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NSW Bar appoints 26 senior counsel

The president of the NSW Bar Association has announced the senior counsel appointments for 2015.

user iconLara Bullock 25 September 2015 The Bar
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NSW Bar Association president Jane Needham SC (pictured) announced that 26 out of 113 barristers were successful in their application for silks this year - 23 men and three women.

The 26 appointments bring the total number of barristers holding silk in NSW to 392, of which 9.95 per cent are women.

This percentage is up from 9.87 per cent in 2014 but still below the 10.8 per cent in 2013.


The percentage of women silks is still far below the percentage of women barristers.

Out of the 2,324 barristers holding a NSW practising certificate, 497 are women – 21.4 per cent of the total.

This percentage has improved from 20.8 per cent in 2014 and 19.9 per cent in 2013.

The three women appointed senior counsel this year are Dominique Hogan-Doran, who commenced practice at the NSW Bar in 1995, Maria Cinque, who commenced practice in 1998, and Gina O’Rourke, who commenced practice in 2002.

The barrister with the most years of experience to be appointed senior counsel is John Turnbull, who commenced practice in 1983, and the barrister with the shortest amount of time under their belt is Jeremy Giles, who commenced practice in 2006.

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