Simon Harben

Qualifications: BA LLB
Admitted as Solicitor: 1979
Called to Bar: 1983
Took Silk: 2003
Ph: (02) 4926 3176

Simon J Harben SC founded Hunter Street Chambers in January 2013. He is a member of the Common Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association and a past member of the Education Committee. He was previously President of the Newcastle Bar Association.

Simon’s criminal trial work has previously involved appearing for the accused in all Courts, as well as acting Crown Prosecutor and also as the Prosecutor for the RSPCA.

Simon’s civil work involves significant cases for both Plaintiff and Defendant. He has and does work with and against major insurers and commercial companies. He regularly appears both at trial and appellate level.

He has appeared and advised in Royal Commissions, Inquests, Commissions of Inquiry, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and other Tribunals and also in many building and construction cases.
Simon has over the years advised various institutional clients such as the Hunter Water Corporation.

Simon is  an Accredited Mediator who appears in and conducts a wide range of mediations for all parties.

Practice areas

Common Law

  • Appellate
  • Insurance – Disability Claims
  • Intentional torts
  • Judicial Review – Motor Accidents
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Workplace Accidents


  • Building and Construction
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability


  • Apellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental and Planning
  • Fraud
  • Proceeds of Crime/money laundering
  • Property Offences
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • Work Health & Safety


  • Civil Appeal
  • Criminal Appeals


  • Commissions and other Inquiries
  • Coronial Inquests

Alternative dispute resolutions

  • Arbitrations
  • Mediations