Victoria Supreme Court announces 25 new senior counsel

The 2023 Silks were chosen from 80 applicants representing a range of backgrounds and practice

Victoria Supreme Court announces 25 new senior counsel

Victoria Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Ferguson has announced the appointment of 25 new Senior Counsel.

The 2023 Silks were chosen from 80 applicants, consisting of 59 men and 21 women. The selection process involved a thorough consultation with the Victorian bar, the broader profession, the Legal Services Commissioner and the judiciary.

The court opened the applications for the appointment of 2023 Senior Counsel last 26 April. People who are admitted to practise as an Australian lawyer, an officer of the Victoria Supreme Court, and who practise exclusively or substantially as counsel were eligible to apply.

“Once again, our newest Silks represent a range of backgrounds and areas of practice and are highly regarded leaders in their fields,” Ferguson said.

The chief justice emphasised that being appointed to senior counsel is a significant accomplishment as it recognises a person’s skill, integrity, independence, and standing in the profession.

“It is the expectation of the profession and the judiciary that the new Silks will provide outstanding service to the administration of justice and be true leaders in every sense of the word. I warmly congratulate each and every one of them,” the chief justice added.

There will be a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court to welcome the new Silks in the Banco Court on 8 November 2023. The proceedings will be web-streamed and available to view live and on-demand.

The newly appointed Senior Counsel are:

  • Richard Jon Harris
  • Sharon Elizabeth Lacy
  • Helen Dellidis
  • John Robert Gurr
  • Dean Giustin Guidolin
  • Kylie Marie Evans
  • Luke Andrew Merrick
  • Travis Penleigh Mitchell
  • Paul George Liondas
  • Simon Thomas Pitt
  • Peter Edward O’Farrell
  • Hamish Lamont Redd
  • Matthew John Follett
  • Gabrielle Crafti
  • Kateena Anne O’Gorman
  • Tamieka Spencer Bruce
  • Richard Henry Stanley
  • Barnaby Charles Chessell
  • John Richard Martin Tracey
  • Liam Tamas Brown
  • Fiona Clare Spencer
  • Catherine Alice Boston
  • Christopher Robert Brown
  • Shaun Edward Gladman
  • Rishi Narendrakumar Nathwani

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