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
Christie, Terence Joseph 20 November 1991
Hall, Peter Michael 20 November 1991
Stevens, Clarence James 20 November 1991
O’Connor, Colin Emmett 20 November 1991
Lindgren, Kevin Edmund 20 November 1991
Austin, Stephen Berry 20 November 1991
Coles, Bernard Anthony John 20 November 1991
Deakin, Peter John 20 November 1991
Biscoe, Peter Meldrum 20 November 1991
Holmes, Malcolm Fraser 20 November 1991
Wright, Frederick Lance 20 November 1991
Barr, Graham Russell 1 December 1992
Semmler, Peter Clement Bronner 1 December 1992
Basten, John 1 December 1992
Slater, Anthony Hugh 1 December 1992
Steele, John Joseph 1 December 1992
Hastings, Peter Selby 1 December 1992
Barry, Christopher Thomas 1 December 1992
Robb, Stephen David 1 December 1992
Slattery, Michael John 1 December 1992
Catterns, David Kenneth 1 December 1992
Littlemore, Stuart Meredith 1 December 1992
Jacobson, Peter Michael 1 December 1992
Sweeney, Michael John 1 December 1993
Flick, Geoffrey Alan 1 December 1993
Morrison, Andrew Stewart 1 December 1993
Hilton, Jeffrey Steven 1 December 1993
Stern, Clive 1 December 1993
Kelly, John Charles 1 December 1993
Taylor, Peter William 1 December 1993
Walker, Bret William 1 December 1993
Gallagher, John Neil 1 December 1993
Rares, Steven David 1 December 1993
Callaghan, Peter Raymond 4 November 1994
Joseph, Michael John 4 November 1994
King, Larry 4 November 1994
Nicholson, John Cecil 4 November 1994
Forster, Robert Gabor 4 November 1994
Garling, Peter Richard 4 November 1994
Lindsay, Geoffrey Charles 4 November 1994
McColl, Ruth Stephanie 4 November 1994
Oakes, Malcolm Bruce 4 November 1994
Durack, John William 4 November 1994
Davison, William Roy 4 November 1994
Bennett, Annabelle Claire 4 November 1994
Foster, Lindsay Graeme 4 November 1994
Allsop, James Leslie Bain 4 November 1994
Hoyle, Timothy Roscoe 3 November 1995
Cranitch, Michael James 3 November 1995
Nock, David Garnet Thomas 3 November 1995

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.