Nuala Simpson

Nuala SimpsonNuala Simpson

Nuala accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law, but has special expertise in representative (class-action) proceedings and complex, high–value engineering and construction disputes.

She regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, Court of Appeal New South Wales, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and in private arbitrations and in mediations.

Nuala is ranked in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide in Construction & Infrastructure – Band 1, as “a very highly regarded junior” who regularly appears on complex construction and engineering cases with clients describing her as "excellent" and "a very bright and very thorough lawyer" (Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific, 2024-2020).

She is recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the areas of Construction and Infrastructure (Best Lawyers Australia, 2024 – 2013), Litigation (Best Lawyers Australia, 2022 – 2016), International Arbitration (Best Lawyers Australia 2022), Leading Arbitration Barrister - Australia (Doyle's Guide 2023), and also rated as 'preeminent' in the area of Construction Law in Australia (Doyle's Guide, 2024 – 2016).

Who's Who Legal's latest Construction 2021 - Future Leaders - Legal Marketplace Analysis, reports that Nuala is highly thought of as the “best junior” in the market, known for being “formidable at cross examination”.

Most recently, Nuala was listed as a Leading Junior in The Legal 500 - Asia-Pacific:

"Nuala is sharp, agile and immensely hard-working. Her construction law expertise, including in complex issues of delay, disruption and quantum, is market-leading. A fantastic team player and a genuine pleasure to work with. A very diligent and clever junior counsel. Works very hard and is very responsive."

Recent Cases

Admissions and Appointments
  • Admitted to the Bar: 2010
  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner: 2001
  • Masters of International Law (Sydney): 2007
  • LLB (UNSW): 2000
  • BSc (Psychology) (UNSW): 2000
Practice Areas
Building & Construction
Insurance & Re-Insurance
International Law
Representative Proceedings