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
Cahalan, Edward Bernard 1952
Stephen, Frank Carter 1952
Sheahan, William Francis 1953
Loxton, Merlin Forster 1953
Chambers, Rex 1953
Taylor, Robert Lindsay 1953
Bowen, Nigel Hubert 1953
Manning, James Kenneth 1953
Pile, Marcel Emile 1953
Kerr, John Robert 1953
Meares, Charles Leycester Devenish 1954
Furnell, Lyn Cuthbert 1954
Smith, Robert Charles 1954
Kerrigan, Alan Bevly 1954
Kidston, Roderick Robert 1955
Healy, Michael Desmond 1955
Larkins, Antony 1955
Knight, William James 1955
Goran, Alfred Joseph 1955
Newton, Russell Jack Miller 1955
Evans, John Dudley 1955
Else-Mitchell, Rae 1955
Bridge, Alan Bruce Keith Ian 1955
Moffitt, Athol Randolph 1956
Woodward, Philip Morgan 1956
St John, Edward Henry 1956
Langsworth, Christian Carruthers 1957
Reynolds, Raymond George 1958
Begg, Colin Elly 1958
Jacobs, Kenneth Sydney 1958
Shannon, Carl 1959
Hicks, David Stuart 1959
Nagle, John Flood 1959
Staff, Douglas Alger 1959
Riley, Bernard Blomfield 1960
Allen, Phillip Harrison 1960
Ash, William Percy 1960
Byers, Maurice Hearne 1960
Selby, David Mayer 1960
Vizzard, Frederick William 1960
Head, Phillip Lyburn 1960
Sullivan, Gregory Thomas Aloysius 1960
Toose, Paul Burcher 1960
Rath, Arthur Francis 1960
Hope, Robert Marsden 1960
Murphy, Lionel Keith 1960
Mahoney, Dennis Leslie 1960
Davoren, John Joseph 1960
Cohen, Alroy Maitland 1961
Little, Edy 1961

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.