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Law Society NT welcomes new Solicitor-General for the Northern Territory

Law Society NT (Society) welcomes the announcement that Sonia Brownhill SC will succeed Michael Grant QC as the Solicitor-General for the Northern Territory.

Ms Brownhill will become the first female Solicitor-General in the history of the Northern Territory. Society President Tass Liveris said, “Ms Brownhill’s appointment is an important one, as it continues the growing trend of local lawyers being appointed to senior and leadership roles in the legal profession and the judiciary, as well as that of high achieving women in the law.”.

Ms Brownhill was appointed Crown Counsel in 2005, where she routinely appeared in the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia. In 2011, Ms Brownhill joined the independent Bar, practicing in areas such as property law (including native title and Aboriginal land matters), administrative and public law, town planning, general contract law, negligence and personal injury law. In 2015, she became only the third female to be appointed Senior Counsel in the Northern Territory under the Supreme Court (Senior Counsel) Rules.

Mr Liveris said, “Throughout her career, Ms Brownhill has shown herself to be a highly skilled advocate and a leader in the administration of justice and the best traditions of the Bar. Her appointment as Solicitor-General is a richly deserving one and a fitting recognition of her ability to serve the community and fulfil all of the important functions of the office of the Solicitor-General.”.

On behalf of the legal profession of the Northern Territory, the Society congratulates Ms Brownhill on her appointment.

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