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Advocacy & Legal Change: Hon French AC & Hon Heerey AM QC




Law Society of Tasmania

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Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

Staffordshire House (videolink)

56 Charles Street Launceston, TAS

Rae & Partners Devonport (videolink)

13 Fenton Street Devonport, TAS

McLean McKenzie & Topfer (videolink)

41 Cattley Street Burnie, TAS

CPD Guide: 1 (PS, SL)

The Hon Robert French AC, joined by The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC, will present a seminar at the Law Society at 28 Murray Street. This will be videolinked to the North and North-West.

The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC will speak on Appellate Advocacy and Storytelling with particular reference to the case of Giannarelli v Wraith.

The Society invites you to stay on for networking drinks from 5-6pm.


Speaker Bios

The Hon Robert French AC was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in September 2008. At the time of his appointment he was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in November 1986.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted in 1972 and practised as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Western Australian Bar. From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the National Native Title Tribunal. At the time of his appointment he was an additional member of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a member of the Supreme Court of Fiji. He was also a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal and a part-time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission. From 2001 to January 2005 he was president of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. Chief Justice French was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2010.


The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC graduated with degrees in Law (First Class Honours) and Arts from the University of Tasmania. After four years as a solicitor he commenced practice at the Victorian Bar in 1967. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985 and a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1990. He served on the Court until retirement in 2009.  On the Court his work at both trial and appellate level involved commercial law (intellectual property, competition law, corporate and contractual disputes) and public law (judicial review of administrative decisions, taxation etc).

While on the Court he also served as President of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal, a panel of Federal Court and State and Territory Supreme Court Judges which hears appeals from Courts Martial and Defence Force Magistrates and asDeputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal. 

Since retirement from the Court he has returned to the Victorian Bar practising in advice, arbitration and mediation.

Also since retirement Mr Heerey has served a term as Chair of the Australian Electoral Commission, the body responsible for the conduct of Federal elections in Australia.  Mr Heerey chairs the Advisory Board for the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property at the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Competition Law Program at the University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania.

In 2012 Mr Heerey was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.


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