Harry Woods Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

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woods@wardellchambers.com.au


With nearly two decades of experience at the Bar, Harry maintains a diverse practice, regularly representing clients across a broad spectrum of commercial law matters. His extensive practice extends to acting in general commercial disputes, building and construction, administrative law, employment and industrial law, consumer law and trade practices disputes, as well insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He has also developed expertise in judicial and merits reviews of decisions involving applications pursuant to the National Health Act for approvals to supply pharmaceutical benefits.
Appearing predominantly in New South Wales, and occasionally interstate, the jurisdictions in which Harry has gained experience includes the Federal Court of Australia, including the Full Bench of the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Cth), Fair Work Commission, Supreme Court of New South Wales and New South Wales Court of Appeal, District and Local Courts of New South Wales, Industrial Relations Commission (NSW) and the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) including the NCAT Appeal Panel.
A hard-working and approachable barrister, Harry’s commercial and strategic approach is to also consider the cost and financial position of the client when providing advice and/or representation. Complementing his litigation practice, Harry has a deep appreciation for the variety of ways in which disputes can be resolved. To this end, in addition to his legal qualifications, Harry holds a professional certificate in Arbitration through IAMA and is a nationally accredited Mediator with LEADR. He has appeared as both counsel and mediator in disputes and his strong commercial and legal mindset sees him providing practical, cost-effective and efficient advice.
ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE
  • 2000   Called to the Bar of New South Wales
  • 1994   Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wale
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATES
  • 2016  Nationally Accredited Mediator with LEADR (Resolution Institute)
  • 2004 Professional Certificate in Arbitration – IAMA and the University of
  • 1992  Adelaide Diploma of Law: Solicitor’s Admission Board
  • 1989  Bachelor of Arts: University of Sydney
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2001–present  Barrister, Wardell Chambers
  • 2000 – 2001  Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • 1997 – 2000   Solicitor, Clinch Nevill Long
  • 1994 – 1997  Solicitor, Marsdens
  • 1992 – 1994   Legal Clerk, then Solicitor, DPP (Lismore)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Member,Resolution Institute
  • Member, New South Wales Bar Association
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Key Topics in Strata Title and Property Law – Lot Owners Right to claim damages in negligence against an owner’s corporation for failure to maintain or repair common property, UNSW CLE: March 2018
  • Strata Titles Update – Lot Owners claim for damages for failure of owner’s corporation to maintain common property, UNSW CLE: February 2018
  • Strata Title Law: Understanding the Reforms – Off the plan purchasing – Rescission of contract where strata plan not registered, UNSW CLE: March 2016
  • NCAT and the AAT–Tribunal Practise and Procedure–Chair,UNSWCLE:August2015
SELECT CASES Federal Courts and Tribunals
  • Murray v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2017] FCA 705 – Judicial Review of determination of application to supply pharmaceutical benefits
  • Tameeka Group Pty Ltd v Landan Pty Ltd (No 3) [2016] FCA 733 – Commercial dispute; Option to purchase premises; Collateral Contract
  • Assarapin v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2016] FCAFC 9 and Assarapin v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2015] FCA 268 – Judicial Review of determination to approve application to supply pharmaceutical benefits; Appeal from determination in respect of application for Judicial review
  • Lo v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2013] FCA 639 – Judicial Review of determination of application to supply pharmaceutical benefits
  • Armstrong v Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2012] FCA 577 – Judicial Review of determination of application to supply pharmaceutical benefits
  • Issa v Australian Pharmacy Community Authority [2012] FCA 36 – Judicial Review of determination of application to supply pharmaceutical benefits; Application for restraining the determination of other applications until determination of proceedings; Appeal from determination that approval of third party properly cancelled
  •  Flaherty v Secretary,Department of Health and Ageing [2010]FCA and Flaherty v Secretary,Department of Health and Ageing – Judicial Review of determination to cancel approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits (whether natural justice provided before cancellation); Appeal from first instance decision
  • Jackson and Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2008] AAT 656 (29 July 2008) – Pharmacy approval; Merits review
  • Dunsdon and Australian Community Pharmacy Authority and Anor [2012] AAT 307 (22 May 2012) – Pharmacy approval; Merits review
  • Sayegh and The Australian Community Pharmacy Authority [2005] AAT 1078 (28 October 2005) – Pharmacy approval; Merits review
  • Reihana v Mastercare Highrise Cleaning Services Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 353 – Application for review of decision of Full Bench of Fair Work Commission; Whether jurisdictional error; Whether denial of natural justice
  • Metroll & Anor v Francois Sahyoun & Anor (No.2) [2013] FCCA 2088 (20 November 2013) – Bankruptcy
New South Wales Courts and Tribunals
  • Naaman v Sleiman [2014] NSWSC 1869 (24 December 2014) and Naaman v Sleiman[2015]NSWCA259 (1 September 2015) – Repudiation; Damages for breach of contract; Appeal from first instance decision; Interpretation of contract term as to when final payment to be made
  • Christopher John Wright v Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 441 (16 April 2014) and Wright v Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd; Intercon Engineering Pty Ltd v Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 463 (23 December 2014) – Interpretation of contract term as to when final payment to be made; Appeal from first instance decision
  • RHG Mortgage Corporation Limited v Rosario Ianni [2011] NSWSC 580 (17 June 2011) – Contracts review in respect of Bank mortgage/guarantee
  • Lovick & Son Developments Pty Ltd & Anor v Doppstadt Australia Pty Ltd & Anor [2012] NSWSC 529 (21 May 2012) and Doppstadt Australia Pty Ltd v Lovick & Son Developments Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCA 158 (21 May 2014) – Misleading and deceptive conduct; Damages; Appeal from first instance decision
  • The Owners, Strata Plan 32735 v Heather Lesley-Swan [2012] NSWSC 383 (10 August 2012) – Statutory obligation of Owners Corporation to repair and maintain; Whether damages available
  • Lesley-Swan v Owners SP32735 [2013] NSWSC 1635 (7 November 2013) – Statutory obligation of Owners Corporation to repair and maintain; Whether damages available
  • ECS Services Pty Ltd v DGA Holdings Pty Ltd [2013 ]NSWSC869 (1July2013);ECS Services Pty Ltd v DGA Holdings Pty Ltd [2012] NSWSC 1058 (10 September 2012) – Appeal from Local Court
  • Linnell v Seachem Australia Pty Ltd [2011] NSWADT 61 (25 March 2011) – Employment; Workplace discrimination
Harry has also advised and/or appeared in matters involving the following
  • Claim for alleged breach of copyright in building plans brought by builder/owner of plans
  • Damages claim against owners corporations for alleged breach of obligation to maintain and repair common property
  • An application (in respect of a creditor’s voluntary liquidation) to declare the liquidator was not validly appointed pursuant to the Corporations Act and the company’s constitution
  • Claims by mortgage insurer/mortgagee for the outstanding balance of loan/mortgage debt following sale of security and assignment of debt
  • NCAT Residential Building Disputes and Appeal to the Appeal Panel
  • Urgent application to NCAT to have lot owner cease building works
  • Property damage claims
  • Challenges to bankruptcy notices and contested creditors petitions
  • Obtaining urgent freezing orders following judgment
  • Disputed rescission of off the plan contracts by developer following failure to register strata plan by sunset date
  • Application to set aside Garnishee orders and see mandatory injunction for return of garnisheed money