Desmond Sweeney


Contact Details:
t: 02 8355 7100
f: 02 9210 0530

Desmond’s primary practice is commercial litigation, class actions, regulatory investigations, finance and taxation litigation. He has been involved in claims worth in excess of $41 billion.

Desmond was selected by his peers as one of the leading commercial litigation lawyers in Best Lawyers International and The Australian Financial Review for 5 years in a row.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Desmond was a commercial litigation partner at Freehills (now, Herbert Smith Freehills) for 12 years.

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Desmond has acted for a broad range of companies or their directors, including nearly all the leading investment and commercial banks (Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, ANZ, Greenhill Caliburn, Babcock & Brown and Members Equity Bank); private equity (Goldman Sachs, Archer Capital, Westpac Private Equity, Australian Capital Equity); corporate trustees (BNY Mellon, Australian Executor Trustees, the Trust Company of Australia); major media companies (Seven Network, Fairfax, Southern Cross Broadcasting); property development (GPT Property Trust, IKEA, Mirvac, Lend Lease, Leighton Holdings, Multiplex); health services (Bupa, Mayne Nickless Health, Sydney IVF and Genea) as well as numerous other listed and private companies.

He represents directors and senior management before regulatory inquiries.

Desmond’s strategic skills are highly regarded and he often becomes involved in matters at an early stage, to create and maximise strategic options for his clients.

Solicitor: 1990

Barrister: 2015

Areas of Practice:
Banking and Finance Litigation
Class Actions
Commercial Litigation
Competition Law
Contract Disputes
Human Rights
Professional Negligence claims
Regulatory investigations (ASIC, ACCC, ACMA, APRA)

CV Available Upon Request

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