Barry Chappell

Barry is a Senior Associate in our Commercial Litigation & Insolvency team.


My name is Barry Chappell and I joined Murdoch Lawyers in March 2018.

Commercial litigation has been my main practice area since being admitted as a solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory in 1986.I worked in Canberra for a national firm before moving to Sydney where I was an insolvency accountant for a “Big Four” firm.

On becoming engaged to a Queenslander, I moved to Brisbane where I worked for two prominent accounting firms practising in the insolvency area. After a few years I resumed my legal career in England, where I became a partner in a mid-sized firm. At the time, in addition to insolvency law, I worked on maritime disputes involving North Sea fishing vessels operating from Hull.

Australia proved a more attractive place to live, so I moved back to Queensland practising in commercial litigation. I have mainly practised in the areas of insolvency, planning and environment along with contractual disputes, some of which involved large scale infrastructure projects.

I have a preference for alternative dispute resolution and hold university qualifications in that area. In March 2018, I joined Murdoch Lawyers where I can best assist my clients to resolve their disputes in a suitable timeframe at an acceptable cost.

I am passionate about continuous learning and have accumulated some university qualifications at both graduate and post graduate level in economics, accounting, history, politics, law, policing, intelligence and counter terrorism. I believe that knowledge in diverse areas helps me to understand the different perspectives of my clients.

Practice Areas

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted to practice in the A.C.T.
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland
  • Admitted to practice in England and Wales.
  • Admitted to the roll of the High Court of Australia


  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Member of Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association


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