Elliot Hyde was admitted to the Bar in 2005 and is currently a member of Banco Chambers. Elliot has extensive experience in the Commercial List in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia. He has acted as lead counsel in many complex and large commercial disputes as well as in disputes concerning valuation issues arising from significant infrastructure transactions. Elliot is recognised by Doyle’s Guides list of leading commercial barristers and is entitled to practise in all Australian states and Territories.
Elliot has developed particular experience in: corporations legislation including director’s duties, managed investments schemes, deeds of company arrangements, voidable transactions and liquidator’s examinations; trade practices and consumer protection; securities class actions/representative proceedings; trusts and equitable obligations; property law; legal professional privilege and breach of confidence; and general commercial disputes.
The recent cases in which Elliot was instructed include the Tamaya Shareholder Class Action and the RiverCity Proceedings. Elliot was acting counsel for the shareholders of Tamaya Resources Limited in a class action commenced in the Federal Court of Australia by HFPS Pty Ltd as trustee for the Hunter Facility Project Services Pty Ltd Superannuation Fund and Roslyndale Nominees Pty Ltd as trustee for the Tony Fay Family Trust (the Plaintiffs). The plaintiffs claim that Tamaya Resources Limited (Tamaya), its directors and auditors made certain material misrepresentations as to, among other things, the purpose of capital raising and the true value of Tamaya shares to potential investors in Tamaya. The case also sought to expand an auditor’s duty of care to those who may invest in the company.
In the case of Hopkins v AECOM (the RiverCity Proceedings), Elliot was acting counsel for AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, the First Respondent in these proceedings. Central to the applicants’ case against AECOM is the allegation that traffic forecasts that were included in the PDS substantially overestimated the average annual daily traffic volumes that would use the North-South Bypass Tunnel (NSBT). There have been numerous ongoing interlocutory application fights in relation to these proceedings.
Elliot completed a Masters of Law in 2008 and has also served a number of years on the Bar Association’s bar examination working committee. Prior to coming to the Bar, Elliot was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation teams at Minter Ellison and Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright).
Banco Chambers was opened on 10 March 2005 in the Reserve Bank Building by the Hon. J.J. Spigelman AC Chief Justice of New South Wales. It then consisted of 15 members, made up of 3 silks and 12 juniors. Banco Chambers expanded in January 2009 taking a floor in Chifley Tower and 15 new junior barristers. The inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth. Since Justin’s appointment Robert Newlinds SC has held the position of Head of Chambers.
Two of Chambers’ foundation members, Justice Christine Adamson and Justice Fabian Gleeson are now Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Appeal respectively.
Banco Chambers has always been and remains a youthful progressive floor committed to providing the highest level of service in the rapidly changing legal market. Each of the barristers have superior and specialised advocacy skills enabling them to add value to any case in any court, tribunal or arbitration. Our barristers are also specialists in various fields where they provide sensible, commercial, objective and accurate advice.
Banco Chambers now has 30 members of varying levels of seniority, including seven of Australia’s leading Silks, Tom Blackburn SC, Peter Brereton SC, Andrew Coleman SC, Robert Dick SC, Richard McHugh SC, Cameron Moore SC and Robert Newlinds SC. The senior junior and junior barristers are Clarissa Amato, Farid Assaf, Darrell Barnett, Timothy Breakspear, Nicholas Bender, Anthony D’Arcy, Sandy Dawson, Kristen Deards, Ruth Higgins, Anne Horvath, Elliot Hyde, Ben Kremer, Peter Kulevski, Jonathon Redwood, Katherine Richardson, Declan Roche, Fiona Roughley, Peter Silver, David Sulan, James Watson, Christopher Withers, Tiffany Wong and Robert Yezerski.