Stephen Wright SC

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Appointment to Senior Counsel:

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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
Arbitrators and mediators

Contractual disputes
Mining and resources
Native title
Real property

Industrial and employment

Tax and revenue
Goods and services tax
Income tax
Land tax
Stamp duty and other state taxes



Constitutional law

Environment and planning
Compulsory acquisition of land compensation
Local government
Valuation of land – rating and tax appeals

Public and Administrative
Civil and human rights
Judicial review and administrative law
Merits review
Native title
Privacy/freedom of information
Social security and veteran entitlements



Stephen Wright is an experienced barrister who specialises in native title, taxation, trusts and mining law.  

He has a wealth of experience in native title related issues, dating back to 1996 when he left Mallesons and joined the Western Australian State Solicitor’s Office. After 11 years there, he established a private practice, Wright Barristers & Solicitors, before joining Francis Burt Chambers at the beginning of 2010.  

Stephen is a leading native title barrister having been counsel in many native title claims and in ‘future act’ litigation and arbitrations at all levels (National Native Title Tribunal, Federal Court, Full Federal Court and High Court), representing native title parties and representative bodies, government and mining interests. He is also an experienced and effective negotiator having provided advice and representation to various parties involved in numerous ILUA and other native title agreement negotiations, including in relation to the establishment of benefits management (trust) structures and taxation issues.  

Stephen also provides stamp duty and other tax advice (including income tax and GST) and appears in tax cases in the Court of Appeal (WA), Federal Court, and State and Commonwealth Tribunals.



Date of admission:  14 July 1993

Qualifications: LLB 1992 (UWA)


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