Project Description


Contact Details – Now at Burley Griffin Chambers

Phone: (02) 6230 6912

Year of Admission as an Australian Lawyer – 1972
Year of Admission to the NSW Bar – 1972
Year of Appointment of Senior Counsel – 1998


Degrees: University of Sydney LLB
University of Sydney BA

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration/Mediation/Expert Determination)
  • Appellate
  • Dust Diseases
  • Insurance
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Transportation Law (Aviation/Maritime)
  • Workers Compensation

Professional experience and qualifications

Mr Bartley was admitted to the Bar in 1972. Prior to that he worked as a solicitor for three years in London in the area of litigation.

He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1998.

He has held an appointment as an Acting Judge of the New South Wales Dust Diseases Tribunal.

Since admission to the Bar he has practiced extensively in all areas of common law. He was involved in many of the initial leading cases in the area of Dust Diseases and other toxic torts. These cases have included litigation relating to all areas of respiratory medicine, cancers caused by occupation and other chemical exposures both in the workplace and in the environment.

Since his appointment as Senior Counsel he has been extensively briefed in the area of medical negligence, industrial accidents, motor vehicle accidents, dust diseases, discrimination law, disciplinary matters involving doctors appearing for both plaintiffs and defendants. With cases regularly involving issues of private and international law.

He is briefed regularly in litigation involving institutional child sexual abuse and has been involved in significant product liability litigation concerning mercury poisoning and salmonella poisoning.

He is a Member of the New South Wales, Queensland, Victorian and South Australian Bar Associations and has practised in most Australian jurisdictions.

Mr Bartley has Chambers in both Sydney and Canberra.

Notable Cases

  • Goode v Angland [2017] NSWCA 311 (7 December 2017).
  • Hulanicki v Walton [2015] ACTCA 14 (24 April 2015).
  • Streller v Albury City Council [2013] NSWCA 348 (23 October 2013)
  • Tinnock v Murrumbidgee Local Health District (No 6) [2017] NSWSC 1003 (28 July 2017)
  • McManus v Murrumbidgee Local Area Health Network [2016] NSWSC 1347
  • Samaan v Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd [2012] NSWSC 381
  • John William Suthern v Unilever Australia Ltd [2008] ACTSC 75 (25 August 2008)