Adele has a broad commercial practice with a particular interest in Building and Construction Law. Adele regularly appears in the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court.
Adele has a strong commitment to working collaboratively with private practice solicitors and in-house counsel to achieve the best outcome for the client. Since coming to the Bar in August 2016, Adele has practiced predominately in Building and Construction, including acting for joint ventures in relation to payment disputes on major infrastructure projects and on behalf of national contractors in relation to defect and time related claims. In addition to Adele’s Building and Construction experience, she also practices in property and general commercial matters in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal along with administrative matters in the Federal jurisdiction.
After being admitted to practice in South Australia, Adele practiced in Building and Construction and general Commercial Litigation at a National Firm. After her move to Sydney in 2010, Adele worked in Judges’ Chambers in the Federal Court of Australia. From 2013 to 2015, she practiced in litigation and regulatory group of a large international firm with a focus in Administrative Law. Adele would regularly appear as a solicitor advocate opposing Counsel in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Adele’s prior experience as a solicitor advocate has provided a strong foundation for advocacy and advising on litigation strategy, experience which she continues to build upon at the Bar. Having acted on behalf of model litigants, Adele also has an acute awareness of the obligations and compliances required of clients which are bound by the model Litigant Rules.
Focus Areas + Select Cases
Acted on behalf of a contractor in the Supreme Court in response to building defect claims by a developer of a town house development.
Directly instructed by a national contractor to contest production of documents under subpoena in the Supreme Court.
Prepared evidence on behalf of owners for proceedings in the District Court raising claims for damages for breach of a building contract in respect of the standard of work.
Acted on behalf of a national contractor in the Local Court in respect of multiple damages claims by neighbouring occupants for damages arising from construction works on a construction site.
Castle Constructions Pty Ltd v Ghossayn Group Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1317 (led by Frank Hicks SC)
Ryde Developments Pty Ltd v The Property Investors Alliance Pty Ltd (No 4)  NSWSC 436 (led by Victor Kerr SC)
Ryde Developments Pty Ltd v The Property Investors Alliance Pty Ltd  NSWCA 339 (led by Victor Kerr SC)
Australia Abalone World Pty Ltd v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FCCA 252
Chan v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FCCA 2893
Mohammed v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2015) 231 FCR 243 [solicitor advocate]
Tihema and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2013) 137 ALD 566 [solicitor advocate]