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Former WA chief justice joins international chambers

Former WA chief justice joins international chambers

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC has joined 39 Essex Chambers as a door tenant.

Mr Martin, who was the 13th Chief Justice of Western Australia, serving between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July of this year, will be taking appointments with the global chambers as an international arbitrator and mediator.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors, 39 Essex noted.

“His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others).”

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Before taking judicial office, he also held a number of elected positions such as president of the Western Australian Bar Association, chairman of the Law Reform Commission, president of the Law Society and director of the Law Council of Australia. In 2012, he was appointed as a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to the judiciary and the state's legal system.

39 Essex Chambers chief executive Lindsay Scott says: “We are thrilled to welcome Wayne to Chambers. We continue to see an increasing demand for our services in the Asia-Pacific and the addition of Wayne [as a renowned international arbitrator] will further develop the strength of our offering in the region and elsewhere overseas.”

Mr Martin retired from the bench after 12 years in the role of Chief Justice, and was replaced by Peter Quinlan SC.

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