Kathleen Farrell (judge)

Kathleen Farrell is an Australian judge. She has been a judge of the Federal Court of Australia since 2012 and among the very few solicitors to have been appointed directly to the court.[1][2]

Lucy Kathleen Farrell
Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
Assumed office
5 December 2012
Personal details
Born1955/1956 (age 63–65)
EducationMonte Sant'Angelo Mercy College
University of Sydney
OccupationJudge, Lawyer

Farrell went to school at Monte Sant'Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney, and studied law and arts at the University of Sydney graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in 1979.[1] Farrell worked for her entire career as a solicitor at Freehills, from when she was admitted in July 1979, working with Kim Santow, David Gonski and James Allsop. She was promoted to partner in 1984, aged 28.[3] In 1992 and 1993 Farrell was seconded from Freehills to be the National Coordinator for Enforcement at the Australian Securities Commission. In 2000 Farrell stepped back from partnership, becoming a consultant. Farrell also had experience as a director of various director of various companies.[1] Farrell was appointed a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel in 2001 and elevated to President of the panel from 2010, the first lawyer and first woman so appointed.[4]

In 2012 Farrell was appointed a judge of the Federal Court due to her expertise in business and corporate law.[1] Chief Justice Allsop attributed the appointment of women solicitors to the bench, such as Federal Court judges Farrell, and Brigitte Markovic, NSW Supreme Court judge Julie Ward and Anne Ferguson of the Supreme Court of Victoria, as being a function of the shortage of women barristers aged 50–55, with women being just 10% of senior counsel and 20% of barristers.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Ceremonial Sitting of the Full Court for the Swearing in and Welcome of the Honourable Justice Farrell". Federal Court. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2017 – via AustLII.
  2. ^ "Farrell appointed Federal Court judge". news.com.au. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Kathy Farrell appointed President of Takeovers Panel" (PDF). Law Council of Australia. September 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Freehills consultant new head of Takeovers Panel". lawyersweekly.com.au. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ Pelly, M (18 December 2015). "Gender bias 'based on ignorance': Chief Justice James Allsop". TheAustralian.com.au. Retrieved 8 November 2017.