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Solicitor in supreme role

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Former Mallesons Stephen Jaques partner Emilios Kyrou has become the second solicitor in Victoria’s history to be appointed to the Supreme Court Bench.

The first solicitor appointed was Justice Bernard Teague who retired from the Bench in February.

LIV president Tony Burke welcomed Mr Kyrou’s appointment, saying he would rise to the new challenge and make his mark on the Supreme Court.

“The LIV believes the appointment is a recognition of the work and the breadth of experience solicitors can bring to the judiciary,” Mr Burke said.

Mr Kyrou arrived in Australia as an 8-year-old migrant unable to speak English and went on to be top of his Melbourne University law class.

Mr Burke said Mr Kyrou also produced Lewis & Kyrou’s Handy Hints on Legal Practice in the early 1980s with former County Court judge Gordon Lewis.

Mr Kyrou was a summer research assistant at the LIV at the time, and Mr Lewis was LIV CEO.

The publication, now in its third edition, is aimed at breaching the shortfall between what students learned at university and what they would encounter in practice.

Mr Kyrou has practised as a litigation solicitor for 23 years and has handled cases in the Supreme Court, Federal Court, High Court, the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

In announcing the appointment, Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls said Mr Kyrou had experience in diverse areas of law and, in particular, was a leading figure in Victorian administrative law.

Mr Kyrou has won numerous legal awards, written and co-authored more than 70 articles and presented more than 70 papers in Australia and overseas, Mr Hulls said.

Often a contributor to the LIJ, in November last year Mr Kyrou was awarded the Rogers Legal Writing Award for the most outstanding contribution to the journal in 2006/07.

The article explored the requirements for attracting legal professional privilege, the approach of the courts and the situation of privilege and inhouse counsel.

Also appointed to the Supreme Court Bench last month was Peter Vickery QC. Mr Vickery is an experienced trial and appellate advocate and has practised in the Supreme Court, the Federal Court and VCAT.

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