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
Sheppard, Ian Fitzharding 1969
Knoblanche, Ernest Paul 1969
Bainton, Russell John 1969
Bishop, Edwin Sidney 1970
Melville, John Alan 1970
Fullagar, Richard Kelsham 1970
Waddall, Thomas William 1970
Simblist, Samuel Hyman 1970
Powell, Philip Ernest 1970
Martin, Trevor James 1971
Ward, William Desmond Thomas 1971
Cantor, Henry Laurence 1971
Smith, George Hillary 1971
Watson, Frederick Vernon 1971
Fisher, William Kenneth 1971
McCaw, Kenneth Malcolm 1972
Marr, Reginald Joseph 1972
Gee, Kenneth Grenville 1972
Finlay, Mervyn David 1972
Falkingham, Thomas 1972
Dey, John Fletcher 1972
Priestley, Lancelot John 1972
Masterman, George Gurney 1972
Gormly, Francis Jacob 1972
Downing, Robert Reginald 1973
Wallace, Vincent Reinehr 1973
Purnell, Howard Frank 1973
Rogers, Andrew John 1973
Handley, Kenneth Robert 1973
Lockhart, John Stanley 1973
Evatt, Phillip George 1973
Ford, Joseph Kevin 1973
Rossiter, Henry Edwin 1973
Barbour, Richard Thornton Harvey 1973
Shand, Alexander Barclay 1973
Yeldham, David Albert 1973
Horton, Daniel Edmund 1973
Murray, Kevin Ross 1973
Collins, Anthony David 1973
McHugh, Michael Hudson 1973
Kearney, John Basil 1974
Porter, Chester Alexander 1974
Roden, Adrian 1974
St John, Robert James Baldwin 1974
Cullinan, Clive Vincent 1974
Darvall, Cholmondeley 1974
McInerney, Peter Aloysius 1974
Sinclair, John Bowditch 1974
Foster, Michael Leader 1974
Campbell, Michael William 1974

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.