Wardell Chambers is a leading barristers’ chambers in Sydney, with outstanding senior and junior counsel providing expert advocacy and sound advice in most areas of the law.

Our Head of Chambers is John Agius SC. He is joined by six other silk, ten senior-juniors, six juniors and two readers – appearing in all jurisdictions, courts and specialist tribunals, from the High Court to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Local Court of New South Wales.

We also have two mediation rooms named after two of our former heads of chambers: the Hon. Tom Hughes AO QC, a former Commonwealth Attorney General and the Hon. Robert Ellicott AC QC, a former Solicitor-General, Commonwealth Attorney General, and justice of the Federal Court of Australia.

If you are looking for legal expertise in a particular area, please see our areas of practice.

If you would like to find the areas in which a particular member of our chambers practices, please take their link from our members’ list.

Our Clerk, Karen Walker-Flynn, is one of the most experienced barrister’s clerks in Australia and has further details on each barrister’s particular skill-sets and can also assist in-house and corporate counsel with further information on briefing the barristers direct.


Founded in 1977 as ’16 Wardell’, our chambers is named after Robert Wardell, one of colonial Australia’s first barristers and responsible for the original division of the roles of solicitor and barrister. We were then located at 16th Floor, 39 Martin Place and moved to our current location in the nearby St. James Centre at 111 Elizabeth St in June 2017, following a resumption to make way for the new Metro station at Martin Place.

Wardell has long been renowned for both its depth and breadth of legal knowledge and experience, with leaders and specialists in wide areas of law. Those briefing the floor benefit from our environment of collegiality where an open-door policy is actively encouraged and practiced by members who freely share their legal expertise from the most junior to senior silk.


The floor has two rooms for readers. Prospective readers should contact our clerk, Karen Walker-Flynn:

Karen Walker-Flynn

DX 379 Sydney

T 02 9231 3133


M 0414 759 675