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New South Wales Bar Association

The New South Wales Bar Association
AbbreviationNSWBar
Formation1936
Legal statusBar Association
PurposeRegulation of Barristers
HeadquartersSydney
Location
  • Australia
Region served
New South Wales
Membership
2,362 practising; 3,218 total (as at 30 June 2023)[1]
President
Dr Ruth Higgins SC[2]
AffiliationsAustralian Bar Association
Websitewww.nswbar.asn.au

The New South Wales Bar Association is a professional body of lawyers responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The body administers the bar examination in accordance with the Legal Profession Uniform Law.

History

Formerly known as the Council of the Bar of New South Wales, the organisation was incorporated on 22 October 1936 as The New South Wales Bar Association. The College of Arms granted the Bar Association's coat of arms in 1959.[3]

Presidents

President Commenced Ended Notes
Richard Clive Teece November 1936 December 1947 [4]
Alan Taylor December 1947 December 1949
Garfield Barwick December 1949 November 1952
Keith Ferguson November 1952 November 1954 [5]
Sir Garfield Barwick November 1954 November 1956
Gordon Wallace November 1956 December 1958
Bruce MacFarlan December 1958 July 1959 [a][6]
Nigel Bowen July 1959 November 1961
Leycester Meares November 1961 December 1963
John Kerr December 1963 December 1964
John Holmes December 1964 November 1965 [a][7]
Maurice Byers November 1965 November 1967
Bernard Riley November 1967 December 1969 [8]
Philip Woodward December 1969 October 1971 [a]
Gordon Samuels October 1971 November 1972 [a]
Denys Needham November 1972 December 1972 [9]
Harold Glass December 1972 September 1973 [a]
Tom Hughes September 1973 December 1975
Douglas McGregor December 1975 November 1977 [10]
Trevor Morling November 1977 December 1979 [11]
Roddy Meagher December 1979 November 1981
Michael McHugh November 1981 December 1983
Murray Gleeson December 1983 December 1985
Roger Gyles December 1985 November 1987
Kenneth Handley November 1987 November 1989
Barry O'Keefe November 1989 December 1991
John Coombs December 1991 November 1993 [12]
Murray Tobias November 1993 November 1995
David Bennett November 1995 December 1997
Ian Barker December 1997 November 1999
Ruth McColl November 1999 November 2001
Bret Walker November 2001 November 2003
Ian Harrison November 2003 November 2005
Michael Slattery November 2005 November 2007 [13]
Anna Katzmann November 2007 November 2009
Tom Bathurst November 2009 May 2011 [a]
Bernard Coles May 2011 November 2012
Phillip Boulten November 2012 May 2014
Jane Needham May 2014 November 2015 [b]
Noel Hutley November 2015 May 2017
Arthur Moses May 2017 November 2018 [14]
Tim Game November 2018 November 2020
Michael McHugh November 2020 May 2022 [15]
Gabrielle Bashir May 2022 November 2023 [16]
Dr Ruth Higgins November 2023 [17]

Arms

Coat of arms of New South Wales Bar Association
Notes
The arms of the New South Wales Bar Association, granted by the Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms on 22 March 1960, consist of:[18]
Crest
On a Wreath Or and Gules, a closed Book proper, standing thereon a pair of Scales Or.
Escutcheon
Ermine, on a Cross Gules a Brief Scroll fessewise proper, Taped Gules, between four Stars each of eight points Or.
Supporters
On the dexter side a Kangaroo, and on the sinister a Lion, both proper.
Motto
Servants of All yet of None
Badge
A Brief Scroll fessewise proper, Taped Gules.

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Resigned to take up an appointment to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
  2. ^ Jane Needham is the daughter of former president Denys Needham

References

  1. ^ New South Wales Bar Association (30 June 2023). "Annual Report 2022–23" (PDF). p. 13. Retrieved 4 May 2024.
  2. ^ New South Wales Bar Association. "Bar Council". Retrieved 4 May 2024.
  3. ^ "About us". New South Wales Bar Association. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  4. ^ Bennett, J M. "Teece, Richard Clive (1877–1965)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538.
  5. ^ Hon. Mr Justice Keith Aubrey Ferguson KC, BA, LLB, NSW State Archives & Records, archived from the original on 5 January 2015
  6. ^ Bruce Panton MacFarlan OBE, KC, BA, LLB Hons, NSW State Archives & Records, archived from the original on 4 March 2016
  7. ^ "John Dashwood Holmes (QC, BA, LLB)". Records - NSW Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ Persse, Jonathan W De B. "Riley, Bernard Blomfield (1912–1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538.
  9. ^ Needham, Jane. "The Hon G D Needham KC" (PDF). NSW Bar Association. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  10. ^ Byers, Maurice, Douglas Gordon Patrick McGregor – Obituary (PDF) (1992 Spring) Bar News: Journal of the New South Wales Bar Association/Summer 29.
  11. ^ "The Hon. Trevor Rees Morling". Supreme Court (NT). Archived from the original on 23 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  12. ^ Ellis, Graham, John Coombs KC (1937–2007) (PDF) (2007 Summer) Bar News: Journal of the New South Wales Bar Association 73.
  13. ^ Slattery, Justice M. (5 January 2024). "Swearing-In Ceremony of the Honourable Michael Slattery KC". New South Wales Judicial Scholarship. [2009] NSW Judicial Scholarship 9.
  14. ^ New South Wales Bar Association (9 November 2017). "Bar Association office bearers for 2018". Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  15. ^ New South Wales Bar Association (12 November 2020). "Bar Association office bearers for 2021". Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  16. ^ New South Wales Bar Association (12 May 2022). "Bar Association office bearers for 2022". Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  17. ^ New South Wales Bar Association (11 November 2023). "Bar Association office bearers for 2024". Retrieved 4 May 2024.
  18. ^ Low, Charles (1971). A Roll of Australian Arms. Adelaide: Rigby Limited. p. 8. ISBN 0-85179-149-2. OCLC 246821.
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