tristan cleary


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Since being called to the Bar in 2015, Tristan has received briefs in a broad variety of civil litigation. This has included: 

  • A broad range of general commercial disputes (including equitable tracing applications, employment disputes, and construction disputes);
  • Corporations Law matters (including claims for breaches of directors duties);
  • Insolvency matters (including public examinations, claims for voidable transactions both on behalf of an against liquidators, and bankruptcy related proceedings, including on behalf of the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy). 
  • Tristan also receives briefs in taxation matters both on behalf of and against the ATO. 

Prior to being called to the bar, Tristan was engaged by the ATO in their in-house litigation team from 2006 to 2014, including as Principal Lawyer (acting). In this role he handled complex insolvency, taxation, and debt recovery matters. Upon leaving the ATO in early 2014, he was engaged as Special Counsel in his family's small practice, Clearys Commercial Lawyers, where he was responsible for all litigation. This included Family Law (property orders), minor criminal matters, insurance litigation, and general debt recovery. 

Tristan has appeared before the NCAT, AAT, Local Court, District Court, Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court, and Family Court; and as a solicitor has also instructed in matters before the NSW Court of Appeal and the High Court in both its original and appellate jurisdiction. 

Outside of his professional career, Tristan is passionate about skiing, having spent several seasons at Whistler Blackcomb in Canada working as a ski instructor. He also plays tennis and basketball, and is an avid Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fan. 

For further assistance on any queries in relation to Tristan's practice, please contact his Clerk, Grace Kenny on (02) 9224 1501 or at