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
McCarthy, John Anthony 6 July 1988
Green, Michael Anthony 17 August 1988
Johnston, Ian Leslie 9 November 1988
Wheelahan, Dennis Anthony 9 November 1988
Douglas, Francis Maxwell 9 November 1988
Rose, Peter Isaac 9 November 1988
Hungerford, Barrie Clive 9 November 1988
Einfeld, Martin Lewis David 9 November 1988
Buchanan, Robert John 9 November 1988
Campbell, Joseph Charles 9 November 1988
Bodor, Peter 9 November 1988
Dawe, William Gregory 9 November 1988
Tedeschi, Mark Alfred Guido 9 November 1988
Allaway, Roy Clarence Pearman 9 November 1988
Nicholson, Geoffrey 9 November 1988
Cusack, Gregory Joseph 21 November 1988
Maxwell, Christopher Keith 27 September 1989
Lloyd, Ian Scott 27 September 1989
Craigie, Rodney Graeme 1 November 1989
Gleeson, John Nicholas 1 November 1989
Cowdroy, Dennis Antill 1 November 1989
Garnsey, John Joseph 1 November 1989
Collins, Bruce Wilkie 1 November 1989
Beazley, Margaret Joan 1 November 1989
Branson, Christopher Charles 1 November 1989
West, John Norman 1 November 1989
Simpson, Carolyn Chalmers 1 November 1989
Craig, Malcolm Graeme 1 November 1989
Roser, Paul David 1 November 1989
Robinson, Wendy Louise 1 November 1989
Dowd, John Robert Arthur 1 November 1990
Rummery, George Richard 1 November 1990
Anderson, Desmond Christopher 1 November 1990
O’Reilly, John Kevin 1 November 1990
Ramage, Malcolm Carmichael 1 November 1990
Poulos, James 1 November 1990
McDougall, Robert Calder 1 November 1990
Maconachie, John Edwin 1 November 1990
O’Ryan, Stephen Richard 1 November 1990
Timbs, John Andrew 1 November 1990
Ireland, John McClemont 1 November 1990
Haylen, Wayne Roger 1 November 1990
Donohoe, Paul Michael 1 November 1990
Sullivan, Alan John 1 November 1990
Collins, Peter Edward James 20 November 1991
Coleman, Peter Evan 20 November 1991
Lloyd, David Henry 20 November 1991
Strathdee, Ian Douglas 20 November 1991
Hislop, John David 20 November 1991
Sackville, Ronald 20 November 1991

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.