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Appointments to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Media Release

I am pleased to announce that Ms Sandra Taglieri SC and Mr Marcus Turnbull SC have been appointed as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC).

Ms Taglieri will replace Judge Barbara Baker and commence in the Hobart registry of the FCC on 18 May 2021. She was admitted to both the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia in 1989 and has practiced as a barrister since 2009, taking silk in 2018.

Mr Turnbull will replace Judge Terrence McGuire in the Launceston registry following his elevation to the Family Court of Australia. Mr Turnbull was admitted to both the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia in 1991. Since 2000, Mr Turnbull has practised as a partner at Ogilvie Jennings, and was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2020.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I congratulate Ms Taglieri and Mr Turnbull on their appointments and thank them for their willingness to serve the people of Australia as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Ms Sandra Taglieri SC

Ms Taglieri graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws in 1987 before being admitted to both the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia in 1989.

Since 1989, Ms Taglieri has practised as a barrister and solicitor at firm Butler McIntyre & Butler, and then from 1995 as a partner at firm Phillips Taglieri. In 2009 she joined Derwent & Tamar Chambers as a barrister and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2018.

In addition to her career in private practice, Ms Taglieri was appointed as a Commissioner of Legal Aid Tasmania from 2008 to 2012, taught as a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Legal Studies in the University of Tasmania from 2009 to 2013, and from 2013 has been appointed as a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Marcus Turnbull SC

Mr Turnbull graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts and Law in 1990. He commenced his career as an articled clerk at the firm Lowrie Blissenden & Howarth before being admitted to both the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia in 1991.

From 1991 to 2000 he was employed as an associate at firms Peter Worrall & Co, John Avery and later Ogilvie McKenna. In 2000, Mr Turnbull was promoted as a partner at Ogilvie McKenna, now known as Ogilvie Jennings, and was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2020.

Mr Turnbull is also an accredited mediator, is the Tasmanian representative on the Board of Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators and has lectured in Family Law at the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course.