BA 1998, LLB 2000
After graduating with a Sydney LLB in 2000 and spending almost a decade in the United States, alumnus Simon Fitzpatrick returned to Sydney in September 2010, and is now a barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers.
Simon earned his LLM at Harvard and spent eight years working in New York, most recently at Ropes & Gray where he focused on patent and trade secret litigation for medical device companies.
Though he maintains an interest in intellectual property work, Simon has embraced the diversity of cases he has seen as a barrister. ‘In my first six months at the bar I have worked on more cases than I did in my whole time in America’, he said. ‘Expanding my practice beyond IP litigation was something that I thought was important in coming to the bar and it has also been very interesting to work in different areas of law.’
Simon enjoys the amount of time he spends in court as a barrister, compared to the American litigation system which relies heavily on written submissions. Simon said he has more control over his life and work as a barrister, and sees the direct benefit of his efforts in building his own practice.