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
Court, Roger Maxwell 1978
Saunders, Allan Chapman 1979
Laurence, John Hopeton 1979
Cox, Rosslyn William 1979
Purvis, Rodney Norman James 1979
Gibson, Joseph Xavier 1979
Morris, Linton Mearns 1979
Grove, Michael Brian 1979
Sully, Brian Thomas 1979
Hodgson, David Hargraves 1979
Burbidge, Richard John 1979
Capelin, Peter Richard 1979
Parker, Roger William Rodney 1979
Bennett, David Michael John 1979
Hosking, William Delbridge 1980
Blanch, Reginald Oliver 1980
Hardwick, Malcolm Roger 1980
Cassidy, Derek Ian 1980
Flannery, Paul Francis 1980
Cowdery, Edward Charles Francis 1980
Wall, Brian Cecil Maclaren 1980
Dunford, John Robert 1980
Murray, Brian Francis 1980
Cummins, John Daniel 1980
Hemmings, Noel Alan 1980
Toomey, Barry Michael 1980
Wood, James Roland Tomson 1980
Walker, Francis John 1981
Kinchington, Barrie Richard 1981
Gaudron, Mary Genevieve 1981
Nader, John Anthony 1981
Bowie, Colin Lionel James 1981
Ward, Ian Bevan 1981
Hall, Graham Barry 1981
McInnes, Adrian Thomas 1981
Callaway, Calvin Rochester 1981
Stein, Paul Leon 1981
Newman, Peter James 1981
Nicholas, William Henric 1981
Tamberlin, Brian John 1981
Hely, Peter Graham 1981
Brownie, John Edward Horace 1981
Mason, Keith 1981
Woods, Gregory David 1981
Broun, Malcolm David 1982
Stone, Julius 1982
Holt, Walter John 1982
Leslie, Arthur James 1982
Studdert, Timothy James 1982
Mahoney, Barry Edmund 1982

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.