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Two new judges appointed to Federal Court

Barristers from Queensland and New South Wales are the latest appointments to the bench of the Federal Court of Australia.

Roger Derrington QC from Queensland and Michael Lee SC from NSW have been appointed to the Federal Court of Australia. Both judges have began their tenure in the Brisbane and Sydney registries of the Federal Court from this week.

The appointment of both barristers was announced by Attorney-General George Brandis QC last Monday.

“I congratulate Mr Derrington and Mr Lee on their appointments and wish them well in their services as judges at the Federal Court of Australia,” Mr Brandis said.

Roger Derrington was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004 after 14 years of practice as a barrister.

According to a statement released by the attorney-general’s department, Mr Derrington’s main areas of practice have included commercial law, equity and trusts, contractual disputes in the areas of banking, joint venture disputes and insurance, corporations and securities law, trade practices, insolvency and bankruptcy litigation, administrative law, and taxation and revenue law.

Mr Derrington graduated with first class honours in law from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 1986 and went on to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford. After working as a tutor and sessional academic at UQ in 1989, he took on the role of associate for High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan in 1990 and subsequently joined the bar.

Michael Lee signed the Bar and High Court Rolls and commenced practice as a barrister in 2002. He took silk nine years later, principally working on matters which involved commercial law, equity, class actions, administrative law, employment law and anti-discrimination, building and construction, public interest law, commissions and public inquiries, industrial prosecutions, banking and finance, insurance and criminal law.

Mr Lee began his legal career at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in 1989 and joined the firm partnership six years later. He was a graduate from the University of Sydney, and was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1989.

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