Full Name: Ms Sarah J Varney
Phone: +61 3 9225 6429
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0419A
Date of Admission: 22 Mar 1999
Called to the Bar: 25 Oct 2012
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BA (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Senior Associate, Clayton Utz; Senior Solicitor, Department of Health (Victoria)


Sarah has a broad practice, working primarily in commercial and public law.

Since coming to the bar, Sarah has been briefed by private and government clients in a range of matters including commercial disputes, merits reviews and quasi-crime.

She has acted in relation to commercial disputes regarding:

  • commercial agreements such as loans, purchase agreements and franchises;
  • financial assets (shares and MIS interests);
  • breach of professional duties;
  • breach of directors’ duties;

and for government department and agency clients in relation to, among other things:

  • administrative law (merits review) matters;
  • residential tenancies disputes; and
  • crimes mental impairment reviews and applications.

Sarah was previously a senior associate at Clayton Utz in banking and finance.  Her main area of practice was public private partnership projects including hospitals, toll roads and water treatment plants.  She also advised in relation to bond issues, refinancings and operating and finance leases.  She was seconded to Jeantet Associés in Paris, to the energy, mining and infrastructure team (2006).

Immediately prior to coming to the bar, she was a senior solicitor in the Department of Health, involved in contracting, legislation and advice in a variety of areas including IT/IP, health information and hospital projects.

Sarah is a member of the Commercial Bar Association and she is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.

Other Languages Spoken

  • French

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law


Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Merit Appeals

Equity & Trusts

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Merits Review

Committee Memberships

  • (Monitor) Equity
From 15 Nov 2012, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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