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ACT Bar elects new president

The ACT Bar Association has elected a new president.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 08 February 2023 The Bar
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Marcus Hassall, who was admitted to practice in Canberra in 1994, has been elected as the new president of the ACT Bar Association.

He takes over from Rebecca Curran, who was appointed as a justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1). 

Her appointment as a judge commenced yesterday (6 February).


In a statement, the association noted that Mr Hassall practised as a solicitor with the Australian Government Solicitor between 1996 and 1997 and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in its Sydney, Darwin and Canberra offices for 12 years.

He has also served as the national coordinator for the Commonwealth DPP’s proceeds of crime litigation.

Mr Hassall was called to the bar in 2011 and practises in commercial, administrative, criminal, proceeds of crime and other matters, and appears in both ACT and interstate superior courts. 

He also is admitted to practice in Fiji, “where he appeared in a high-profile criminal proceeding in 2022”.

Speaking about his election, Mr Hassall said: “It is a privilege to be chosen by my peers to perform the role of president.

“I look forward to discharging the role with vigour, commitment and goodwill and to continuing the great work of our immediate past presidents, Rebecca Curran and Andrew Muller.”