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2 silks appointed to NSW District Court

NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley has named two Sydney-based senior counsel as the newest judges of the state’s District Court.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 14 August 2023 The Bar
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Paul McGuire SC and Greg Waugh SC have been appointed judges of the District Court of NSW, with the A-G’s Department noting that the pair bring “many years of skill and expertise to the bench”.

Mr McGuire will replace His Honour Judge Chris Hoy SC, who retired on 2 June, and Mr Waugh will replace His Honour Judge Leonard Levy SC, who retired on 26 June.


Speaking about the two appointments, A-G Daley said: “The District Court of NSW is fortunate to have two senior counsel of such high calibre appointed to the bench.

“Mr McGuire and Mr Waugh have amassed almost 75 years of experience between them, bringing their incisive legal minds to matters in almost every jurisdiction in NSW.”

Mr McGuire has practised at the private bar for 24 years, the last eight of which as senior counsel. He is, the A-G’s Department detailed, an experienced trial and appellate advocate whose specialist areas include criminal law, white-collar crime, Ponzi schemes, tax and revenue fraud, money laundering, terrorism, and commercial and equity matters.

Mr Waugh was called to the bar in 1990 and appointed senior counsel in 2017, whose areas of expertise include contract law, negligence, trusts, unconscionable conduct, real property, estoppel, wills, probate, and family provision.

Mr McGuire will be sworn in on 23 August, and Mr Waugh will be sworn in on 25 August.