Tristan Nathanielsz accepts briefs from around Australia in a broad range of areas, including:
- Public/Product Liability
- Life insurance
- Criminal law
Prior to coming to the Bar, Tristan was an Associate in Slater and Gordon’s life insurance practice. He represented clients in disputes pertaining to payment of benefits under insurance contracts and litigated against allegations of fraud made by insurers. In 2016, Tristan was named as a finalist in the Insurance category of the Lawyers’ Weekly 30 Under 30.
While working as a solicitor, Tristan represented the Plaintiff successfully in the matter of Hellessey v Metlife Insurance Limited  NSWSC 1284; Metlife Insurance Limited v Hellessey  NSWCA 307.
Tristan obtained an Honours degree in Law from Monash University. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology.
Since coming to the Bar, Tristan has appeared in several trials in Victoria and New South Wales pertaining to common law and insurance disputes.
Tristan also has an extensive criminal practice, having appeared in Magistrates’ Court and County Court matters, including a trial as junior to Philip Dunn QC and subsequently Justin Hannebery QC.
Notable cases include:
Supreme Court of Victoria
- Hamilton v Sampson [Appeared for the Plaintiff in a TAC damages jury trial led by Tim Tobin SC].
County Court of Victoria
- DPP v Hughes-Firgaria & Ors  VCC 1870 [Appeared for the Accused in Criminal Trial led by Philip Dunn QC, subsequently Justin Hannebery QC]
- Simpson v VWA  VCC 1301 [Appeared for the Plaintiff in Serious Injury Application led by James Mighell QC]
- Middlecoat v VWA  VCC 369 [Appeared for the Plaintiff in Serious Injury Application led by Richard McGarvie QC].
- Rafati v Martinelli & Ors  [Appeared for the Second Defendant unled in intentional tort battery damages trial].
District Court of New South Wales
- Roberts v MLC  [Appeared for the Plaintiff in insurance dispute led by Paul Bingham].
Tristan read with Maria Pilipasidis. His senior mentor was Trevor Monti QC.
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