Julian O’Sullivan

Julian O’Sullivan

Julian was admitted to practice as a solicitor in March 1996. He worked in the dispute resolution group of King & Wood Mallesons, one of Asia-Pacific’s leading law firms, and in the intellectual property, IT and communications group of Linklaters, a London “magic circle” firm.

Julian was called to the bar in 2003. He regularly appears in a wide range of commercial disputes and is experienced in representing clients in all courts and in private arbitrations.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney

Undertaking CIARB Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

Professional experience

Solicitor, Linklaters, IT, IP, Communications and Media Group

Solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons, Dispute Resolution Group


Aviation Law Association of Australia & New Zealand

Banking & Financial Services Law Association

Commercial Law Association of Australia

Intellectual Property Society of Australia & New Zealand

NSW Society for Computers & the Law

Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration

Selected Cases


Onus v Telstra Corporation Ltd [2010] NSWSC 33;
Onus v Telstra Corporation Ltd [2010] NSWSC 1146: Sucessfully obtained interlocutory and final injunctions, restraining Telstra from erecting a telecommunications tower in the vicinity of an airport

Wylie & Ors v Tarrison Pty Ltd & Ors [2007] NSWCA 95:  Successfully defended appeal brought by purchaser against vendor of Rose Bay float plane fleet

Confidential matter:  Negotiating successful claim for compensation to relatives arising out of fatal pilot training accident

Corporations & Directors’ Duties

Appeared for ASIC (led by Macfarlan QC JA, Durack SC & Beamount SC) in its claim against the former directors of One.Tel Ltd for $92M compensation & civil penalties, including numerous interlocutory decisions regarding evidentiary & procedural issues:

ASIC v Rich [2004] NSWSC 923

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2004] NSWSC 934

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2004] NSWSC 951

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2004] NSWSC 963

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2004] NSWSC 969

ASIC v Rich [2004] NSWSC 970 

ASIC v Rich [2004] NSWSC 1062213 ALR 338, 51 ACSR 363, [2005] ALMD 2778

ASIC v Rich [2004] NSWSC 1089

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2004] NSWSC 1090

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2004] NSWSC 1104

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2005] NSWSC 62 188 FLR 416, 220 ALR 324, 52 ACSR 374, [2005] NSWSC 62, [2005] ALMD 4014

ASIC v Rich [2005] NSWSC 149 190 FLR 242, 3 ABC(NS) 390, 53 ACSR 110, 23 ACLC 430, [2005] NSWSC 149, [2005] ALMD 4913

ASIC v Rich & Ors [2005] NSWSC 256

ASIC v Rich [2005] NSWSC 296

ASIC v Rich [2005] NSWSC 417 191 FLR 385, 216 ALR 320, 53 ACSR 752, 23 ACLC 838, [2005] NSWSC 417, [2005] ALMD 5431


Timberland v Abercrombie [2012] NSWSC 379: Resisted application to set aside statutory demand

Challenge Home Loans v Etienne Lawyers [2007] NSWSC 1145: Resisted application to set aside a statutory demand

Hunter Wholesale Confectioners Pty Ltd v Sweeties Confectionery Pty Ltd [2010] NSWSC 1257: Defending a claim by a liquidator to recover an unfair preference & cross-claim for bailment & conversion of goods

Priority One Home Loans & Anor v Amplitude Investments Pty Ltd & Ors [2007] NSWSC 845:  Obtained order removing receivers & managers

Aztech Science Pty Ltd v Daevys [2005] FCA 1828:  Obtained leave to continue proceedings against a bankrupt

IT / Telecoms

Sites N Stores Pty Ltd v Whirlpool.Net.Au Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 1474:  Obtained preliminary discovery to identify the authors of actionable posts published on a product review website, publicised in:





AS v Murray [2013] NSWSC 733:  Obtained preliminary discovery, Anton Piller & suppression orders, damages & exemplary damages for the tort of intimidation against cyber extortionist, widely publicised in:

University of NSW Faculty of Law tort reading list

NSW Bar Association practice update 33


“Further perils of Online Dating”


“Tort of Intimidation in Internet Extortion Case”


“Benchmark” AR Connolly & Company website


Intellectual Property

Recommended by Doyle’s Guide (2010) as intellectual property counsel

Qualify Me Pty Ltd v Get Qualified Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 192:  Obtained order striking out substantial part of Statement of Claim alleging infringement of trademark, passing off and deceptive and misleading conduct in relation to Google Adwords

Mont Adventure Equipment Pty Limited v Phoenix Leisure Group Pty Limited [2008] FCA 1476;  Mont Adventure Equipment Pty Ltd v Phoenix Lesiure Group Pty Ltd [2009] FCAFC 84176 FCR 575, 81 IPR 505, [2009] AIPC 92-346, [2009] FCAFC 84 [2009] ALMD 5635 (led by Stephen Burley SC):  Won appeal concerning the “grace period” for prior disclosure of patents

Tramanco Pty Ltd v BPW Transpec Pty Ltd [2009] FCA 509:  Obtained quia timet interlocutory injunction to restrain infringement of a patent

Fogin v Lacey [2003] FCAFC 147 (led by A Bowne SC):  Appeared for respondent in appeal concerning design infringement of the “Orgasmatron” head massager

 Mining & Resources

Legal counsel on retainer to Javelin Minerals Inc & Azimuth Resources Ltd (subsequently acquired by Troy Resources Ltd for $188M), advising in relation to ASX & TSX listings, mineral exploration & mining licenses, employment agreements & equipment acquisitions in Guyana

Practice & Procedure

Maecher Pictureproducts Pty Ltd v R E Davison Pty Ltd [2013] NSWSC 352:  Obtained order for security for costs

Reeve v Aqualast Pty Ltd [2012] FCA 679:  Obtained orders for preliminary discovery

Green v AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd [2007] NSWSC 235:  Resisted application for security for costs

Wily v Terra Cresta Business Solutions Pty Ltd & Ors [2006] NSWSC 949:  Excluded hearsay evidence in interlocutory proceedings where maker of statement was not sufficiently identified

Trade Practices & Competition

eBay:  Full time retainer to eBay for 9 months in 2008 advising in relation to competition issues arising under Pt IV of the Trade Practices Act 1974


Fuentes v Bondi Beachside Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 531:  Obtained injunction for specific performance of contract for sale of land

Josip Duic v Emil Duic [2012] NSWSC 76; Duic v Duic [2013] NSWCA 42:  Successful appeal resisting claim for equitable interest in land, reversing decision at first instance

Anna Katherine Szozda & Ors v NSW Trustee & Guardian & Ors [2012] NSWSC 194:  Resisted application to extend the operation of caveats on the basis of alleged equitable interest in land

Kelly v Kelly [2007] NSWSC 1076:  Resisted application for sale of land where estate was incompletely administered


Ashjal Pty Ltd -v- Elders Toepfer Grain Pty Ltd [2012] NSWSC 545;  Ashjal Pty Ltd v Alfred Toepfer International (Australia) Pty Ltd [2012] NSWSC 1306 (led by Francis Douglas QC):  Constitutional challenge to validity of Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW), widely publicised in:

ThomsonReuters:  “International arbitration in Australia: 2011/2012 in review” by Albert Monichino SC & Alex Fawke

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom


International Arbitration website


Practical Law Company “Australian Arbitration Roundup 2012/2013”


Technology Arbitrators & Mediators website


Kluwer Arbitration ITA Arbitration Report, Volume No. X, Issue No. 8, 22 August 2012


“The right to appeal an arbitral award:  Express may be best”; Clayton Utz website


“New Commercial Arbitration Act surives Constitutional Challenge”; CBP website


“Benchmark”; AR Connolly & Company website