Members of the legal profession who require guidance relating to ethical issues are encouraged to approach Queen’s/Senior Counsel or another senior member of the profession to discuss the matter in confidence. 

Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel (silks) provide leadership to the profession in relation to ethical matters.  Most if not all silks are prepared to provide guidance, on an informal basis and without charge, to any member of the profession who needs assistance in relation to an ethical question. 

This page provides the names and contact details of silks who are members of the WA Bar Association whose principal place of practice is in Western Australia.  

Also appearing on this page are the names and contact details of other practitioners (Ethical Guidance Panel) who have indicated their willingness to be available to discuss ethical issues. 

A practitioner seeking assistance should, at least in the first instance, contact a silk or a member of the Ethical Guidance Panel directly. Alternatively, if a difficulty in relation to availability or necessary expertise is encountered, a practitioner may telephone the WA Bar Association on (08) 9220 0477 for a referral to a silk, or may telephone the Society on (08) 9324 8600 for a referral to a member of the Ethical Guidance Panel Guidance Panel with relevant expertise.  

Practitioners seeking assistance should at the very start of any contact distinctly state that they are seeking assistance in relation to an ethical issue, and particularly when is necessary to reveal the names of clients, find out whether any conflict issues exist. 

Guidance relating to ethical issues is usually given on an informal basis.  As a general rule, ethical guidance is that there is no lawyer/client relationship unless specifically agreed.

Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the work undertaken by any firm or individual listed or provided and is not liable in relation to any aspect of legal services they may provide to you.

Ethical Guidance Panel

Name Firm/organisation Expertise Phone number
ATKINSON, Mark Atkinson Legal Strata and Commercial Law (08) 9221 7033
BAILEY, Warren Woodside In house lawyers (08) 9438 5036
DOHERTY, Peter City of Rockingham Local government  0414 386 121
FIOCCO, John Fourth Floor Chambers Appeals, Commercial Litigation (08) 9221 4050
HASS, Pamela Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation Government lawyers (08) 6277 3067
HEALY, James Francis Burt Chambers Commercial Litigation (08) 9220 0472
HEENAN, Elizabeth Culshaw Miller Succession Law (08) 9488 1300
O’SULLIVAN Colin O’Sullivan Partners Insurance, Personal Injury, Family Law (08) 9382 3277
MOSS, Carolyn Francis Burt Chambers Insurance law, Criminal Law 0409 080 713
PRIMROSE, Karene Jackson McDonald Dispute Resolution & Litigation (08) 9426 6648
RALPH, John Ralph Legal Native Title, Estate Planning, Sole practitioners (08) 9433 4947
SAULEY, Miriam Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Government lawyers 0417 217 135
SHANAHAN, Paul University of Western Australia In house lawyers (08) 6488 6697
SNARE, Nicholas Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Community Legal Centres (08) 9301 4413
STRAPPS, Shayla Ruah Legal Services Community Legal Centres (08) 9328 8012
TANNOCK, Margie Squire Patton Boggs Large law firms (08) 9429 7456
THOMAS, Gary McWilliams Lawyers Property and Commercial (08) 9422 8977
VANDEN DRIESEN, Maya Wesfarmers In house lawyers (08) 9327 4229
WEARN, Catriona RAC In house lawyers (08) 9436 4665
WEBBER, Rachel Bankwest In house lawyers 0431 218 838
WOODHOUSE, JOHN City of Canning Local Government (08) 9231 0516 or 0414 447 679

Queen’s/Senior Counsel

Name Chambers Phone Number
BERRY SC, Michael John Toohey Chambers (08) 6315 3394
BLACKBURN SC, John Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
CAHILL SC, Patricia Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
CHRISTIAN SC, Laura Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (08) 9425 3999
CASTIGLIONE QC, Frank Stone Chambers (08) 9481 2828
COBBY SC, Gary Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
CUERDEN SC, Martin Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
DAVIES SC, Stephen Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
DHARMANANDA SC, Brahma Quayside Chambers (08) 9460 5250
DHARMANANDA SC, Kanaga Quayside Chambers (08) 9460 5250
DICKEY QC, Dr Anthony John Toohey Chambers (08) 6315 3394
DONALDSON SC, Grant Fourth Floor Chambers (08) 9221 4050
DOWDING SC, Peter (08) 9336 2494
FEUTRILL SC, Michael Quayside Chambers (08) 9460 5250
FREITAG SC, Simon Albert Wolff Chambers (08) 9218 9200
GARAS SC, Joseph Quayside Chambers (08) 9460 5250
GILMOUR QC, John Quayside Chambers (08) 9460 5250
HEDGES SC, John Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
HOOPER SC, Rodney (08) 6244 5303
HOWARD SC, Matthew Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
JACKSON SC, Henry Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
LAMPROPOULOS SC, Theo Central Law Chambers (08) 9221 0945
LEY SC, John Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
MacLAURIN SC, Jason Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
MCCUSKER AC CVO QC, Malcolm (08) 9323 2222
MCINTYRE SC, Gregory John Toohey Chambers (08) 6315 3394
MUSIKANTH SC, Alain Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
O’CONNOR QC, Robert (08) 9367 9771
PENGLIS SC, Steven Fourth Floor Chambers (08) 9221 4050
PERCY QC, Thomas Albert Wolff Chambers (08) 9218 9200
PETTIT SC, Kenneth Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
RITTER SC, Mark Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
SHANAHAN SC, Christopher Murray Chambers (08) 6244 5120
SOLOMON SC, Marcus Quayside Chambers (08) 9460 5250
TAYLOR SC, Julie Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
TROWELL QC, Mark Albert Wolff Chambers (08) 9218 9211
VANDONGEN SC, Sam Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
VINER AO QC, Ian Quarry Chambers 0408 592 060
WEBB QC, Raelene Murray Chambers (08) 6244 5125
WRIGHT SC, Stephen Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
YOVICH SC, Paul Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
ZELESTIS QC, Christopher Francis Burt Chambers (08) 9220 0444
ZILKO SC, Matthew 0419 913 709