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Graham Connolly

Admission Year: 2008

Contact Details

Tel: (+61 2) 9220 9818
Fax: (+61 2) 9233 4209
E-mail: gafc@blackstone.com.au

Areas of Practice

Appellate Advocacy
Commercial, Corporations and Securities Law
Constitutional, Public and Administrative Law
Corporate Insolvency
Corporations Law
Criminal
Equity and Trusts
Inquests, Royal Commissions and Statutory Tribunals
Industrial and Employment
Insurance Law
Trade Practices and Competition
Wills and Probate
Transportation and Admiralty

Clerk Details

Kristen Sproule
t: +61 (02) 9220 9810
e:

Graham Connolly

Professional Career

Graham Connolly was called to the Bar in 2008.

In the period 2010 to 2015, Mr Connolly has been briefed to advise and appear in the following large commercial and financial services matters:

  • Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank of Queensland Limited (see citations below in the Supreme Court of NSW and NSW Court of Appeal);
  • Bathurst Regional Council v Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd (No 4) [2011] FCA 1181;
  • The City of Sydney v Streetscape Projects (Australia) Pty Limited& Anor (see below for relevant citations in the Supreme Court of NSW and NSW Court of Appeal);
  • Land Enviro Corp Pty Limited v HTT Huntley Heritage Pty Limited [2012] NSWSC 382

Mr Connolly has appeared as counsel in constitutional, public law and commercial cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, including for the successful appellants in the landmark decision of the High Court on Chapter III of the Constitution in International Finance Trust Company Limited v New South Wales Crime Commission (2009) 240 CLR 319.

In addition, Mr Connolly’s practice has also involved being briefed to appear at mediations and provide opinions in a number of areas of commercial and public law such as:

  • advising in relation to disputes among joint venturers and among private company shareholders;
  • advising insurance companies on issues of indemnity and reinsurance;
  • advising company directors and officers on issues of liability for breaches of the Corporations Act and various duties, and in relation to penalties;
  • advising companies with assets subject to freezing and confiscation orders under Commonwealth and New South Wales proceeds of crime legislation; and
  • advising companies and company directors/officers that are either prosecuting or defending allegations of fraud and misleading or deceptive conduct.

Mr Connolly's advice is also sought on injunctions and other urgent interlocutory applications such as freezing orders (Mareva orders) and search orders (Anton Piller) orders under both New South Wales and Commonwealth law.

Mr Connolly is a regular presenter at the NSW Bar Association on "Practice and Procedure" under New South Wales and Commonwealth law.

Mr Connolly is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA(Hons)) and the University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Laws-Dean's Merit List). On completion of his university studies, Mr Connolly served as a Judge's Associate/Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Austin of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and then to the Hon. Justice Callinan of the High Court of Australia. Prior to his call to the Bar, Mr Connolly was a corporate and securities lawyer at the leading firm of Atanaskovic Hartnell, where he worked on a variety of corporate and commercial matters, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions (both hostile and relatively amicable), as well as generalist legal and compliance advice work for public and private companies, particularly merchant banks and private equity investors.

Mr Connolly is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and holds the Queen's Commission in the rank of Lieutenant Commander, RANR. He has been an active reservist for over 20 years. LtCdr Connolly has served at sea and ashore with the Royal Australian Navy, including operational deployments in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf, as well as ashore in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and in East Timor.

