6 St James' Hall is delighted to note today's announcement by the Commonwealth Attorney-General Sen. the Hon. George Brandis of our long-standing member Mr Philip Dowdy to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, commencing in the Sydney registry on 7 December 2015.
The Court is an independent federal court under the Australian Constitution. It is a federal court of record and a court of law and equity.
Mr Dowdy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1975 from the University of Sydney. He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1978. Mr Dowdy was an Articled Clerk for Clayton Utz from 1976 to 1978, prior to being called to the New South Wales bar in 1978. He has practiced at the Bar for over thirty years and his primary areas of practice are banking, equity and commercial law.