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
Tobin, Terence Kevin 1985
Hidden, Peter John 1985
McClellan, Peter David 1985
Emmett, Arthur Robert 1985
Farmer, James Alfred 1985
Viney, Michael Alan 1986
Newman, Maurice Charles Campbell 1986
Crumpton, John Alfred 1986
Pain, Edward Oscar Guthrie 1986
Horler, Kenneth Gregory 1986
Backhouse, Cecily Elizabeth 1986
Whitlam, Antony Philip 1986
Urquhart, Paul David 1986
Newport, Barry Charles 1986
Stowe, John Milton 1986
Palmer, George Alfred 1986
Peterson, Russell John 1986
Caldwell, William Wallis 1986
Shaw, Jeffrey William 1986
Gummow, William Montague Charles 1986
Macfarlan, Robert Bruce Scott 1986
Spigelman, James Jacob 1986
Howie, Roderick Neil 1986
Dalgleish, Alexander Philip Stuart 1987
Bannon, Peter Charles 1987
O’Loughlin, Edward Leonard 1987
Sides, Martin Langford 1987
Norrish, Stephen Ronald 1987
Thompson, David Rudd 1987
Naughton, Terence Fenwick Marley 1987
Cowdery, Nicholas Richard 1987
Macadam, Mark Anthony 1987
Williams, Michael Joseph 1987
Einstein, Clifford Roy 1987
Heydon, John Dyson 1987
Sackar, John Robertson 1987
Jucovic, Thomas Michael 1987
Bloom, David Howard 1987
Sweeney, Charles Augustine 1987
Bathurst, Thomas Frederick 1987
Adams, Michael Frederick 1987
Orpwood, Michael 1987
Dent, Peter 6 July 1988
Waddy, Lloyd Dengate Stacy 6 July 1988
Bellanto, Anthony John 6 July 1988
James, Bruce Meredith 6 July 1988
Miller, Glen Thomas Watson 6 July 1988
Letcher, Dean 6 July 1988
Menzies, Paul 6 July 1988
Donovan, Brian Harrie Kevin 6 July 1988

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.