Examples of Recent Cases

Mr Connolly has been briefed to appear in a number of cases in various courts since coming to the Bar. Included among those cases are the following:

High Court of Australia

International Finance Trust Company Limited v New South Wales Crime Commission (2009) 240 CLR 319   [Constitutional Law: Chapter III] 

New South Wales Court of Appeal

Rossmick No 1 Pty Ltd v Bank of Queensland [2012] NSWCA 85 (4 April 2012) [Cross-Vesting]

International Finance Trust Company Limited v New South Wales Crime Commission (No 2) [2010] NSWCA 46  [Administrative Law - Jurisdiction and Procedural fairness] 

Stapley v Towing Masters Pty Ltd [2009] NSWCA 382  [Carriers - carriage of goods - common carriers] 

International Finance Trust Company Ltd v New South Wales Crime Commission (2008) 251 ALR 479  [Constitutional Law: Chapter III and the Supreme Court of New South Wales] 

Federal Court of Australia

Bathurst Regional Council v Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd (No 5) [2012] FCA 1200 [Corporations-Financial Products (Derivatives)-Breach of Contract-Equitable Remedies]

Bathurst Regional Council v Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd (No 4) [2011] FCA 1181 (19 October 2011) [Practice and Procedure: Leave to Cross-Examine]

Bathurst Regional Council v Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd (No 3) [2011] FCA 515 [Practice and Procedure: Further Discovery]

Bathurst Regional Council v Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd [2010] FCA 1395 [Practice and Procedure: Leave to file cross-claim against a non-party]

IFTC Broking Services Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2010] FCAFC 22  [Practice and Procedure: Costs] 

Commissioner of Taxation v Grimaldi (No. 3) [2009] FCA 740  [Equity: mixture of funds - Practice and Procedure: costs] 

Commissioner of Taxation v Grimaldi (No. 8) [2009] FCA 769 [Practice and Procedure: Costs] 

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank of Queensland Limited [2014] NSWSC 55 [Trade Practices: misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionability - Torts: Negligent Misstatement - Torts: negligent infliction of psychiatric injury – Limitations of Actions - Employment: independent contractors - Practice and Procedure - Evidence]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank of Queensland Limited (No 16) [2013] NSWSC 418 [Evidence: Privilege]

Galea v Stromer [2013] NSWSC 1720 [Practice and Procedure: requirements of pleadings]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank of Queensland Limited (No 14) [2013] NSWSC 211 [Evidence: Privilege]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank of Queensland Limited (No 13) [2013] NSWSC 90 [Expert Evidence]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 12) [2012] NSWSC 1363 [Procedure: Cross-Examination]

Land Enviro Corp Pty Limited v HTT Huntley Heritage Pty Limited [2012] NSWSC 446 [Costs: Offers of Compromise/Calderbank and Indemnity Costs]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 11) [2012] NSWSC 1196 [Expert Evidence]

Land Enviro Corp Pty Limited v HTT Huntley Heritage Pty Limited [2012] NSWSC 382 [Trade Practices-Misleading or deceptive conduct-Setting aside of consent order discontinuing proceedings-Fiduciary duties-Recission-Affirmation-Restitutio in integrum - Agency]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 10) [2012] NSWSC 1181 [Procedure, Evidence, Trade Practices]

Land Enviro Corp Pty Limited & Ors v HTT Huntley Heritage Pty Limited & Ors [2012] NSWSC 177 [Evidence: Expert Evidence]

Land Enviro Corp Pty Limited & Ors v HTT Huntley Heritage Pty Limited & Ors [2012] NSWSC 122 [Evidence: Hearsay]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 9) [2012] NSWSC 154 [Procedure: Application to amend]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 8) [2011] NSWSC 1514 [Procedure: Application to amend and Particulars]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 7) [2011] NSWSC 1265 [Procedure: Strike Out application for defective pleadings and statute barred causes of action]

Traderight (NSW) Pty Ltd & Ors v Bank Of Queensland Limited (No 6) [2011] NSWSC 972 [Procedure: Strike Out application for defective pleadings]

The City of Sydney v Streetscape Projects (Australia) Pty Limited & Anor [2010] NSWSC 608  [Practice and Procedure: Injunctions] 

NSW Crime Commission v The Beneficial Owners of Various Bank and Share Trading Accounts [2009] NSWSC 322  [Courts: functus officio] 

Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club Ltd v Roberts [2008] NSWSC 845   [Corporations Act: Directors' duties - confidential information]