Alison Stenmark SC Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

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Alison is a highly regarded Senior Counsel with a broad practice across both civil and criminal jurisdictions. In addition to her litigation practice, Alison acts as both arbitrator and mediator, also appearing as counsel in complicated arbitrations and mediations in a wide variety of matters, particularly in family law disputes.
Her practice sees her appearing in both interstate and intrastate matters across a diverse range of jurisdictions. Alison’s civil practice has encompassed disputes involving lengthy and complex issues of law and fact in tort, contract, commerce and family law. She has acted for private clients in New South Wales and Victoria, Government Departments in New South Wales, liquidators and has been briefed on behalf of LawCover. She has also appeared before the Medical Tribunal and has acted for plaintiffs in professional negligence (medical and legal) cases. Her expertise has also extended to acting in resumption/valuation cases against the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).
Alison has appeared as both defence counsel and as prosecutor in many criminal matters, including serious sexual assaults, social security fraud, embezzlement, receiving, false pretences, drug importation and use, conspiracy, culpable driving and many cases concerning summary offences. She has also acted for the Department of Community Services in child sexual abuse cases and the Department of Fair Trading in cases relating to false and misleading conduct in trade and commerce.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She has also completed the IAMA Mediation Course and is an accredited mediator with the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM).

  • 2002    Appointed Senior Counsel
  • 1985    Called to the Bar of New South Wales
  • 1977     Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • 2017   Accreditation with the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • 2008   Completed Mediator’s course with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA)
  • 1976    Bachelor of Laws: University of Sydney
  • 2014–Present  Senior Counsel,Wardell Chambers
  • 2005–2014  Senior Counsel,Edmund Barton Chambers
  • 1985–2005   Barrister, then Senior Counsel, Garfield Barwick Chambers
  • Accredited Family Law Arbitrator, Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM) – since 2017
  • Member,New South Wales Bar Association
  • Member,Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators(IAMA)
  •  Former Member,Bar Council of the NSW Bar Association (2000–2002)
  • Former non-Presidential Judicial Member, Legal Services Division of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (part time) (2004 – 2009)
  • Former Member, Family Law Committee of the New South Bar Association
  • Alison has addressed and delivered several papers at law societies and legal education forums since commencing practise as a barrister
SELECT CASES Royal Commissions, Tribunals, Inquiries and Inquests
  •  Slattery Royal Commission into the Chelmsford Private Hospital – Alison appeared as junior counsel for the licensee and the owners of the real estate on which the hospital was situated
  • Gyles Royal Commission into the Building Industry
  •  Wood Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service for the Police Service
  • The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Medical Research and Compensation Foundation (aka Jackson Inquiry)
  • Acted for Star City Casino in the inquest into the Death of Peter Dalamangas
  • Acted for the police service as Junior and Senior Counsel in Police Integrity Commission (PIC) and in other civil cases
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Inquiries
Select General Matters
  •  Currently acting as Senior Counsel leading a team for members of the Stolen Generation against the State of New South Wales
  • Appeared with Jackson QC in the High Court of Australia in A v State of New South Wales, still the leading Australian case on malicious prosecution and false arrest
  • Briefed by the Crown as Senior Counsel in complex matters concerning serious sexual offenders and furnished advice and appeared when necessary in relation to applications opposing release or imposing conditions upon release
  • Acted for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) prosecuting drug importation matters
  • Advised and appeared in employment/contract matters, one of which resulted in a Special Leave Application in the High Court of Australia
  • Appeared in common law matters including personal injuries claims, professional negligence claims and claims under insurance policies
  • Appeared in complex commercial matters (oppression suits and joint venture agreements) in the Family Court of Australia. These have been heard in the Family Court by virtue of its accrued jurisdiction
  • Appears in complex family law property matters
  • Mediated (as mediator) across a broad range of areas including family law, estate matters and commercial disputes