Bharan Narula Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

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narula@wardellchambers.com.au

Admitted to practice in 2010 and called to the Bar in 2016, Bharan accepts briefs in matters at first instance and on appeal in both civil and criminal law jurisdictions.
His civil law practice has seen him briefed in a wide variety of matters for government bodies, corporations and individuals, ranging from public/administrative law matters and general contractual disputes, to matters pertaining to succession, probate, wills, equity and family provision. He has a strong interest in appellate, constitutional and administrative law.
Possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in criminal law, Bharan has appeared both led and unled in a wide variety of matters for both prosecution and defence. Such experience has ranged from government, corporate and regulatory prosecutions relating to cartels; acting for government departments; prosecuting work, health and safety matters; as well as appearing in criminal appeals and trials for prosecution and defence. He also appears for both Legal Aid NSW and the Commissioner of Corrective Services before the New South Wales State Parole Authority.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Bharan gained significant experience in the criminal law field for six years, having worked at Nyman Gibson Stewart (as it then was), the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW / ACT) and Legal Aid NSW. Such experience saw him regularly appearing in the Children’s Court, Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales and the State Parole Authority. Previously, he also worked as a paralegal and gained experience in corporate law, insolvency, intellectual property, shareholder agreements and the provision of general corporate advice.
Bharan holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also attended the University of Copenhagen in Denmark on an exchange scholarship and received distinctions in International Space Law and Mathematics (Chaos Theory) at the Niels Bohr Institute.

ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE
  • 2016    Called to the Bar of New South Wales
  • 2010    Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • 2010     Bachelor of Laws : University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2010   Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) :University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2009   Niels Bohr Institute and University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Exchange Scholarship)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  •  2016–present Barrister, Wardell Chambers
  • 2015–2016   Solicitor,Legal Aid NSW
  • 2011–2015    Solicitor, Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT
  • 2009–2011    Solicitor, Nyman Gibson Stewart
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
  • Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law
  • Member, Australian Bar Association Criminal Law Committee
  • Member,New South Wales Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • The Veiled Scepter: The Dismissal of Governments: March2019–presented as a CPD at Wardell Chambers
  • The Duty of a Member of Parliament and Exclusive Cognisance [2018] (Spring) Bar News at 35-36  http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/NSWBarAssocNews/2018/64.pdf
  • Standard of Proof: Beyond Reasonable Doubt : March 2018 https://criminalcpd.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Beyond-Reasonable-Doubt-Bharan-Narula-March- 2018.pdf
  • Parole; Frequently Asked Questions, March 2015 https://criminalcpd.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Parole_FAQ__Bharan_Narula.pdf
SELECT CASES
  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions v Haddad, Daher & Ors [2019] NSWCA 55 (Bell P; White and Brereton JJA) – Acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings (unled)
  • Obeid v The Queen [2018] HCATrans 54( application for special leave to appeal: Bell,Keaneand EdelmanJJ) (led by P Neil SC, R C A Higgins SC); Obeid v R (2017) NSWCCA 221; (2017) 96 NSWLR 155; 350 ALR 103 (Bathurst CJ, Leeming JA, R A Hulme, Hamill and N Adams JJ) (led by P Neil SC, V McWilliam) – Acted for the respondent Crown in appeal against conviction and sentence; Inter alia, questions about the content of the duty of trust owed by a member of parliament and the contours of exclusive cognisance
  • Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd v Glaxo Smith Kline Australia Pty Ltd [2018] FCAFC 138; (No2) [2018] FCAFC 153 (McKerracher, Yates and Gleeson JJ). Trial proceedings: GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd v Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited (No 2) [2018] FCA 1; (No 3) [2018] FCA 183 (Foster J) – Acted for GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd in a misleading or deceptive advertising matter, consideration of whether there was adequate foundation in body of scientific knowledge (led by R Cobden SC and H P T Bevan)
  •  Wood v State of New South Wales [2018] NSWSC 1247 (Fullerton J) – Acted for the defendant in malicious prosecution proceedings (led by P Neil SC, A Williams)
  • Dickson v R (No2) [2018] NSWCCA183;(No3)[2018] NSWCCA 242 (Macfarlan JA,Schmidt and Wilson JJ)– Appeal against conviction and sentence where previously determined (led by M G McHugh SC)
  • Obeid v R(No1) [2016] NSWCCA 320; (No2) [2016] NSWCCA 321 (Bathurst C J,Hoeben CJ at CL,R A Hulme J) – Bail pending appeal (led by M G McHugh SC)
  • Steinmetz v Shannon [2019] NSWCA 114 (White, Brereton JJA, Simpson AJA)–Acted for appellant widow of deceased in family provision matter involving questions of the freedom of testamentary disposition (led by L Ellison SC)
  • Strang v Steiner NSWCA (reserved) – Acted for appellant in family provision matter (appeal from [2018] NSWSC 495; [2018] NSWSC 1411) (led by L Ellison SC)
  • Colegrove v Dullaghan [2016] NSWSC 1105; (No2) [2016] NSWSC 1236 (RobbJ)–Acted for plaintiff in matter propounding an informal testamentary instrument (led by L Ellison SC)