FBC welcomes 4 new members

Liam Nicholls practises in commercial and public law. He commenced his legal career as research associate to the Hon Justice Barker of the Federal Court, having later been engaged for several years with the State Solicitor’s Office of WA ultimately becoming an Assistant State Solicitor. Liam has acted as both solicitor and counsel, having appeared in both State and Commonwealth Courts, and having acted across most major sectors in a broad range of matters including commercial and public law disputes, regulatory prosecutions and advisory. Immediately before joining Chambers, Liam was special adviser to the Attorney General of WA.

Sharminie Perera practises predominantly in criminal law, and also accepts instructions in regulatory prosecutions, inquests and inquiries. She joins Chambers from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA), where she had commenced her legal career. She has prosecuted complex criminal trials, appearing frequently as counsel in jury trials, bail applications, directions hearings and sentencing hearings. Sharminie has also practised criminal law in South Australia, with a main focus on therapeutic intervention, appearing regularly as counsel in the Family Violence Court, Mental Impairment Court, Mental Health Court and the Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Intervention Courts.

Christopher Taylor-Burch practises in commercial and public law. He also acts in pro bono matters, with a particular focus on civil and human rights cases. Chris joins Chambers from Corrs Chambers Westgarth where he was a senior associate acting for a broad range of clients including international and domestic banks and resource companies, government regulators, statutory corporations, high net-worth individuals, and Aboriginal corporations. Before commencing at Corrs, Chris was a research associate to the Hon Justice Pritchard and the Hon Justice Tottle of the Supreme Court of WA.

Damon Van Kempen practises in general commercial litigation, tort and succession. He joins Chambers from Solomon Hollett Lawyers where he specialised in contested probate and claims under the Family Provision Act 1972 (WA). Damon has also appeared as counsel in criminal proceedings and regulatory prosecutions.