The Honourable Justice Philip D McMurdo

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

19 May 1954

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2003-)

Biographical Notes

Justice Philip McMurdo was born in Brisbane in 1954. At the University of Queensland he graduated Bachelor of Commerce (1975) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours (1977). He was admitted as a solicitor in 1977 and practised as a solicitor employed by Feez Ruthning (now Allens) from then until his admission to the Bar.

On 4 March 1980 he was admitted to the Queensland Bar and practised from then until his appointment to the Supreme Court. In 1992 he was appointed a Queens Counsel. At the Bar he specialised in commercial work, administrative law and intellectual property law. He served as a member of the Queensland Bar Council (1998-1999), a director of Barristers Chambers Limited (1991-2003) and the Supreme Court Library Committee (1998-2003).

He was part time lecturer in Law at the Queensland University of Technology (1980-1981).

He served two terms as a part time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission (1995-2001).

On 27 February 2003, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. From 2003 until 2007, he was the judge in charge of the Courtís Supervised Case List. Since 2007, he has been one of the judges for the Courtís Commercial List. He also sits as a trial judge in criminal cases and from time to time as a judge of the Court of Appeal in civil and criminal appeals. He was a member of the Judgesí Building Committee for the design and construction of the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law.

He is the current President of the Judicial Conference of Australia.

He is married to Justice Margaret McMurdo, who is President of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland.