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Northern Territory appoints two senior counsel

Northern Territory appoints two senior counsel

Sonia Brownhill

Sonia Brownhill and Matthew Nathan have been appointed as senior counsel in the Northern Territory by the Chief Justice.

Ms Brownhill (pictured) is the third woman to be appointed as senior counsel in the NT. There are a total of 13 silks in the territory.

Ms Brownhill was appointed crown counsel in 2005, and then joined the independent Bar in 2011 where she has practised in areas such as property law, administrative and public law, town planning, general contract law, negligence and personal injury law.

The Law Society Northern Territory president Tass Liveris said: “Diversity is a major issue in the legal profession right now.

“The NT has a proud history of high-achieving women in the law, and it is wonderful to see the exemplary achievements of female leaders in the law being recognised through appointments such as this.”

Mr Nathan, who moved to Darwin from Brisbane in 2008 to commence as a senior crown prosecutor, became the second prosecutor to be appointed senior counsel in the NT.

Mr Nathan is a leader in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and at the criminal Bar where he regularly appears in serious, lengthy and complex criminal trials and appeals in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

“The reality is that the vast majority of trial work in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory is in criminal, as is a substantial proportion of the appellate work in our courts,” Mr Liveris said.

“It is wonderful to see the hard work of leading lawyers in the criminal division of the legal profession acknowledged through appointments like this.”

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