Final reminder: appointment of senior counsel 2007


Applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2007 close at 5.00pm today, 31 July 2007. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol, a copy of which is available on the Bar Association’s web site.

Senior Counsel will be appointed by me but selected by a committee comprising the senior vice-president and myself ex-officio, Stephen Robb QC, Luigi Lamprati SC and James Stevenson SC.

Applications should be made as follows:

1. On or after 1 July 2007 applicants should inform me, in writing, of their intention to seek appointment. Applicants may include any particulars they wish the selection committee to take into account. The letter should also include a copy of the cover sheet.

Applicants should include in their application notice of any matter or circumstances, either past or anticipated, which may adversely affect their fitness and propriety to hold an appointment as senior counsel. Applicants will be required to give their consent to the selection committee making inquiries of the legal services commissioner about such matter or circumstances.

Any application received by the Bar Association after 5.00pm today will not be considered.

2. Limited information from each application will be distributed to a large consultation group during the selection process. It will therefore be impossible to keep confidential the fact or the basic details of applications that are sent out in the consultation process. The consultation group does not receive the full application lodged by each applicant.

3. The list of applicants will be held by me. This list is not available for general circulation.

4. An e-mail acknowledging the receipt of applications will be sent to each candidate. If you have not received an e-mail acknowledging your application by Thursday 2 August, please contact Ms Jo Carlisle at The New South Wales Bar Association on ph: (9229 1735) or

5. Some additional guidance as to the selection process is provided on the Bar Association’s website for the information of prospective applicants and interested members of the public. If after consulting the website the prospective applicant has a difficulty with any aspect of the application process I can be contacted about the matter before applications close on 31 July.

6. On receipt of the list of applicants, the Senior Counsel Selection Committee will consult with members of the Bar, the Bench and solicitors in accordance with the Senior Counsel Protocol.

7. The names of successful applicants will be announced on or before Friday 5 October 2007.

Michael Slattery QC President

31�July 2007


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