Media Release – Victorian Bar welcomes the appointment of 18 new senior counsel


The Victorian Bar welcomes the appointment of 18 of its members as Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria, the Honourable Anne Ferguson.

Victorian Bar President Dr Matt Collins AM QC said “The new senior counsel reflect the expertise and leadership of the modern Bar.

“With experience as diverse as Judicial Assistant to the Master of the Rolls in the English Court of Appeal, and leadership positions in trade unions and the World Bank in Washington DC, our new silks reflect a broad range of practice areas, including Royal Commissions, class actions, mediation, criminal law, family law and inquests.

“We thank Chief Justice Ferguson, her Court and senior members of the profession for their valued work and commitment in the process of appointing senior counsel. These appointees represent our best and brightest legal minds. The community can have confidence that they are each persons of the highest integrity, learning and commitment to the rule of law and the administration of justice.”

Victorian silks are appointed by the Chief Justice, the Hon Anne Ferguson, following a thorough consultation process with the Bar, the broader profession and the judiciary.

New appointments:

  • There were 91 applicants—73 were men (80%) and 18 were women (20%).
  • 18 applicants (20%) were appointed.
  • Of the new senior counsel, 13 are men (72%) and 5 are women (28%), compared to 18 men and 7 women in 2018.
  • The age range of successful applicants is 40 to 65 years.

New senior counsel (in order of seniority):

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