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Issue 81 - Dec 2017
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Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Hearsay .

Judicial Appointments

There has been a number of appointments since the last edition:

The Hon Justice Ann Lyons was appointed as Senior Judge Administrator on 24 August 2017.

On 29 September 2017, Mr Peter Davis QC was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland effective from 16 October 2017.

On 29 September 2017, it was also announced that Ms Tracy Fantin was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland, also effective from 16 October 2017.

A Welcome Ceremony for Bernard Porter QC (appointed 28 August 2017) and Jennifer Rosengren (appointed 11 September 2017) as Judges of the District Court of Queensland, was held on Friday 13 October 2017.

The Hon Justice Daubney was appointed President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 16 October 2017.

Professor Sarah Derrington was appointed President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) for a five year term and also appointed a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, from which she is seconded during her tenure as President of the ALRC.

New Queen’s Counsel

After a slight delay due the State election, it was announced that the following barristers had been appointed Queen’s Counsel for 2017:

Justin Andrew Greggery

Melanie Heather Hindman

Michael Robert Hodge

Benjamin Job

John William Peden

Darlene Ann Skennar

Michael Anthony Williamson

Bar Council Elections 2017

As a result of the Bar Council election, the following were elected:

President: Gavin Alexander (Sandy) Thompson QC

Vice President: Rebecca Mary Treston QC


Glen Peter Cash QC

Nicholas Andreatidis

Thomas Joseph Bradley QC

Florence Jing-Wen Chen

David Edward Francis Chesterman

Liam Matthew Dollar

Catherine Claire Heyworth-Smith QC

Michael Robert Hodge QC

Keith Sylvester Howe

Viviana Patricia Keegan

Douglas Robert Murtagh Murphy QC

Bernard Reilly

Christopher James Ryall

Andrew Neil Schonell Skoien

Kate Ellen Slack

Thomas Philip Sullivan QC

Congratulations to all those recently appointed and elected. 


Sadly, Mr Peter Darwin who was called to the Bar on 19 August 1975, passed away on 13 September 2017, aged 68 years.

This Edition

In this edition, we are lucky to have an excellent paper by Justice Peter Applegarth, marking 150 years since the birth of Lord Atkin, at Tank Street, in the heart of the legal precinct. As his Honour’s paper amply demonstrates, Lord Atkin rose from humble beginnings to the height of the legal system, showing yet again that anything is possible.

Also included in this edition are some excellent papers and book reviews, which I trust readers will find interesting and informative.

From all at Hearsay I would like to wish all readers a happy and safe holiday period and best wishes for the coming year. I would also like to record my thanks and appreciation to Assistant Editor Jennifer Hewson, Book Review Editor Stephen Keim SC, Greg and his staff at Getset Media and Brett and his staff at Cyberstyle, Kelsey Rissman and the staff at the Association, as well as all the contributors throughout the year, and, of course our loyal readers.

Adrian Duffy QC


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