Only 12.5 percent of 2005’s 135 applicants for silk in NSW were successful – a lower pass rate than in recent years. The longest serving (David Cowan) had been at the bar for 28 years, while the most recent member (Dickie Cobden) has been before the mast for less than half that time – 13 years. Most of the fresh nylons are clumped around 20 plus years of service.
Fourteen woman applied (10.4 percent) and only Lucy McCallum was triumphant (being 0.7 percent of the total applicants and 5.9 percent of the successful applicants).
There’s some well deserved successes and plenty of deserving names on the passed-over list.
Justinian still believes the system of appointment needs root and branch reform. The latest rant along these lines can be found in The Sydney Morning Herald.
This year the public announcement of the list fell into a heap. The Sydney Morning Herald had the details up on its web site a good hour before the Bar n’ Grill.
Here they are:
David COWAN 11.03.1977
David Ulric ARNOTT 11.07.1980
Peter George MAIDEN 13.03.1981
Simon Demetrius KALFAS 11.02.1983
Paul Hampden BLACKBURN-HART 09.03.1984
Christopher Mark HARRIS 06.07.1984
Paul Ivan LAKATOS 31.08.1984
Philip David YOUNG 22.12.1984
Lindsay James ELLISON 05.07.1985
Craig James LEGGAT 18.12.1987
David Geoffrey STAEHLI 01.01.1988
Richard James BUTTON 30.06.1989
Thomas Guy Radcliffe PARKER 08.02.1991
Fabian GLEESON 08.02.1991
Philip Mark STRICKLAND 02.08.1991
Lucy McCALLUM 30.08.1991
Richard COBDEN 31.08.1992