Bruce Connell

Admission Year: 1989

Contact Details

Now at 4 Selborne Chambers
Tel: (+61 2) 9236 4922
Mobile: (+61) 408 837 543
Fax: (+61 2) 9237 0862


Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Building and Construction
Trade Practices and Competition

Clerk Details

Kristen Sproule

Bruce Connell

Professional Career

Bruce Connell has a predominantly commercial and equity practice, including companies, trade practices and trusts. He also has substantial experience in defamation and other aspects of media law. Aside from numerous interlocutory and final hearings the usual associated chamberswork, his practice has included a substantial amount of advising, including for Semi-Government instrumentalities, and legal and other and professional partnerships. He has conducted a substantial number of mediations for parties. He mainly appears in the Supreme Court of NSW and in the Federal Court of Australia. He has also conducted a substantial number of cases in the ACT.

Before coming to the bar, he was a partner of Blake Dawson Waldron, with a practice in commercial litigation and media law, predominantly for institutional clients. His early professional years were spent working as a research assistant for the Western Australian Attorney General and the Solicitor General specialising in constitutional law, and articling and subsequently working at Freehills in Sydney and then working at Blake Cassels and Graydon in Toronto, Canada, in commercial practice including banking, and mergers and acquisitions.

He has an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada conducted by thesis (competition law, parallel pricing) and coursework.

Bruce Connell is also an arbitrator certified as a BarADR Arbitrator by the NSW Bar Association.

Examples of Recent Cases

Madison Constructions Pty Ltd v Empire Building Pty Ltd. FCA 23 March 2012 Interlocutory injunction obtained in a passing off/ Commercial and Consumer Law case.

GMW Urban v Alexandria Landfill [2012] NSWSC 237. Injunction against presentation of a letter of credit in a building case.

Lloyd Jones v Allen reserved, heard March 2012; appeal in a defamation case; also for the successful respondent at trial.

McMillan Investments Holdings Pty Ltd v North Coast Beach Property Pty
Limited [2011] NSWSC 1363; dispute over a loan and mortgage.

Beach Coast Property Pty Ltd v North Coast Beach Property Pty Ltd & Anor [2011] NSWSC 1089. Dispute over a trust.

Examples of cases in the course for preparation for trial include a trade practice case, an oppression case, a banking case concerning derivative products, a complex contractual dispute, building case and a defamation case and a class action.

Publications and Presentations

He has authored various publications and seminars including in recent years including Preparation of Evidence by Affidavit, Defamation and the Internet, Reputation Management, Protecting Business Reputation, Trade Practices Law and Government Instrumentalities.

As a lecturer in law for a relatively brief period he taught commercial law, contracts, trade practices, taxation and securities market regulation, and prepared the structure and content of courses in contract and "Foundations of Law".

Educational Background

Bachelor of Jurispudence UNSW 1973
Bachelor of Laws UNSW 1976
Master of Laws (Osgoode Hall Toronto, Canada) 1979


Commercial Law Association
Communications and Media Law Association
Institute of Company Directors