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Sarah Bryden

LLB (Hons)

Partner - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Litigation


Sarah has over 15 years’ experience acting in all manner of commercial disputes at all State and Federal levels.  

Sarah is a staunch health and wellbeing advocate and her particular area of interest is in the health, wellbeing and sporting space.

Sarah is also passionate about Holding Redlich’s pro bono practice and has most recently acted on a pro bono basis for refugees seeking asylum in Australia and for an international organisation who rescues children from the sex trade in Asia.

Sarah is an avid weekend warrior who spends her free time long distance cycling, running and competing in triathlon.


Sarah is an experienced litigator and has experience at all levels of dispute resolution. She is dedicated to her clients and works hard to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

Her considerable commercial experience includes appearing as advocate for clients in Tribunals, mediations and settlement conferences as well as instructing senior and junior counsel in complex litigation in both state and federal jurisdictions. She has recently been involved in one of Queensland’s longest running Supreme Court trials.

Sarah has years of experience in managing large scale and complex commercial disputes and she can quickly analyse the issues and advise on the most suitable approach in line with her client’s particular circumstances.  

Some examples of the recent disputes that Sarah has been involved in include:

  • acting for a major property developer in Federal Court proceedings in a claim for misleading and deceptive conduct
  • acting for a client in the sporting space in a member protection dispute
  • acting for a client defending a potential claim for infringement of various intellectual property rights
  • acting for a major Queensland mining company in unique proceedings in the Land Court of Queensland arising from special purpose legislation enacted by the Queensland Parliament
  • acting for clients in defamation proceedings relating to defamatory tweets
  • acting for a major property developer in Supreme Court proceedings involving conspiracy to injure and malicious prosecution claims 
  • acting for a major head contractor defending a number of disputes in relation to the Enforced Land Force Stage 2B Facilities project (ELF) 
  • acting in various disputes about contractual entitlements of subcontractors involved in the construction of the Queensland Cilento Children’s Hospital
  • acting for plaintiffs in a major claim against a well-known property developer and builder. The claim involved approximately 190 individual plaintiffs who brought proceedings in the Supreme Court against the builder and developer of Festival Towers, a high rise mixed use building in Brisbane. The claim was for breach of contract, negligence and breach of the Trade Practices Act resulting from defective work in the construction of the building
  • acting as an advocate for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission in QCAT in a review by an individual of a decision by the Commission not to direct a builder to rectify defective works.  Sarah was asked to act for the Commission at the last minute and she demonstrated her ability to quickly and decisively determine relevant issues and manage a complete hearing in a very short time frame.


04 May 2022 - Knowledge

Data protection in sport: Legal obligations when collecting athletes’ data (Part 1)

#Data & Privacy

We kick-off a two-part series on data protection in sport with this first article on the legal issues sporting organisations could face when collecting and using their athletes’ data.

09 February 2022 - Knowledge

‘Game, Set, Match!’ The Djokovic legal saga explained

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Djokovic’s recent legal saga has shone a bright light on Australia’s legal procedure for reviewing government decisions. We examine Djokovic’s Federal Court challenge and discuss why the Court could not find in his favour even if it wanted to.

10 November 2021 - Knowledge

Brisbane 2032: At the starting line with a Brisbane Olympics Organising Committee

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Draft legislation has been introduced into Parliament to establish and form the organising committee for Brisbane 2032.

13 October 2021 - Knowledge

All doped up: The continuing challenge of dealing with doping in sports

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Keeping elite international sporting events free of banned substances is an endless game of cat and mouse. We discuss the legal efforts set up to do, in theory, exactly that.

06 April 2021 - Knowledge

Professional gaming — no longer something to 'LoL' about: Some IP implications of the eSports industry

#Intellectual Property, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

eSports is a booming industry, however, many of the legal issues surrounding eSports are in their legal infancy. In this article, we consider some of the applicable intellectual property rights and their application for both developers and professional gamers.

09 December 2020 - Knowledge

2021 World Anti-Doping Code: Key changes and impact from an athlete’s perspective

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code will commence from 1 January 2021. We summarise the key changes and discuss how it impacts the industry with Australian Olympic water polo athelete, Bronwen Knox.

07 October 2020 - Knowledge

Sport is big business – what are some key risk areas?

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

We outline some of the legal issues in four key risk areas that sporting organisations and professional athletes need to be aware of when engaging in sports business.

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