Eleven Wentworth was established in 1957 as the Eleventh Floor, Wentworth Chambers.

A number of the floor’s former members have served as judges of the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court or the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Details of the former members who are current serving judges are set out below.

The Hon. Stephen Justice Gageler, Justice of the High Court of Australia, was a member of Eleven Wentworth from 1991 until September 2008 when he was appointed as Solicitor-General to the Commonwealth of Australia.

Judges of the Federal Court of Australia who are former Members of Eleven Wentworth currently include:

– The Hon. Justice Griffiths

Judges of the New South Wales Court of Appeal who are former Members of Eleven Wentworth currently include:

– The Hon. Justice Andrew Bell, President of the Court of Appeal
– The Hon. Justice Robert Macfarlan
– The Hon. Justice Clifton Hoeben AM RFD (also Chief Judge at Common Law)
– The Hon. Acting Justice Arthur Emmett AO

Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales who are former Members of Eleven Wentworth currently include:

– The Hon. Justice Ian Harrison
– The Hon. Justice James Stevenson
– The Hon. Justice Francois Kunc
– The Hon. Justice Kelly Rees

Judges of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court who are former Members of Eleven Wentworth currently include:

– The Hon. Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court

In 2003, Frank McAlary QC retired after a long and distinguished career at the Bar spanning more than 50 years. Frank McAlary was a member of Eleven Wentworth from its establishment in 1957.

Sir William Deane was a Member of Eleven Wentworth from 1963 to 1977. In 1977, he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and, later that year, a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and President of the Australian Trade Practices Tribunal. In 1982, he was appointed a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Sir William was the Governor General of Australia from 1996 to 2001.

Paul Daley OAM commenced as assistant clerk at the age of 16 years under the Floor’s first clerk, Jack Caffrey. Within seven years Paul had taken on the role of clerk, where he remained until his retirement in September 2015, 54 years after he started. Paul was widely known as the “doyen of clerks” in Sydney, and made a very substantial contribution to maintaining the warm and collegiate spirit of the chambers.