Desmond Sweeney is a principal of Argent Lawyers. He was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the leading Australian commercial law firms, for 12 years. His expertise includes risk management, corporate governance, financial disputes and litigation. Prior to working in commercial law, he was with the Aboriginal legal service in northern Queensland.
He was recognised by his peers as one of Australia’s top lawyers in the Best Lawyers survey published by the Australian Financial Review in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has provided advice to many of Australia’s top 50 companies and numerous charities. He holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws from the University of British Columbia.
Desmond has long been involved in the arts. He is also the chair of the board of the Safe Childhoods Foundation and is a director of Playwriting Australia.