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WA appoints 6 new senior counsel - 2019

Six practitioners have been appointed to senior counsel in Western Australia, which the state’s Law Society called “recognition of their demonstrated distinction”.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 02 December 2019 The Bar
Supreme Court of Western Australia
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Last week, the Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Honourable Justice Peter Quinlan, announced that six practitioners had been appointed to senior counsel.

The appointments are: Jason MacLaurin, Joseph Garas, Henry Jackson, Laura Christian, Julie Taylor and Justin Whalley.


Mr MacLaurin practises as a barrister from Francis Burt Chambers and is the editor of the Law Society’s Brief journal, Mr Garas is a barrister practising in commercial litigation and arbitration, Mr Jackson practises predominantly in public law, including planning and environment, land compensation and local government, Ms Christian is a consultant state prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms Taylor maintains a practice in commercial litigation in jurisdictions throughout Australia, including in Western Australia, NSW and Queensland, and Mr Whalley is a Consultant State Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In response to the appointments, Law Society of Western Australia president Greg McIntyre said: “On behalf of the Law Society and the wider legal profession I congratulate each of the newly appointed senior counsel.”

“Their appointment is recognition of their demonstrated distinction in the practice of law. Each of the appointees has proven their legal abilities and integrity over lengthy careers,” he added.