Philip Wallis Barrister | Wardell Chambers Sydney

Philip Wallis


Called to the bar in 2012
Areas of practice

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wallis@wardellchambers.com.au

Called to the Bar in 2012 and with a wealth of prior experience as a Partner of a law firm and General Counsel for a retail property development group, Philip maintains a mixed practice that is centred on commercial law, equity, real property, wills and estates and family provisions matters.
Primarily appearing in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, almost exclusively unled, Philip is regularly briefed in disputes in which wills are challenged, as well as family provisions and general equity cases, such as the enforcement of equitable estoppel and general contractual disputes. He has also appeared in a range of matters in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales, Federal Magistrates Court and various Tribunals. Notably, Philip has also been briefed in a group action for members of the Stolen Generation against the State of New South Wales.
Philip draws on the experience he has gained from his extensive litigation practice of almost 35 years in senior capacities in both law firms and in-house legal departments to offer superior advice and representation to his clients. In private practice, he acquired extensive litigation experience acting for individual clients in common law personal injury claims and general commercial matters. He also acted in local council prosecutions and for institutional and corporate clients in the Supreme and District Courts of New South Wales, including enforcement of mortgages and recovery of possession of land. His prior experience as General Counsel for a retail property development group encompassed advising on property transactions, retail and commercial leases, general corporate and commercial advice, complex property development agreements, as well as retail and commercial lease disputes. He now accepts briefs from both law firms and in-house legal departments and having worked in these environments, has a deep appreciation for their legal and commercial imperatives.
An astute negotiator with highly developed interpersonal skills, Philip deploys his skills to achieve the most cost-effective and efficient outcome for his clients when representing them at mediations. He has also conducted mediations as a Mediator. Philip holds a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice from the Chartered Secretaries Australia (now, Governance Institute of Australia), as well as a Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.
ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE
  • 2012 Called to the Bar of New South Wales
  • 1978 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • 2002  Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice: Chartered Secretaries Australia (now, Governance Institute of Australia)
  • 1983  Master of Laws: University of Sydney
  • 1978   Bachelor of Laws: University of Sydney
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2012–present  Barrister,Wardell Chambers
  • 1999–2011 Chief Legal Officer,Vinta Group
  • 1995–1999  Partner,Murphy & Maloney
  • Pre 1995 Partner / Employed Solicitor, Pryor Tzannes & Wallis
PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Member, New South Wales Bar Association
  • Member, Professional Development Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association
  • Associate Member, Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Former Director, National Board, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (2003 – 2012)
  • Former National President, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (2008–2009)
  • Member of various professional committees of the Law Society of New South Wales ( 1986 – 2011)
  • Former Member of Executive and Chair, Young Lawyers Section, Law Society of New South Wales (1984 – 1990)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND ACADEMIA
  • The Role of Discretion in Family Provision Claims: Eastern Suburbs Law Society–August2018
  • Injunctions: St George Law Society–April  2017
  • Statutory Wills: Eastern Suburbs Law Society – August 2017
  • Philip is also a lecturer in the College of Law Master of Laws Program in Complex Litigation (2017 – present)
SELECT CASES
  • Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd v Delap Impex KFT [2013] FCA 600 – Successful application in Federal Court for service outside the jurisdiction of an application for injunctive relief pursuant to the Hague Convention and Div 10.6 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth)
  • Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd v Delap Impex KFT [2015] FCA 62 – Successful application in Federal Court to restrain foreign parties from advertising goods for sale on Australian website involving infringement of trademarks and breach of Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (C’th) Sch 2
  • In the matter of Unity Resources Group Australia Pty Ltd [2015] NSWSC 1174–Successful application to set aside statutory demand under Corporations Act 2000 (C’th)where affidavit in support of demand sworn one day before demand
  • A Ltd v J (No.2) [2017] NSWSC 786–Appearance for father on application by the manager of the estate of a child with cerebral palsy and significant other physical problems, for the making of a statutory will pursuant to section 18 of Succession Act 2006 (NSW)
  • Myers v Clark [2018] NSWSC 1029–Application for orders for appointment of trustees for sale of jointly owned property pursuant to section 66G Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) involving complex issues of accounting between co-owners
  • Makary v Hamdan [2019] NSWSC 460 – Successful Supreme Court application for possession of leased commercial premises involving arguments by defendant raising equitable and proprietary estoppel