Welcome to Professor William Gummow, AC

4 April 2013

Photo courtesy of The Australian

Sydney Law School is delighted to welcome former High Court Justice, Professor William Gummow, AC (BA 1962, LLB 1965, LLM 1970, LLD 1992) back to the Faculty.

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 awarding him with an honorary doctorate in law (LLD).

Professor Gummow first practised 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.

Throughout his legal career, and while on the Federal Court, Professor Gummow was an Adjunct Professor teaching intellectual property and, most recently, Equity.

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 2013.

Professor Gummow will be sharing his knowledge with students through guest lectures in a range of areas, including Foundations of Law, Intellectual Property, Equity and Statutory Interpretation.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 34133357543a18502102585f051a3e73111c4f1f040944541220410921