Thomas Frederick Bathurst AC, 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.
As Chief Justice, his style and title is "The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of New South Wales". When administering the State, his style and title is "His Excellency the Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales".