The Hon Roger Marc DERRINGTON

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 29.03.2017
Location: Brisbane

Justice Derrington graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1986. He was called to the Bar in 1986. Having graduated first in his year in Law, His Honour was awarded the Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law in 1987. At that time the Menzies’ Scholarship in Law had not previously been awarded to a student from Queensland. In the period from 1987 to 1989 he read for the degree of Bachelor of Civil Laws at Worcester College, Oxford.

Upon returning to Australia his Honour took up a tutoring and lecturing position at the University of Queensland and in 1990 was the associate to the Honourable Justice Sir Gerard Brennan in the High Court of Australia.

In 1991 his Honour commenced practice at the Bar in Queensland. He took Silk in 2004. His principal areas of practice have included commercial law, equity and trusts, contractual disputes in the areas of banking, joint ventures and insurance, corporations and securities law, trade practices, insolvency, administrative law, and taxation and revenue law.

While at the Bar, his Honour was a co-convenor of the Commercial Law Sub-committee of the Queensland Bar Association, a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Association and a member of the Commercial Litigation Accreditation Committee of the Queensland Law Society. From 2009 till his appointment, his Honour was also the editor of the Queensland Law Reports as well as the editor of the Queensland Law Reporter. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland since 2005 where he has lectured in various courses including commercial law, insurance law, trusts, pleadings and legal practice, leadership and the law, and resources law.

Otherwise Justice Derrington is a former member of the Council of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland and a former Deputy Chairman of that Council. He has also been a member of the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) Disciplinary Tribunal since 2013.

His Honour was sworn in as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 29 March 2017.

Associateship applications

Justice Derrington has appointed his Associates for 2024 and 2025.

Applications for 2026 should take the form of a cover letter, a brief curriculum vitae and academic transcript.

Associates will ideally hold (or be on course to attain) First Class Honours in Law. It would be a further advantage to have completed a post-graduate degree in Law or have experience as an Associate to a superior court judge.

Applications are to be sent by email to marked for the attention of the Chambers of Justice Derrington. Enquiries relating to the process for the selection of Associates should be made in the same way.

General information about Associate positions can be found in the employment pages of the website.

Updated November 2023

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