with experts.  

Dispute Resolution Practice

 In her litigation practice, Angela has had day-to-day experience of negotiating and settling substantive and procedural disputes and representing clients in mediations, arbitrations and other ADR processes.  She trained as a mediator after appearing in AWA v Daniels (t/a Deloittes), the first case ordered to mediation by an Australian court in 1992. 

Since then, she has mediated a wide variety of disputes of varying sizes and value, the vast majority of which have settled on the day or shortly afterwards.  She regularly mediates in copyright, patents, trade marks, defamation, professional negligence, commercial law and contract disputes. 

She has conducted expert determinations and neutral evaluations as an independent expert in contract, intellectual property and business disputes.  She has had adjudicative experience as a part-time member of Copyright Tribunal from 1998 to 2007. She also acts as a facilitator, chairing settlement conferences and sensitive business meetings.  She participates in complaints boards and acts as a disciplinary officer. 

Angela has a deep understanding of the preparation and strategy that clients and their lawyers need to engage in for successful mediations and other ADR processes, and the decisions that face them before and during an ADR process.  She is experienced in advising on timing, type of process and strategy to ensure a successful ADR process. 

ADR Training:  LEADR 4 day workshop (1992); Colorado Advanced Mediation 3 day course (1994); MATA Advanced Mediation 6 day Workshop (2008); NSW Bar Association 1 Day Workshops:  Mediation (2008); Advanced Mediation (2009, 2014); ADR (2010, 2011); NSW Bar Expert Determination Workshops (2010); NSW Bar Arbitration Workshops (2010, 2012); Australian Commercial Disputes Centre Advanced Mediation Course (2011); CiArb Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration (2011); WIPO Workshop for Mediators in Art and Cultural Heritage (2012); ACICA/NSW Bar Association ADR Workshop (2013). 

Selected online courses:  The Art of Negotiation (University of California, Irvine); Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills (University of Michigan); Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator (Yale).


Editorial Board, Intellectual Property of Australia & NZ Journal, 2004 to date

Chair, NSW Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2008-2015

Chair, NSW Bar Association Pre-Litigation Requirements Committee, 2010-2013

National Mediator Accreditation Committee, 2008-2015

NSW Supreme Court ADR Steering Committee, 2011-2015

NSW ADR Blueprint Steering Committee, 2008-2010

Director, Australian International Commercial Arbitration Centre, 2011-2015

Senior Counsel Selection Committee, NSW Bar Association, 2011,

Chair, Judging Panel, NSW Bar Association Media Awards, 2005-2007

NSW Bar Association Equal Opportunity Committee, 2002-2007

NSW Bar Association Mediation Committee, 2005-2007


Chair, Sydney Chamber Opera Inc, 2012 to date

Chair, ATYP Foundation, 2008 to date

Dean’s Advisory Council, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW 2010 to date

Australian International Commercial Arbitration Centre, 2011-2015

107 Projects Inc, 2011-2012

Synergy Percussion & TaikOz, 2011-2012

UNSW Press/NewSouth Publishing, 2004-2010

President, International PEN Sydney Inc, 2006-2007

Australian Theatre for Young People, 1993-2005

Level 62 Pty Ltd, 1991-1993, 2003-2004, 2011-2012


Publications and Presentations

Recent presentations

Ethics for IP, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, 2nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, LegalWise, March 2016

Ethical Dilemmas, Annual Civil Litigation Seminar, NSW Law Society, March 2016

Mediation Refresher: Confidentiality v Disclosure, NSW Law Society, March 2016

Technology: Friend or Foe? Professional Skills Seminar, College of Law, March 2016

Ethical Dilemmas for Barristers, Blackstone Chambers, March 2016

Technology – Do Barristers Need To Be Competent? Blackstone Chambers, March 2016

Mindfulness in Mediation Debate, NSW Bar Mediators Network, March 2016

ADR Clinic (various law firms) 2015

ADR – Exploring the Options (various law firms) 2015

Big Pharma and the Generics, The Women’s Club February 2015

Global Arbitration Review Live debate, International Arbitration, November 2014

Is arb-med an option in the region? (facilitator) International Arbitration Conference, November 2014

ADR and the Courts, Civil Justice Reform Seminar, UNSW, September 2014

International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Rules Panel, April 2014

The Future of Mediation in Australia, Panel, Mediation Central March 2014

ADR and IP Cases, IP & Technology Law Annual Conference, February 2014


Selected publications

“Courts, Collecting Societies and Kookaburra”, in Copyfight, ed Phillipa McGuinness (NewSouth Books, 2015)

Reforms to Civil Justice: Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Courts (2015) 39 Aust Bar Rev 275

Zebrafish – The New Black in Biomedical Research,  ISAA Review Vol 13 2014: 21-25

General Editor, LexisNexis Intellectual Property Precedents, 2004-2014

ADR Chapter, LexisNexis Intellectual Property Precedents, 2010 to date

Patents Litigation Chapter, LexisNexis Intellectual Property, 2004 to date


Professional Associations

NSW Bar Association

Copyright Society of Australia

Intellectual Property Association of Australia & NZ

Resolution Institute/LEADR

NSW Women Lawyers Association