Prominent Perth barrister Peter Quinlan has been appointed as the state’s new solicitor general.
Prominent Perth barrister Peter Quinlan has been appointed as the state’s new solicitor general, along with several judicial appointments this week.
Mr Quinlan will begin in the new position from the start of July, replacing Grant Donaldson, who stepped down from the role at the end of his contract to return to private practice.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said Mr Quinlan would provide the state with legal and constitutional advice, and would appear in the High Court and other courts in litigation to which WA was a party, or in which the state intervened.
“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.
He will serve in the new role for five years.
Mr Mischin said the two appointees reflected the quality and professionalism of female lawyers who were practising in WA.
Also announced today was the appointment of Pamela Scott as the next chief commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Commissioner Scott is the first female appointment to the role in the history of the commission. Her appointment follows the retirement of outgoing chief commissioner Tony Beech.