Jane Needham SC was admitted as a legal practitioner on 3 August 1990 and commenced practice as a barrister. She was appointed Senior Counsel on 29 September 2004. She was President of the Bar Association of New South Wales from 2014-15. She was a Deputy President of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and Divisional Head of the Revenue Division until November 2011.
She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales majoring in Mediaeval English and Linguistics in 1985, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1990. She was a Part-time lecturer in Law at UTS in 1991-3 and 1998, teaching Land Law, Succession and Pleadings.
Jane was named Senior Barrister of the Year in 2013 by Lawyers Weekly and one of the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2014. In 2015 she was named Woman Barrister of the Year by Woman Lawyers' Association NSW, and received the Alumni Award for Excellence - Faculty of Law from UTS. She was named one of Sydney's two pre-eminent Wills and Estates Litigation Barristers for 2016 by Doyles Guide.
Jane recently spoke to the graduating LLB and postgraduate law students of UTS as keynote speaker. She was awarded Barrister of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards held on 27 October 2016 in Melbourne.
She tweets from @JaneNeedhamSC.
Jane Needham SC has a national and international practice, particuarly in the areas of wills and estates. She practises in the following areas:-
- Wills and Estates (including Family Provision/Chapter 3, Succession Act cases)
- Equity and Land Law
- Trusts, including Charitable Trusts
- Administrative Law
- Revenue (state taxes)
- Housing Law
- Royal Commissions, Inquests and Inquiries
Jane Needham SC accepts instructions from solicitors to appear and/or advise in the above areas in preliminary disputes, at first instance and on appeal. She also accepts direct briefing from in-house lawyers.
Jane Needham SC was appointed Senior Counsel on 29 September 2004. She regularly appears with junior counsel and regards the role of Senior Counsel as having a significant mentoring aspect.
For information on the role of Senior Counsel, please see the following links:-
Jane Needham SC completed The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia mediation course.
She is available to act as a mediator, or to appear for parties in mediations. She has extensive experience representing parties in mediations and has conducted a number of successful mediations.
Jane Needham SC may be contacted through her clerk, Eugenie Crosby.
Eugenie's contact details are:-
Tel: 02 9335 3000
Fax: 02 9335 3099
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