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First female Solicitor-General appointed

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Cite as: (2003) 77(9) LIJ, p.16

Barrister Pamela Tate SC has become the first woman to be appointed Victorian Solicitor-General.

Ms Tate was appointed by state Attorney-General Rob Hulls on 8 July, eight months after the position was advertised in newspapers. It was the first time the position had been advertised.

Ms Tate was admitted to practice in 1989 and then signed the Bar roll in 1991. Before joining the Bar she was associate to High Court Justice Sir Daryl Dawson.

She practised mainly in the areas of administrative, commercial and constitutional law, intellectual property and taxation, and took silk last year.

Ms Tate was convenor of the Women Barristers’ Association in 1999/2000.

Mr Hulls said Ms Tate was the best lawyer for the job.

“It is one of the most senior legal positions in Victoria and requires a person of the utmost ability and character.”

Less than three weeks after her appointment, Ms Tate provided legal advice that led the state government to seek leave to intervene in the High Court in the matter of Roxanne Cowell v British American Tobacco Australia Services Limited.

Ms Tate’s appointment has been welcomed in this month’s Merit. See page 89 for further information.

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