The Australian Bar Association (ABA) congratulates Australia’s new Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel of 2019.

11 December 2019

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) congratulates Australia’s new Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel of 2019.

President of the Australian Bar Association, Matt Howard SC said, "I want to congratulate you on your achievement and the recognition of your character and ability that this appointment involves. In 2019, silk only continues because it makes a significant contribution to the administration of justice for the benefit of the society we serve. You are now a custodian of that office and its continuation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in February in the High Court."

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 Monday 3 February 2020.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia. Shane Drumgold SC from the ACT Bar will speak on behalf of the new silks.


Senior Counsel and Queen’s Counsel 2018

Australian Capital Territory: Shane Drumgold SC

New South Wales: John Catsanos SC, William Fitzsimmons SC, Richard Pontello SC, David Chin SC, Christopher Wood SC, Stefan Balafoutis SC, Tiffany Wong SC, Jason Lazarus SC, James Sheller SC, Richard Wilson SC, Patrick Flynn SC, Ross Foreman SC, Michael O'Meara SC, Christian Bova SC, Steven Golledge SC, Elizabeth Raper SC, Jennifer Single SC, Craig Lenehan SC, Tanya Smith SC, Terry Mehigan SC, Elisabeth Peden SC

Northern Territory: Stephen Allan Robson SC

Queensland: Sean Richard Riley Cooper QC, David Paul de Jersey QC, Gim John David Del Villar QC, Robert Aaldert East QC, Nitra Kidson QC, Erin Jane Longbottom QC, Philip John McCarthy QC, Daniel Stuart Piggott QC, Amelia Louise Wheatley QC

Tasmanian: Mr Paul Turner SC, Mrs Kate Louise Mooney SC

Victorian: Marylyn Smallwood SC, Ian McDonald SC, Garry Livermore SC, Patrick O’Shannessy SC, Matthew Harvey SC, Charles Shaw SC, Marita Foley SC, Jeremy Slattery SC, Malcolm Harding SC, Nicholas De Young SC, Dr Oren Bigos SC, Richard Knowles SC, Anne Hassan SC, Georgina Costello SC, Renee Enbom SC, Samuel Hay SC, Christopher Young SC, Robert Craig SC

Western Australia:  Jason Maclaurin SC, Joseph Garas SC, Henry Jackson SC, Laura Christian SC, Julie Taylor SC, Justin Whalley SC