Sylvia has practised in the area of dispute resolution and litigation for the last 27 years.
Sylvia has expertise in a wide range of regulatory areas involving the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), SafeWork NSW, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) among others, as well as compliance with private codes of conduct and the requirements of corporate governance more generally.
Sylvia’s practice involves high stakes litigation in the Supreme Courts in different States of Australia and in the Federal Court. She has acted for a State Owned Corporation, Integral Energy (now known as Endeavour Energy) in relation to a critical IT disaster and the City of Sydney in its now famous IP litigation against Moses Obeid and Streetscape in relation to the Smartpole. She has acted across her career for Deloitte in relation to a range of cases involving reputational and professional issues.
She has acted in shareholder litigation involving listed and private companies and has advised in relation to corporate and capital markets matters. Sylvia has represented parties in contractual disputes, and litigation involving the Australian Consumer Law.
Sylvia has also been involved in representing a number of clients in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Sylvia is the Councillor of the Law Society of New South Wales (elected in November 2021 for a 3 year appointment) and has also been appointed the Deputy Chair of the Law Society’s Law & Practice Committee. Sylvia is a member of the Law Society’s Professional Conduct Committee.
In 2019, Sylvia received the King of Spain’s Order of Civil Merit in relation to her work promoting Spanish companies in the Australian market.
Sylvia has presented on corporate governance issues to the Chartered Governance Institute and ASIC. Sylvia also co-edits the fortnightly newsletter published by Thomson Geer to the public sector. Sylvia has also presented the course for members of the Law Society of New South Wales in relation to the role of the independent solicitor in undertaking search orders.
Sylvia Fernandez’s recent experience includes:
- Sylvia has acted for a range of clients in relation to the Corporations Act including schemes of arrangement, prosecutions, the continuous disclosure regime and market integrity : In the matter of Airtasker Limited  NSWSC 629, In the matter of DAC Finance (NSW/Qld) Pty Limited and others  NSWSC 182, In the matter of EcoBiotics Limited  FCA 643, and In the matter of Palladium Group Holdings Pty Ltd  FCA 1123
- Sylvia has acted for clients arrange of intellectual property disputes including trade mark matters: Dr August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel v Combe International Ltd (No.2)  FCA 730
- Sylvia has acted for clients in relation to the protection of confidential information including: Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales v Stolz  FCA 576
- Sylvia has been appointed by the Court as an expert to identify privileged material: Seven Network (Operations) Limited v Shane Dowling  NSWSC 1890