Tom Bathurst

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Tom Bathurst was called to the bar in 1977 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987.

He was a member of the Australian Government Takeovers, Mergers and Corporate Reconstructions Panel between 2006 and 2011.

He served as President of the Australian Bar Association between 2008 and 2010 and as President of the NSW Bar Association from 2009 to 2011.

Tom served as Chief Justice of New South Wales from 1 June 2011 until his retirement on 5 March 2022.

He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014 and was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2016.

In 2019 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

2015-2022 Chair of the Judicial Section of LAWASIA.

Chair of the NSW Law Reform Commission from 1 June 2022.

Appointed an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court on 5 October 2022.

In April 2023 Tom was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Government of Japan for his contribution to strengthening ties between Japan and Australia and the promotion of mutual understanding in the judicial field.

Fellow of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).

Member of the Australian Academy of Law.

Member of INSOL International.

Member of LAWASIA.