Former High Court judge associate joins Australian Parliament

Sydney lawyer Julian Leeser steps into big shoes left by Philip Ruddock, in the Liberal seat of Berowra

by Mark Abernethy

A former High Court judge associate is the new Member of Parliament for Sydney’s blue-ribbon seat of Berowra.

Julian Leeser has replaced Philip Ruddock – the second longest serving Australian parliamentarian after Billy Hughes – in the Liberal stronghold on Sydney’s north shore.

In 2000, Leeser was an associate to Justice Ian Callinan on the High Court before he joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney as a solicitor.

Leeser was involved in the Prime Minister’s “No Case” committee during the 1999 Republic Referendum and worked as an adviser to Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott in 2001. Recently he was known for his role as Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, until 2012, before becoming Director of Government Policy and Strategy at the Australian Catholic University.

Leeser’s success in the seat of Berowra continues its reputation as a stronghold of lawyers: Berowra’s first MP in 1969 was Tom Hughes – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s father in law – who went on to become Australia’s Attorney-General. Philip Ruddock, himself a former Attorney-General, was articled at Sydney firm Berne, Murray & Tout where he was later promoted to partner. As it happens, Philip Ruddock and Julian Leeser are neighbours in Pennant Hills.

Julian Leeser is also one of six Jews in the new Parliament – a record for an Australian Parliament according to the Australian Jewish News.
 

Recent articles & video

Ex-EY global vice chair announced as new global CEO at Dentons

White & Case partner among new vice-chairs for ICC arbitration and ADR commission

LegalVision practice leader wants to pay mentorship forward

Treasury Corporation of Victoria taps Allens for advice on stamp duty reform program

US law firm avoids immediate sanctions over fake claims in Visa and Mastercard settlement

Report reveals law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles move out of downtown areas

Most Read Articles

Kain Lawyers scoops up ex-PwC Australia legal business head as director

Global firms bring A-game to support Orana BESS project

Revealing the top influencers in Australia’s legal profession for 2024

Maddocks pitches in on $1bn medical merger