Graham Connolly

Practice Areas

  • Constitutional, Public and Administrative Law
  • Corporations, Financial Services, Financial Markets, and Securities Law
  • Inquests, Royal Commissions, Inquiries, and Statutory Tribunals
  • National Security Law
  • Private and Public International Law
  • Equity and Real Property
  • Transportation and Admiralty

Mr Connolly has a broad commercial and public law practice. He appears regularly as counsel in trials and appeals in the Federal courts and New South Wales courts and tribunals, and has appeared successfully in the High Court of Australia. Mr Connolly is briefed, particularly, in urgent applications for injunctions and other pre-trial or interlocutory relief, such as freezing orders (Mareva orders) and search orders (Anton Piller orders), under both New South Wales and Commonwealth law. Mr Connolly also provides legal opinions on discrete commercial, equitable, corporations, and public law questions.

Mr Connolly has also advised on and appeared as counsel in constitutional, public law, and international law cases for the Australian Government and the State of New South Wales, as well as for private clients. Mr Connolly also advises on National Security matters. Mr Connolly was a Counsel Assisting the 2018-2019 review of the Commonwealth’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal by the Hon. IDF Callinan AC QC.

Mr Connolly has appeared for a wide variety of Australian and international clients, particularly commercial and merchant banks, investment funds, superannuation funds, trustees, insurers, and brokerages. He has also advised financiers, joint venture partners, and high net-worth individuals on fundraising agreements and deeds. Mr Connolly is also briefed in private international law matters by leading British and American firms.

Mr Connolly is a lecturer in Australian Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney and is the principal examiner in Constitutional Law for the Legal Profession Admission Board. He also presents to continuing legal education and professional development seminars on various legal issues and questions.

Mr Connolly is a commentator for ABC radio and television, and his writings have been published by the Australian Financial Review, The Guardian, The Age, The Spectator and Meanjin.

Mr Connolly is a graduate of the University of Sydney [BA (Hons)] and the University of New South Wales [LLB (Dean’s Merit List)]. Mr Connolly served successively as a Judges Associate/Tipstaff to Austin J in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and to Callinan J in the High Court of Australia. Mr Connolly formerly practised as a corporate and securities lawyer with Atanaskovic Hartnell.

Mr Connolly is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and holds the Queen’s Commission, serving in the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy. He has served at sea and ashore, and on operational deployments and wartime duties in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and in the Middle East and Afghanistan.