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Alternative title: Tom Hughes Queen's Counsel
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank
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'For more than thirty years, Tom Hughes, a scion of a notable Sydney family of high achievers, was one of Australia’s top barristers, renowned, respected and sometimes feared for his dominating presence in the courtroom. Equally at home in all jurisdictions, his theatrical style, command of language and forensic skills filled public galleries, exposed witnesses, persuaded juries and ensured that judges paid attention. An icon of the Sydney and Australian Bar, he appeared in a raft of celebrated cases, became the subject of many media profiles and was, from the 1970s to the 1990s, the country’s most expensive advocate. In addition to published material, the book draws on a huge trove of personal records, including fee books, intimate diaries, autobiographical jottings and private correspondence, supplemented by interviews with Hughes, his family, friends and colleagues. Using these sources, the book provides insights into a many-sided character – telling the story of how Hughes and his immediate forebears embraced more of their English than their Irish heritage while becoming distinctively Australian. It also offers a personal perspective on several decades of Australian political, social and legal history.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Annandale, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Federation Press , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: xii, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of platesp.
      Description: illus. (some col.), portraits, 1 genealogical table
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      • Published 30 June 2016
      ISBN: 9781760020583

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Sarah Burnside , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics and History , September vol. 63 no. 3 2017; (p. 475-476)

'Tom Hughes is a highly successful barrister, former federal Liberal Attorney-General, and President of the New South Wales Bar Association who has been variously described during his career as “a top silk”, “the leader of the Australian Bar” and “the venerable lion of the Sydney bar” (p.303). Hughes is also notable for being the brother of the late art critic Robert Hughes and the father-in-law of the current Prime Minister.' (Introduction)

Footwork Magnificent Ian Hancock , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 383 2016; (p. 59)

— Review of Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Ian Hancock , 2016 single work biography
Most Agreeable Verdict Roy Williams , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 August 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Ian Hancock , 2016 single work biography
Contradictory Counsel Tony Blackshield , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , July 2016;

— Review of Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Ian Hancock , 2016 single work biography
Most Agreeable Verdict Roy Williams , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 August 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Ian Hancock , 2016 single work biography
Footwork Magnificent Ian Hancock , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 383 2016; (p. 59)

— Review of Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Ian Hancock , 2016 single work biography
Contradictory Counsel Tony Blackshield , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , July 2016;

— Review of Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Ian Hancock , 2016 single work biography
[Review Essay] Tom Hughes QC : A Cab on the Rank Sarah Burnside , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics and History , September vol. 63 no. 3 2017; (p. 475-476)

'Tom Hughes is a highly successful barrister, former federal Liberal Attorney-General, and President of the New South Wales Bar Association who has been variously described during his career as “a top silk”, “the leader of the Australian Bar” and “the venerable lion of the Sydney bar” (p.303). Hughes is also notable for being the brother of the late art critic Robert Hughes and the father-in-law of the current Prime Minister.' (Introduction)

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