NSW Senior Counsel Appointments

Prior to 1993 silks were referred to as QC or KC (KC from 1901-1952) depending on the reigning sovereign – they commenced being referred to as SC on and from 1993. Please note that formal titles and/or post nominals that may have been held by an individual on their appointment as a silk have been omitted.

Note: An individual is not listed here if it is know he/she was appointed silk in another jurisdiction prior to taking silk status in NSW where this is known.

Name Date of appointment External links
Owens, Nicholas James 30 September 2016
Shead, Kara Natalie 30 September 2016
Cook, Doran Lane 30 September 2016
Waugh, Gregory Richard 29 September 2017
Whalan, Lesley Anne 29 September 2017
Wright, Michael Luscombe 29 September 2017
Gillies, Melissa Anne 29 September 2017
Elliott, Michael Robert 29 September 2017
Sharp, Naomi Louise 29 September 2017
Scruby, Richard Craig 29 September 2017
Hicks, Francis Paul 29 September 2017
Morgan, Katharine, Clare 29 September 2017
Baker, Huw 29 September 2017
Higgins, Ruth Clare Anne 29 September 2017
Adams, Neil John 5 October 2018
Carr, Lee John 5 October 2018
Khandhar, Paresh Navin 5 October 2018
Prince, Shane Eric John 5 October 2018
Assaf, Farid 5 October 2018
Cox, Edward George Harvey 5 October 2018
Dennis, Mark Philip 5 October 2018
Villa, Dominic Francis 5 October 2018
Gibian, Mark 5 October 2018
Murray, Neil Robert 5 October 2018
Christie, Suzanne Michelle 5 October 2018
Ozen, Ertunc Yasar 5 October 2018
Buchen, Simon Jules 5 October 2018
Mitchelmore, Anna Margrit 5 October 2018
Whittaker, Vanessa Elizabeth 5 October 2018
Izzo, Michael Anthony 5 October 2018
Free, Stephen John 5 October 2018
Deards, Kristen Jane 5 October 2018
Thomas, David Frederick Callum 5 October 2018
Catsanos, John Walter 27 September 2019
Fitzsimmons, William Markey 27 September 2019
Pontello, Richard Charles 27 September 2019
Chin, David Wai Mun 27 September 2019
Wood, Christopher Dennis 27 September 2019
Balafoutis, Stefan William 27 September 2019
Wong, Tiffany Ling 27 September 2019
Lazarus, Jason Edward 27 September 2019
Sheller, James Camec 27 September 2019
Wilson, Richard John 27 September 2019
Flynn, Patrick William 27 September 2019
Foreman, Ross Michael 27 September 2019
O’Meara, Michael Joseph 27 September 2019
Bova, Christian Nicholas 27 September 2019
Golledge, Steven Mark 27 September 2019
Raper, Elizabeth 27 September 2019
Single, Jennifer Maree 27 September 2019

Note for interest

William Charles Wentworth, admitted in 1824 with Robert Wardell as foundation barristers in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, was accorded the distinction of wearing a silk gown in February 1835 – the first in private practice to be so recognised (Sydney Gazette, 12 February 1835). That was a ‘patent of precedence’ but did not entitle him to use the term ‘King’s Counsel’. Senior law officers customarily wore silk gowns in court in the early decades of the Supreme Court.