One of the State's leading barristers has been appointed as the new Solicitor-General of Western Australia.
Attorney General Michael Mischin today announced Peter Quinlan SC as the new Solicitor-General to provide the State with legal and constitutional advice, and appear in the High Court and other courts in litigation to which this State was a party, or in which this State intervened.
Mr Mischin said Mr Quinlan's varied breadth and quality of legal and courtroom experience made him an ideal appointment to the position.
"Mr Quinlan has an extensive and varied legal practice in a wide range of matters, as well as broad knowledge of public and constitutional law and has authored several articles and papers on legal and ethical issues," he said.
Mr Quinlan has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1st Class) from The University of Western Australia, where he won the HCF Keall Prize in Law for best final year student.
He joined the then Crown Solicitor's Office in 1993 as professional assistant to the then Solicitor-General, before working as associate to the Hon Justice Parker AO at the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1995.
He returned to the then Crown Solicitor's Office in 1996, working in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, and was later appointed as Assistant Crown Counsel.
Since 2001, Mr Quinlan has practised as a barrister from Francis Burt Chambers, maintaining a wide and substantial practice in commercial and civil litigation, professional negligence insurance, professional discipline, planning and heritage, coronial inquiries and commissions of inquiry, administrative and constitutional law. He was made Senior Counsel in 2010.
He has also served as president of the WA Bar Association, director for the Law Council of Australia and on the Board of Governors for the University of Notre Dame. He has recently given advice on legal issues to the State Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Aboriginal Constitutional Recognition, which reported recommending amendment to the Constitution Act 1889 (WA) and in relation to the reform of the Environmental Protection Authority's policies and guidelines.
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