The Honourable Thomas Frederick Bathurst QC was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales on 1 June 2011.
He graduated with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney in 1971 and went on to practice as a solicitor in 1972.
He was admitted as a barrister in 1977, specializing in corporate law and litigation and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. His considerable experience in corporate law saw his appointment as a member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel (2006-2011).
Prior to his appointment to the bench, the Chief Justice served as President of both the Australian Bar Association (2008-2010) and the New South Wales Bar Association (2009-2011), the Executive Committee of which he has been a member since 2002.
The Chief Justice was sworn in as Administrator of the State on 1 June 2011 and as Lieutenant-Governor on 1 February 2012.