Australian Bar Association Welcomes New Silks


The Australian Bar Association (ABA) congratulates Australia’s new Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel of 2017.



The Australian Bar Association (ABA) congratulates Australia’s new Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel of 2017.

President of the Australian Bar Association Noel Hutley SC said the new Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel were to be congratulated on their appointment as Silks, which represented a singular milestone in any barrister’s career.

The ABA will celebrate the appointment of new Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel at its annual Silks and Bows dinner at the High Court of Australia on 5 February 2018.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Honourable Justice Michelle Gordon of the High Court of Australia. Lisa Nichols SC from the Victorian Bar will speak on behalf of the new Silks.

The dinner will be held in the Great Hall of the High Court in Canberra at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

Members of the judiciary and friends of counsel who wish to attend the dinner will find more information here.


Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel 2017

New South Wales Senior Counsel: Gregory Richard Waugh, Lesley Anne Whalan, Michael Luscombe Wright, Melissa Anne Gilles, Michael Robert Elliott, Naomi Louise Sharp, Richard Craig Scruby, Francis Paul Hicks, Katharine Clare Morgan, Huw Baker and Ruth Clare Anne Higgins.

Northern Territory Senior Counsel : Miles Crawley.

Queensland Queen’s Counsel: Justin Andrew Greggery, Melanie Heather Hindman, Michael Robert Hodge, Benjamin Job, John William Peden, Darlene Ann Skennar and Michael Anthony Williamson.

Victoria Senior Counsel: William Guy Gilbert, Mark John Gibson, Marcus Clarke, Paul Lawrence Ehrlich, Michael Wolf Wise, Paul James Hayes, Craig William Dowling, Scott William Stuckey, Michael Geoffrey Rees Gronow, Garry John Fitzgerald, Julian Paul McMahon AC, Scott Robert Johns, Suresh Rajkumar Senathirajah, Minal Vohra, David Joseph Nicolas Purcell, Mark Anthony Irving, Stephen Howard Parmenter, Claire Michelle Harris, Robert Andrew Heath, Lisa Michelle Nichols, Sally Amanda Flynn, Stewart John Maiden and Lisabella Gianna De Ferrari.

Western Australia Senior Counsel: Stephen Wright, Amanda Burrows and Simon Freitag.


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