Hamish White


Hamish was called to the Bar in May 2015 and is a member of Edmund Barton Chambers.

He was admitted as a solicitor in the NSW Supreme Court on 8 July 2011 (and in the High Court of Australia on 8 August 2011)

Main areas of practice:
Various matters in the Supreme Court, District Court, and NCAT, including:

  • contractual disputes (acting for both plaintiffs and defendants);
  • claims under the Home Building Act;
  • quantum meruit/valebat claims;

representing clients including contractors, strata bodies and developers/ homeowners.

Family law
Hamish appears regularly in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, and has appeared in the Family Court of Appeal. He runs interim and final hearings in both property and parenting matters.

Other areas of specialty include:

  • Equity matters, particularly estate matters in the Family Provision List of the Supreme Court, and a diverse range of commercial matters;
  • Hamish routinely appears in the Local and District Courts in common law matters, including tort and insurance claims;
  • Prior to coming to the bar, Hamish advised New South Wales Government agencies in various policy and legal roles, and has a continuing interest in advising on administrative law.

Prior work experience:
NSW Ministry of Health, Senior Policy Officer
2014 – 2015

  • Role with Integrated Care Branch, advising on implementation of NSW Government’s Integrated Care Strategy

Henry Davis York, Solicitor
2011 – 2013

  • Construction and transport infrastructure law, including both litigation and transactional work
  • Advice to corporations including Lend Lease and Dell Australia, government agencies including RailCorp and Transport for NSW, and international clients
  • Advice on Security of Payment responses and urgent equitable relief

Various roles with NSW public service agencies

  • Department of Transport and Public Transport Ticketing Corporation
  • NSW Department of Commerce
  • Roads and Traffic Authority and Department of Ports and Maritime (now RMS)
  • NSW Parliament

Bachelor of Laws, First Class Honours
University of Sydney 2007-10

  • High Distinctions in Contract Law, Medical Law, Private International Law and an independent research project (concurrent liability issues in contract and tort in private international law)
  • Distinctions including Equity, Torts, Defamation and Privacy, and Workplace law

Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Government
University of Sydney 1998-2003

  • Honours in Government and International Relations
  • Majors in Government and Public Administration and History


  • International Humanitarian Law – International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
    Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot, Evian-Les-Bains, France 2009
  • Winner, Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships, Sydney University 1st III, Kuala Lumpur, 2003
  • Board Director of the University of Sydney Union 2000