Obituary & Funeral Arrangements - Robert Todd AM


Bar Roll No: 583

Retired Victorian Bar member Robert Todd AM passed away on 9 December 2019 at the age of 87 years.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Tuesday 17 December at 11am at the Church of St John the Baptist, 45 Constitution Avenue, Reid, Canberra. All are welcome.

Robert graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1954, then read for the English Bar at Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales, but returned to Australia to practise as a lawyer in 1957.

Robert was called to the Victorian Bar in 1958 and read with the Hon. Sir John Young AC KCMG QC. He established a practice in equity.

Robert was a member of Bar Council from 1964 to 1968 and served on a number of committees. The 1969 Victorian Bar Annual Report notes that Robert was “generous with the time he devoted to the affairs of the Bar”.

Robert mentored Alan Archibald QC, who remembers Robert as “an enormously capable, yet unassuming and modest, man. He was congenial, and possessed of a wry sense of humour. He used his acute intellect and deep knowledge of the law to great effect.”

In 1971, Robert was appointed to the Taxation Board of Review. He was appointed a Senior Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 1978 and Deputy President in 1982. In addition, Robert became President of the Australian Capital Territory AAT on its establishment. Robert retired from the AAT in 1993 to take up a part-time appointment as President of the Legal Aid Commission (ACT).

In 1994, Robert was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to administrative law. His contribution to the broader legal community included a period as President of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

The Bar extends its condolences to Robert’s family, especially to his daughter Fiona Todd, who is a member of our Bar.

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