Tenth Floor Chambers is administered and managed by the Clerk, Dianne Strathdee.
The Clerk's role is to assist members of chambers in the administration of their practices. In carrying out this role the Clerk accepts briefs on behalf of barristers, handles telephone enquiries from solicitors and members of the public, assists solicitors with dates for conferences and court appearances and liaises with court officials, Judges and their Associates.
Dianne Strathdee can be contacted with enquiries regarding:
• selection of appropriate senior and junior barristers;
• barristers' areas of expertise;
• available dates for conferences, appearances;
• barristers' fees;
• general queries regarding barristers; and
• applications for readership positions in chambers.
10th Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers
174 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
DX 375 Sydney
Tel No. 02 9232 4609
Fax No. 02 9221 3724
In order to appear in court as an advocate, all barristers must pass the Bar Exams and then undertake twelve months of training known as readerships.
This training includes completing the Bar Practice Course, which is run twice each year by the New South Wales Bar Association and then working under the guidance and supervision of one or two tutors. A tutor must be a barrister of at least seven years' standing (but barristers of 5-7 years may in certain cases be permitted to act as tutors), but not a senior counsel. Our Clerk, Dianne Strathdee can provide the names of potential tutors on enquiry. A list of potential tutors is also kept by the New South Wales Bar Association.
Tenth Floor Chambers offers two readership positions each year, one for the May intake and one for the August intake. Competition for those places is fierce, and only candidates of exceptional ability and ambition are likely to be made an offer.
Tenth Floor Chambers awards The David Officer QC Scholarship to the successful applicants for readership on the floor each year. The scholarship is named in honour of David Officer who was a member of the floor widely known for assisting junior members of the bar and for possessing in abundance all of the qualities required of a barrister.
Enquiries and applications for readerships should be sent to the Clerk, Dianne Strathdee, at email@example.com.
The Selection Committee meets at the end of January of the year preceding the May intake, and in May of the year preceding the August intake. To ensure inclusion in the selection process, applications should reach the Clerk at least one month prior to those selection meetings.