The Hon Robert James BROMWICH

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 29.02.2016
Location: Sydney

Justice Robert Bromwich commenced legal practice in January 1985, joining the year-old Sydney Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) later that year.

At the CDPP, Justice Bromwich practiced across a wide range of federal criminal law with a particular focus on white-collar crime. He assisted, while on secondment, in setting up the NSW ICAC and was later appointed an Assistant Director and a trial advocate at the CDPP. In 1998, he went to the NSW Bar and in 2009 was appointed Senior Counsel. He had a wide-ranging civil, criminal and public law practice at the Bar.

In December 2012, Justice Bromwich was appointed Director of the CDPP. As Director, he implemented and led wide-ranging organisational reform, including changing the CDPP from its historic regional model to a practice group model with national leaders. As Director, he also appeared frequently in intermediate appeal courts and in the High Court.

On 29 February 2016, he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. His docket contains matters from most of the Court’s national practice areas.
On 5 September 2016, Justice Bromwich was appointed as an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. He sits in the ACT Supreme Court and ACT Court of Appeal for a total of up to two weeks of the year, mostly in criminal matters.

Associateship applications

Justice Bromwich’s Chambers are staffed by two associates, which is a variation on the usual associate and executive assistant arrangement. The usual duration of each associate position is 18 months from commencement in either late January or late July. The appointment of associates is always staggered to facilitate continuity of service and the induction and training of an incoming associate.

The next vacancies for associate positions with Justice Bromwich will arise in late July 2018 and in late January 2019. Justice Bromwich will be taking applications for those positions between 30 November 2017 and 31 January 2018.

Applications should take the form of a brief cover letter, brief CV and academic transcript. Applications should be sent by email to, marked to the attention of the Chambers of Justice Bromwich. Inquiries relating to the process for the selection of associates should be made in the same way.

Associate candidates will ideally have post-admission work experience in legal practice.

General information about associate positions can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website.