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Four barristers have been elevated to the bench of the Federal Court of Australia.

Darren Jackson SC, Michael O’Bryan QC, Angus Stewart SC and John Snaden have been appointed as judges of the Federal Court of Australia.

The appointments of Mr O’Bryan and Mr Stewart will provide the Federal Court with “additional resources to accommodate the expected increase in caseload arising from intensified enforcement action in civil matters by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission” following the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, the Attorney-General’s department noted in a statement.

The appointment of Mr Snaden will provide the Federal Court with additional resourcing and expertise in the employment and industrial relations jurisdiction, including matters arising under the Fair Work jurisdiction and related legislation, the statement continued.

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Mr Jackson, who was called to the Western Australian Bar in 2010 and was appointed silk in 2016, will commence in the Perth registry on 20 March 2019. His appointment fills the vacancy following the retirement of the Honourable Michael Barker QC.

Mr O’Bryan will commence in the Melbourne registry on 26 February 2019. He was called to the bar in 2002 and appointed silk in 2011.

Mr Stewart practised at the bar in South Africa for 15 years, with five years as silk, and was called to the NSW Bar in 2011 and was appointed silk in 2014.

Mr Snaden will commence in the Melbourne registry on 29 April 2019. He was called to the Victorian Bar in 2005.

“On behalf of the government, I congratulate Mr Stewart, Mr O’Bryan, Mr Jackson and Mr Snaden on their appointments and thank them for their willingness to serve the people of Australia as judges of the Federal Court of Australia,” Attorney-General Christian Porter said.

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