Eleven Wentworth was established in 1957.
Since the establishment of Eleven Wentworth, many of its members have been appointed to judicial office. Among them is Sir William Deane AC KBE QC, who 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.
Former members of Eleven Wentworth currently serving as judges include the following:
The Hon. Justice Stephen Gageler AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia since October 2012, was a member of Eleven Wentworth from 1991 until September 2008 when he was appointed as Solicitor-General of Australia.
The Hon. Justice Andrew Bell is President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Also serving on the Court of Appeal are The Hon Justice Robert Macfarlan, The Hon Justice Clifton Hoeben AM RFD (also Chief Judge at Common Law), and The Hon Acting Justice Arthur Emmett AO.
The Hon. Justice Ian Harrison, The Hon. Justice James Stevenson, The Hon. Justice Francois Kunc, The Hon. Justice Kelly Rees and The Hon. Justice Kate Williams are Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
The Hon. Justice John Griffiths is a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.
The Hon. Justice Brian Preston is Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court.
His Honour Judge Robert Weber is a Judge of the District Court of New South Wales.
The rich history of Eleven Wentworth is not only a story of judges. Frank McAlary QC, renowned barrister, pastoralist and the “Dancing Man” of VP day fame, was a member of Eleven Wentworth from its establishment in 1957. He retired in 2003 after a long and distinguished career at the Bar spanning more than 50 years. The Floor’s conference room is named in his Honour. Paul Daley OAM commenced as assistant clerk at the age of 16 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.