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ROBSON, Ross McKenzie

ROBSON, Hon. Justice Ross McKenzie, BCom, BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) & LLM(Melb), MSc(Economics)(LSE), FCA (retired)

Hon. Justice Ross Robson.

Hon. Justice Ross Robson.

The Hon. Justice Ross McKenzie Robson was inducted into the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA) Gallery of Notable Collegians in 2016. He was described by the OGCA: 'as an outstanding student and athlete at school, going on to study Law at Melbourne University. After an accomplished career in commercial law as a barrister, he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2007.'

Born in Hamilton, Victoria, Ross was educated at Hamilton and Western District Boys School (Hamilton College) before boarding at Geelong College from 1960 to 1964. He had diverse interests at school, rowing from 1962-1964, membership of the 3rd Football Team in 1963, as well as playing in the school cadet band. Ross stroked the winning 3rd Rowing VIII in 1963 and as a member of the 1st Rowing VIII of 1964, came second in the Head of the River. He was a member of the Swimming Team in 1960 as well. Ross was also captain of the 3rd Football XVIII at the start of the 1964 season but after breaking his leg, had to relinquish his role to his cousin, and instead, spent the season encumbered in plaster for 20 weeks.

After College, he attended the University of Melbourne as a resident of Ormond College, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws. Active in the life of the University, he served as President of the Melbourne University Film Society and was elected to the University’s Students’ Union in 1969. Ross tutored in Financial Accounting at the University of Melbourne in 1971. He also has an MSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics and is a retired Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA).

Ross served articles at Mallesons in 1971, before being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1972. That year, he became an Associate to the Right Honourable, Sir Ninian Stephen, Justice of the High Court of Australia. He signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1973, read with Mr J D Merralls AM QC in 1973 and practised as junior counsel until 1988, when he was appointed a Queen's Counsel (QC). He practised as a QC throughout Australia until 2007. Ross was also the chairman of Barristers Chambers Limited and Barfund Pty Ltd, as trustee of the Victorian Bar Superannuation Fund.

Ross became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2007, where he was the Head of Corporations List until 2016. In 2016 he was appointed a Reserve Justice of the Supreme Court.

Sources: Ad Astra June 2016 p44. OGC 1960.

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