Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

    New judge for the WA Supreme Court

    30/06/2016 6:45 AM
    • Katrina Banks-Smith SC appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of WA
    • Role starts on July 18, 2016 

    The Liberal National Government has appointed Katrina Banks-Smith SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.


    Attorney General Michael Mischin said Ms Banks-Smith has an excellent reputation among the legal profession as a learned and experienced counsel.


    Ms Banks-Smith was admitted to practice in 1990 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2013. She has degrees from the universities of Tasmania and Cambridge.


    She became a partner at Parker & Parker (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in 1996 and was the head of Freehills' Perth litigation group from 2007-09.


    Ms Banks-Smith was awarded Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by the Women Lawyers of Western Australia.  Her principal area of practice has been in complex commercial litigation, with particular focus on insolvency.


    Ms Banks-Smith SC will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of the Hon. Justice Carmel McLure.


    Fact File

    • The Liberal National Government last week appointed Sandra De Maio and Anne Longden as Magistrates of the Magistrates Court and Children's Court 

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