The Hon Justice François Kunc
The Honourable Justice François Kunc graduated with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney. His Honour practiced as a solicitor with Allen Allen and Hemsley from 1986, and was called to the Bar in 1992. Appointed to Senior Counsel in 2007, his Honour was based in chambers at Eleven Wentworth. Following 27 years of practising law – 21 years as a barrister and six years as Senior Counsel, Justice Kunc was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2013, where he sits in the Equity Division.
His Honour maintained a wide-ranging commercial practice during his time as a barrister, working on cases involving contracts, equity, trusts, trade practices, banking and insurance and government regulation. A leader of the commercial bar, he has appeared in courts throughout Australia for major government, corporate and individual clients, including Paul Hogan and Gina Rinehart.
Justice Kunc is the General Editor of the Australian Law Journal, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Equity, the editorial committee of the Civil Trials Bench Book, and the Drafting Committee for the Australian National Standards for interpreters in courts and tribunals. Previously, he has served as a President of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, and the chairman of the Eleventh Floor of Wentworth Chambers.
His Honour is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Chairman of the Layne Beachley “Aim for the Stars Foundation”, and a Knight Commander of St Gregory the Great for services to the Catholic Church. Maintaining a life-long passion for music, culture and the arts, Justice Kunc was a legal adviser, board member and most recently a Director of the Opera Australia Capital Fund.
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