Frank Lever SC

Admission Year: 1981

Year taken Silk: 2002

Contact Details

From 1st November 2017 at 153 Phillip Street: (+61 2) 9132 5700
Home: (+61 2)  9949 6159
Chambers Fax: (+61 2) 9233 4209
Private Chambers Fax: (+61 2) 9233 5280
Home Fax: (+61 2)  9948 3141

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Corporate Insolvency
Insurance; Property
Trade Practices and Competition

Clerk Details

Kristen Sproule

Frank Lever SC

Professional Career

Frank commenced practice as a legal officer with the New South Wales Department of Labour and Industry in 1968 prosecuting breaches of industrial and work and safety legislation.

During nearly six years abroad (1972-1977) Frank was admitted as a lawyer in Zambia, where he was living for three years by the international accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand to advise the firm and its clients, and to appear in Court in relation to commercial and insolvency matters.  He also acted as lawyer for the (then outlawed) Zambian opposition and for one of the nationalist parties then striving for the independence of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

After working for three years for Moore & Bevins following his return to Australia, Frank went to the Bar in December 1981. He took silk in 2002.

In 1983 Frank was admitted as a lawyer in Papua New Guinea where he has appeared many times over the past twenty eight years, most recently acting on instructions from the Registrar of the National and Supreme Courts to conduct contempt of Court proceedings against various parties arising out of the recent (2011-2012) constitutional disputes.

Having completed the LEADR mediation course (2007), Frank has during the past couple of years acted as mediator in several commercial disputes, including one involving Sydney Ferries.

Examples of Recent Cases

Frank has appeared in around one hundred reported cases, including, (as junior) several landmark High Court decisions in the early 1980s dealing with the Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Publications and Presentations

Since about 1993, Frank has periodically participated as a lecturer, mock trial judge and discussion group leader during Equity Week, part of the Bar Readers Course.  He rewrote and updated several times, the Readers' paper, Equity Problems, dealing with the practice and procedure in the Equity Division.

Educational Background

Batchelor of Laws (Sydney) 1968
Batchelor of Economics (Sydney) 1972
Master of Laws (Sydney) 1981


Bar ADR Arbitrator