In December the Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon Wayne Martin AC, announced the appointment of two Senior Counsel for 2014, after 12 applications were received. Congratulations to Georgian Michael Berry (1989) who was one of the appointments.
Appointment as Senior Counsel (formerly Queens Counsel) is based on eminence in the practice of law, especially in advocacy, unquestioned integrity, availability and independence. A Committee advises the Chief Justice on applications for appointment. The Committee, chaired by Chief Justice Martin, comprises the President of the Court of Appeal, the Senior Judge of the Supreme Court, the President of the State Administrative Tribunal, the Senior Judge of the Federal Court resident in Perth, the Chief Judge of the Family Court and the Chief Judge of the District Court.
Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Philosophy) in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate programme) in 1995 from The University of Western Australia. He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1996. He has specialised in the field of family law, first practicing at Ilbery Barblett from 1996 – 1998, before joining Kim Wilson & Co from 1998 – 2005. Since November 2005, he has been a Barrister-at-Law in John Toohey Chambers providing advice and advocacy in family law matters. He taught family law in the UWA Faculty of Law from 1996 – 2002. He is currently a council member for the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia, and was Secretary of the WA Bar Association Council in 2007 – 2008.