Hearsay ... the Journal of the Bar Association of Queensland
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Issue 30: October 2008
Featured Chambers Print E-mail

intro_feat_chamb.jpgHearsay is indebted to Gibbs Chambers for agreeing to be our Featured Chambers for this edition and, in particular, to Richard Douglas SC for co-ordinating the wealth of material supplied for it.

Gibbs Chambers is located on Level 15, Quay Central, 95 North Quay. The group was established in 1990. The remaining original members are Lister Harrison QC, David Russell QC and Richard Douglas SC.

The other members of chambers are Peter Bickford, Kevin Holyoak, Andrew Musgrave, Rebecca Treston, Mark Robertson and David Schneidewin. Harrison QC is head of chambers.

sir_harry_gibbs.jpgHarrison QC was associate to Sir Harry Gibbs for two years. This spanned the last year of Sir Harry’s tenure as a judge of the Queensland Supreme and the first year of his tenure as a judge of the Federal Bankruptcy Court and ACT Supreme Court. Lister’s father was Professor Walter Harrison, former head of the TC Beirne Law School at the University of Queensland. Douglas SC is a great grandson of Beirne. In this edition of Hearsay, Lister has penned an insightful article about his famous father.

The practice areas of chambers comprise a rich tapestry. Revenue, estate planning, succession, administrative, insurance and general commercial law are comprehended. Russell QC and Robertson, given their revenue practices, also have chambers at Ground Floor Wentworth in Sydney. Douglas SC is a Sydney tenant of Russell QC.

On submitting the material for this edition of Hearsay, Douglas SC remarked:

"We strive to be a convivial group. We enjoy the company of our chamber confreres, and that of our six secretaries. We regularly dine together in company with our partners.

Each member has contributed an article to this edition of Hearsay. While the black letter law articles may prove instructive, Robertson’s idea of preparation on the golf course and Russell QC’s background to emissions trading are likely to appeal to readers’ eclectic tastes. Treston’s interview of recent judicial appointees will prove instructive to new members of the bar; judges are human!

We encourage other groups to be a featured, and contributing chambers for Hearsay."


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