Patrick Barry

Call 2014


Patrick has a national practice specialising in workplace health and safety law (including National Heavy Vehicle and mining prosecutions), employment law, and appearing at inquests.

Patrick regularly appears as sole counsel and opposed to Senior Counsel in matters at first instance and on appeal in courts and tribunals across all Australian jurisdictions. His practice focuses principally on defending corporate entities and individuals in workplace safety prosecutions across a range of industries including construction, mining, petroleum and gas, manufacturing, aviation and road transport. He also appears for employers in a variety of employment disputes.

Patrick is recognised as among the leading Workplace Safety barristers in New South Wales and South Australia in Doyle’s Guide, consecutively from 2017. Prior to being called to the Bar in 2014, Patrick practised as a solicitor at Freehills and K& L Gates, where he gained significant experience working in large-scale litigation.

Patrick is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association and South Australian Bar Association. He also holds a Master in Historical Studies from the University of Oxford.


Speaking Engagements

Select Matters (Unled)

  • Labourpower Recruitment Services Pty Ltd v Nolland [2019] NSWSC 512 (on successful appeal for Labourpower)
  • WorkSafe Victoria v Melbourne Health Country Court 2021
  • Inquest into deaths at Music Festivals – 2019 (NSW)
  • Inquest into the death of Madeline Leong – 2021 (SA)
  • Hinchen v Moonee Valley Racing Club Inc (U2015/6788) (for Moonee Valley)
  • Appeared as defendant counsel in over 110 work health and safety prosecutions around Australia

Select Matters (Led)

  • Saunders Civilbuild Pty Ltd v SafeWork NSW [2023] NSWCCA 261 
  • Dial A Tow Australia Pty Ltd v Campbell [2023] SEAT 49 (SA) 
  • Inquest into deaths in detention centers – 2023/24 (NSW) 
  • Inquest into the death of Cameron Cole – 2015 (QLD)
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