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Structuring Commerical Litigation Claims

Speakers: The Hon Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM

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Litigation Convention - 21/11/2015




The Hon. Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM
Supreme Court of Tasmania
After graduating from the University of Sydney with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
degrees, His Honour practised as a barrister in civil litigation, criminal and family law. He
was the President of the Law Society of Tasmania in 1989-90. He was appointed Queen’s
Counsel in 1995. In 1996 he was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
for services to the arts. In 2000 he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of
Tasmania. His Honour has sat, and still sits, on many Committees, Boards and Tribunals in
the legal, arts and health sectors, in many instances as chairperson. He is keenly interested
in legal education and has had considerable involvement with the Board of Legal Education
and Centre for Legal Studies which conducts the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course. His
Honour was involved the teaching of legal trainees at the TLPC for some twenty years and
was the Director of the Centre for Legal Studies between 2008 and 2013. On 8 April 2013,
he was appointed Chief Justice of Tasmania, replacing Ewan Crawford who had reached the
mandatory retirement age of 72. For five months in 2014, due to the unexpected death of
then Governor Peter Underwood on 7 July, His Honour was appointed Lieutenant-Governor
acting as Administrator. Whilst performing this role he continued to carry out his duties
as Chief Justice. His Honour remains a strong advocate of, and an active contributor to,
continuing professional development for the Tasmanian legal profession.

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