Nicholas Chen SC

Building & Construction

Class Actions

Commissions of Inquiry

Common Law

Consumer Protection


Dr Nicholas Chen SC began practising at the NSW Bar in February 1998 after receiving the Academic, Civil & Legal Prize for the highest mark in the NSW Bar exams.

He practices in a range of areas including common law personal injury, building and construction, professional liability, insurance, inquiries and inquests and administrative law. He has been involved in a number of significant cases including, in the area of tort law,

  • Hunter New England Health District v McKenna (2014) 253 CLR 270 (existence of duty of care owed by psychiatrist to family of deceased patient) and
  • Sweeney v Boylan Nominees Pty Limited (2006) 226 CLR 161 (agency and vicarious liability in tort).

Dr Chen SC has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as NSW Pre-eminent and Leading Insurance Barrister, Senior Counsel. He is also listed in Best Lawyers Australia 2022, for both Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation.

He is currently a Deputy Chair of a claims review committee of a large insurer, a Director of the Barrister’s Sickness & Accident Fund and a member of the NSW Bar Association Common Law Committee.

His recent publications include: ‘Sections 50C and 50D of the Limitation Act 1969 (NSW): Law reform in need of law reform’ (2021) 27 Torts Law Journal 1.


Nicholas Chen SC