Professor William Gummow

AC, BA LLB LLD (Sydney)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Professor William Gummow AC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Professor Gummow completed his secondary education at Sydney Grammar School. He went on to study at the University of Sydney, where he graduated as Bachelor of Arts, and later Master of Laws, both with first-class honours. One of his lecturers was Sir Anthony Mason.

Professor Gummow was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civil honour, in 1997, and awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001. In 1992, The University of Sydney honoured Professor Gummow's scholarly contributions to the law by conferring him with an honorary doctorate in law (LLD).

Professor Gummow first practiced as a solicitor with law firm Allen Allen and Hemsley. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1966 and became a partner of the firm in 1969. He had a diverse practice, including banking law, intellectual property litigation, commercial transactions and some constitutional law.

After 10 years in practice as a solicitor, Professor Gummow was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1976. At the bar, his practice included equity, commercial, tax and intellectual property matters. It also included large constitutional issues and in many cases he appeared as a junior to then Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Maurice Byers. Professor Gummow was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1986.

In 1986, Professor Gummow was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia. He was appointed to the High Court of Australia in April 1995, retired from the High Court in October 2012 and was appointed Professor of Law at the University of Sydney commencing February 2013.

Awards and honours

  • Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), 1997
  • Centenary Medal, 2001.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gummow, W. (1999). Change and Continuity: Statute, Equity, and Federalism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Meagher, R., Gummow, W., Jacobs, K. (1997). Jacobs' law of trusts in Australia (6th Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Heydon, J., Gummow, W., Austin, R. (1993). Cases and Materials on Equity and Trusts (4th Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Meagher, R., Gummow, W., Lehane, J. (1992). Equity: Doctrines and Remedies (3rd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Heydon, J., Gummow, W., Austin, R. (1989). Cases and Materials on Equity and Trusts (3rd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Jacobs, K., Meagher, R., Gummow, W. (1986). Jacobs' law of trusts in Australia (5th Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Meagher, R., Gummow, W., Lehane, J. (1984). Equity, doctrines and remedies (2nd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Heydon, J., Gummow, W., Austin, R. (1982). Cases and Materials on Equity and Trusts (2nd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

Book Chapters

  • Gummow, W. (1985). Forfeiture and certainty: The High Court and the House of Lords. In Paul D. Finn (Eds.), Essays in Equity. Australia: Law Book Company, The.

Journals

  • Gummow, W. (2013). Knowing assistance. Australian Law Journal, 87(5), 311-319.
  • Gummow, W. (2013). The equitable duties of company directors. Australian Law Journal, 87(11), 753-760.
  • Gummow, W. (2013). The Selection of the Major Premise. Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2(1), 47-59. [More Information]

2013

  • Gummow, W. (2013). Knowing assistance. Australian Law Journal, 87(5), 311-319.
  • Gummow, W. (2013). The equitable duties of company directors. Australian Law Journal, 87(11), 753-760.
  • Gummow, W. (2013). The Selection of the Major Premise. Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2(1), 47-59. [More Information]

1999

  • Gummow, W. (1999). Change and Continuity: Statute, Equity, and Federalism. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

1997

  • Meagher, R., Gummow, W., Jacobs, K. (1997). Jacobs' law of trusts in Australia (6th Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

1993

  • Heydon, J., Gummow, W., Austin, R. (1993). Cases and Materials on Equity and Trusts (4th Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

1992

  • Meagher, R., Gummow, W., Lehane, J. (1992). Equity: Doctrines and Remedies (3rd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

1989

  • Heydon, J., Gummow, W., Austin, R. (1989). Cases and Materials on Equity and Trusts (3rd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

1986

  • Jacobs, K., Meagher, R., Gummow, W. (1986). Jacobs' law of trusts in Australia (5th Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

1985

  • Gummow, W. (1985). Forfeiture and certainty: The High Court and the House of Lords. In Paul D. Finn (Eds.), Essays in Equity. Australia: Law Book Company, The.

1984

  • Meagher, R., Gummow, W., Lehane, J. (1984). Equity, doctrines and remedies (2nd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

1982

  • Heydon, J., Gummow, W., Austin, R. (1982). Cases and Materials on Equity and Trusts (2nd Edition). Sydney: Butterworths.

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