Called to Bar: 2003

Appointed to Silk: 2016

Admitted: 1997

After working as Associate to the Honourable Justice Graham Hill in 1996, and as a solicitor at Minter Ellison and senior associate at Freehills, Sandy Dawson came to the Bar in 2003. He has appeared, both led and unled, in all major State and Federal courts and tribunals.

Sandy is recognised as having particular expertise in media and defamation. He has represented all major media outlets, both in NSW and interstate courts, and is regularly retained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax Media, Channel Seven and Radio Station 2GB’s Ray Hadley. He also represents high profile plaintiffs, including actors and members of the judiciary. He has extensive experience as leading or sole counsel in urgent hearings for injunctions, resisting applications for suppression orders and conducting defamation jury trials. His practice includes cases which involve questions of breach of confidence and breach of privacy.

Sandy is regularly retained by Lawcover to advise and appear in professional liability matters. His practice also includes appearing for Harness Racing NSW in the Racing Appeals Tribunal and in litigated matters in the Supreme Court, appearing at public enquiries conducted by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, as well as general commercial matters.

Core Practice Areas

  • Communications and Media
  • Commercial
  • Defamation
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability


Inquiries to Banco’s clerk can be emailed to Alternatively, please call (02) 8239 0201.


Level 5, 65 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: 8239 0237
Fax: 9210 0642


Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.