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Reginald Ian Barrett (born 1 April 1944) was a Judge (2001–2015) and Judge of Appeal (2012–2015) of the Supreme Court of New South Wales[1][2] and became an acting Judge of Appeal in 2016. He had been a corporate and securities lawyer and a partner in Mallesons Stephen Jaques, general counsel for Westpac Banking Corporation and 20 year partner with Allen Allen & Hemsley.


Reginald Ian Barrett

Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
In office
19 March 2001 (2001-03-19) – 20 April 2015 (2015-04-20)
Nominated byBob Debus,
Attorney-General of New South Wales
Appointed byJim Spigelman,
Chief Justice of New South Wales
Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
In office
2012 (2012) – 20 April 2015 (2015-04-20)
Personal details
Born
Reginald Ian Barrett

(1944-04-01) 1 April 1944 (age 75)
NationalityAustralian
EducationNewcastle Boys High School
Alma materThe University of Sydney (Wesley College)
OccupationLawyer; jurist

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Early life and educationEdit

Reginald Ian Barrett was born on 1 April 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of Ronald Arthur Barrett and Lila Jean née Frew who had married in 1941.[3][1][4]

He completed his secondary education (Leaving Certificate) at Newcastle Boys High School and matriculated to the University of Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1964 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1967.[1][4][5]

He returned to Sydney Law School for further studies and was graduated as a Master of laws with first class honours in 1971.[1]

He served as a councillor of Wesley College at the University of Sydney between 1970 and 1977 where he had been elected senior student in his final undergraduate year.[4][5]

CareerEdit

Barrett was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales on 17 March 1967.[6]

He was an articled clerk (1964 – 1967) with Allen Allen & Hemsley, a year behind William Gummow (later puisne justice of the High Court of Australia) and a year ahead of John Lehane (later a Federal Court judge).[7] On admission he became an employed solicitor and made partner in 1971.[1] From 1987 to 1989 he was their resident partner in London.[4][5]

Barrett was appointed as a part-time member of the Companies and Securities Law Review Committee between 1983 and 1987.[1][4]

In 1991 Barrett left Allens to become Group Secretary and General Counsel for Westpac Banking Corporation which had been one of his clients at Allens.[1][4][7]

From 1991 he was a part-time member of the Commonwealth Companies and Securities Advisory Committee and convenor of its legal committee.[1]

In May 1995 Barrett became a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he practised until his commission as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2001.[1][4] In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange Appeal Tribunal and then Chairman in January 1998.[1] As a corporate and securities law specialist he was involved in several important and complex Australian corporate cases: the 1995 Westpac Challenge Bank merger, the NRMA insurance demutualisation, Comalco's takeover of Rio Tinto and the Australian Stock Exchange demutualisation and self-listing which was a world first.[1]

Barrett has been noted for his commitment to legal education.[1] From 1973 to 1974 and from 1976 to 1987 (when he left Australia to work in London), he was a part-time lecturer at the Sydney Law School of The University of Sydney. He was also a consultant to the Legal Workshop, Australian National University from 1973 to 1977.[1][4] He chaired the Legal Qualifications Committee of the New South Wales Legal Practitioners Admission Board (2004 – 06) which he had joined in 2002.[4]

Barrett has been a member of the editorial board of the Company and Securities Law Journal since it began publication in 1982.[4] He is the general editor of Robson's Annotated Corporations Legislation, a member of the advisory board of Practical Law Australia and an assistant editor of the New South Wales Law Reports.

Barrett was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Country of New South Wales on 19 March 2001. In 2012 he was commissioned as a Judge on the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Barrett resigned from both positions with effect from 20 April 2015.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

On the 1 August 1970 he married Susan, the daughter of Mervyn G. and Dorothy M. Campbell. They have two sons.[4]

He has sung with the Sydney Philharmonic Choir including as one of their twelve hundred at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.[1][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Debus, R. J. (19 March 2001). Attorney General's Address to the Court (PDF) (Speech). Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Reginald Ian Barrett. Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Bathurst, CJ (20 April 2015). Retirement as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (PDF) (Speech). Farewell Ceremony for The Honourable Reginald Ian Barrett. Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Index of Marriages registered in New South Wales". Government of New South Wales. Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. 1941/14445 (Marrickville).
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Who's Who Live (Australia)". Crown Content. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d Meagher, N.; President, Law Society of New South Wales (19 March 2001). Address to the Court (Speech). Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Reginald Ian Barrett. Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 26 July 2011.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "New South Wales Law Almanac" (PDF) (1968 ed.). Sydney: New South Wales Government Printer for the Attorney General. 2002 [1968]: 113.
  7. ^ a b Barrett, Reginald Ian (19 March 2001). Barrett J. response to remarks on his swearing in (Speech). Swearing in Ceremony of The Honourable Reginald Ian Barrett. Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales. Retrieved 26 July 2011.