Business lawyer appointed to District Court docket

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Commercial lawyer appointed to District Court

  • Sarah Russell Appointed District Court Judge
  • Barrister brings expertise in commercial and consumer law to the bank
  • Attorney General John Quigley has appointed Attorney Sarah Russell as a District Court Judge.

    Ms. Russell has over 25 years of civil, corporate and commercial litigation experience in a variety of sectors including leading Australian and international corporations, financial institutions and government agencies.

    She has advised on complex corporate and contract cases before the Supreme Court and Federal Supreme Court, mainly in the construction and engineering sectors, and has advised and represented government agencies on consumer issues.

    Ms. Russell will fill a position created by recently retired Judge His Hon Bruce Goetze, who has returned to the District Court as an assistant judge for six months.

    This allows District Court judges to assist the President of the Children’s Court through a busy year in that jurisdiction.

    Ms. Russell will take up her new position on December 2, 2020.

    As stated by Attorney General John Quigley:

    “Ms. Russell’s experience in commercial, corporate and commercial law will further enhance the District Court’s significant knowledge base.

    “She joined the Western Australian Bar and began practicing as a lawyer in 2010. Prior to that, Ms. Russell was a Senior Associate with the Australian law firms Clayton Utz and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. She also practiced in England for more than a decade before moving to Australia in 2003.

    “Ms. Russell was an active member of both the Western Australian Bar Association’s Lawyers’ Board and the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumers Committee, Business Law Division.

    “I congratulate Ms. Russell on becoming the newest judge on the district court.

    “I would also like to thank Judge Goetze for his willingness to support the court after his retirement.”

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