The Victorian Bar today welcomed the appointment of 23 new Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Victoria, the Honourable Anne Ferguson.
“We warmly congratulate Victoria’s newest silks,’ said Dr Matt Collins QC, President of the Victorian Bar. “These new appointments recognise exceptional leadership and excellence at our Bar.
“Our new silks are of the highest calibre and their appointments recognise their skill and achievements.
“Today’s appointees come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience and are a mark of the increasing diversity of the Bar.
“We are pleased to see the number of women applying for silk increasing, and our membership increasingly reflecting the composition of the community we serve.”
There were 85 applicants. Of the 69 men who applied, 18 (26 per cent) were appointed. Five of the 16 women (31 per cent) who applied were appointed.
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.
“The Victorian Bar is very grateful for the involvement of the Chief Justice and her Court in the process of appointing senior counsel, and pays tribute to the former Chief Justice, the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, for her leadership in the appointment of silks over many years. The Bar also thanks the senior members of our Bar, the Law Institute of Victoria and senior members of the profession for their support and assistance in the rigorous process by which candidates are evaluated,” Dr Collins said.
“I am confident that the silks appointed today will further strengthen the Bar’s reputation as the leading source of independent, strategic legal advice, analysis and advocacy.”
Victoria’s newest silks are: