King's Counsel and Senior Counsel

The Office of Senior Counsel in Western Australia was introduced in 2001 to replace the Office of Queen's Counsel (now known as King’s Counsel). Appointment as Senior Counsel is based on eminence in the practice of law. A committee advises the Chief Justice on applications for appointment.

King's Counsel

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III to the throne, some of Australia’s barristers – formerly referred to as Queen’s Counsel (QCs) – will now be called King’s Counsel (KCs).

  Appointed
The Hon Malcolm James McCusker AC, CVO, KC 12 January 1982
Mr Ronald John Davies KC 20 March 1984
Mr Robert Kenneth O'Connor KC 12 December 1989
Mr Stephen Owen-Conway KC 21 January 1992
Dr Anthony Frank Dickey KC 15 April 1993
Mr Frank Castiglione KC 11 March 1997
Mr Thomas Francis Percy KC 16 December 1997
Mr Mark Terence Trowell KC 8 February 2000
Ms Raelene Joyce Webb KC 20 April 2004

Senior Counsel

  Appointed
Mr Kimberley Robert Wilson SC 24 September 2001
Mr Kenneth Malcolm Pettit SC 27 March 2002
Hon Peter M'Callum Dowding SC 13 November 2002
Mr Gregory Malcolm Grant McIntyre SC 13 November 2002
Mr Christopher Patrick Shanahan SC 1 December 2004
Mr Mark Timothy Ritter SC 1 December 2004
Mr Grant Richard Donaldson SC 1 December 2004
Mr Michael John Gadsby Nicholls QC 16 October 2006
Mr Theo Lampropoulos SC 23 November 2007
Ms Patricia Elaine Cahill SC 24 November 2009
Mr Matthew Daunton Howard SC 24 November 2009
Mr Stephen Michael Davies SC 24 November 2009
Mr Selva Kanagananda Dharmananda SC 6 December 2010
Mr Brahmananda Dharmananda SC 5 December 2011
Mr Rodney Stuart Hooper SC 28 November 2012
Mr Joshua Andrew Thomson SC 28 November 2012
Ms Karen Josephine Farley SC 3 December 2013
Mr Martin David Cuerden SC 25 November 2014
Mr Paul Dennis Yovich SC 1 December 2015
Mr John Basil Blackburn SC 1 December 2015
Mr Stephen James Wright SC 29 November 2017
Mr Simon Dieter Freitag SC 29 November 2017
Mr John Robert Broderick Ley SC 13 November 2018
Mr John Basil Hedges SC 13 November 2018
Mr Steven Penglis SC 13 November 2018
Ms Carolyn Janet Thatcher SC 13 November 2018
Mr Gary David Cobby SC 13 November 2018
Mr Alain Jonathan Musikanth SC 13 November 2018
Mr Jason Duncan MacLaurin SC 27 November 2019
Mr Joseph Garas SC 27 November 2019
Ms Laura Elizabeth Christian SC 27 November 2019
Ms Julie Katherine Taylor SC 27 November 2019
Mr Justin Campbell Whalley SC 27 November 2019
Mr Graham Droppert SC 25 November 2020
Ms Penelope Jane Giles SC 25 November 2020
Mr Alan John Sefton SC 25 November 2020
Mr Matthew Curwood SC 25 November 2020
Ms Kim Rosemary Lendich SC 25 November 2020
Mr Lindsay Makinson Fox SC 25 November 2020
Mr Geoffrey Paul Bourhill SC 22 October 2021
Mr Steven James Jones SC 22 October 2021
Mr Darren William Leslie Renton SC 22 October 2021
Ms Clare Helen Thompson SC 22 October 2021
Mr Griffin Jay Ranson SC 22 October 2021
Mr Terence James Palmer SC 22 October 2021
Mr Leigh Warnick SC 26 October 2022
Ms Bettina Mangan SC 26 October 2022
Mr Craig Bydder SC 26 October 2022
Mr Timothy Hammond SC 26 October 2022
Ms Fiona Seaward SC 26 October 2022
Mr Eric Heenan SC 26 October 2022
Ms Rachael Young SC 26 October 2022
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