The Chief Justice said he was delighted to announce the appointments, saying that the newly appointed Senior Counsel had been selected from a talented pool of applicants after extensive consultation and discussion. [See Media Release]
A former Associate to (retired) Justice Olsson in 1992, Mr Henchliffe spent six years as a solicitor at Minter Ellison and Fountain Bonig, in civil and commercial litigation. He was admitted to the Supreme Court in 1991 and the SA Bar in 2004, firstly working in Christopher Legoe Chambers then Edmund Barton Chambers. From 1998 he worked as a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, where he appeared in more than 100 jury trials involving serious crime. He regularly appears as trial and appellate counsel in various jurisdictions in SA and has appeared in the High Court of Australia.
A former Federal Court Associate, Mr Ower was admitted to practice in NSW and SA and has practiced at the Independent Bar in SA since 2002. He is also a nationally accredited mediator. He practices in all areas of civil, commercial and public law and has appeared in complex estate disputes, including the estates of Allan Scott and John Roche. He also acted for claimants in the Wangary Bushfire class action and for resident groups in respect of the Cheltenham Park Racecourse redevelopment. He has an extensive human rights and pro-bono practice, especially in migration and asylum seeker matters, including those involving the Bakhitaryi family. He is a member of various legal associations and the Uni SA Law School Advisory Board.