Federal Attorney-General Senator Michaelia Cash has announced the appointment of respected Brisbane barrister Kylie Downes QC as a judge of the Federal Court in the Queensland Registry.
Ms Downes, who will take up the appointment on 2 August, has been appointed to the role following the recent retirement of Justice John Reeves.
Ms Downes has focused on commercial practice and has particular experience in contractual disputes, insolvency-related disputes, banking law, mining law, company law, joint venture disputes, construction disputes and intellectual property matters. She has extensive experience as an advocate, at trial and on appeal.
She was admitted as a barrister in 1992 and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2008.
She is also well known to Queensland Law Society members as a presenter, author of the Proctor Back to Basics column and books, and a former member of the Proctor Editorial Committee.
QLS President Elizabeth Shearer congratulated Ms Downes on her appointment, and thanked her for the many contributions she has made to QLS and its members.