Congratulations to Mr David Yates SC whose appointment as a judge of the Federal Court was announced on 23 October 2009. Over the years, Mr. Yates SC has been one of Simpsons' preferred Senior Counsel for intellectual property and particularly copyright law matters. He was retained on the Kookaburra Sits On The Old Gum Tree and Down Under Federal Court case up until that point. Upon announcement however, barristers are not allowed to appear before the Court

The case was due to proceed the following Monday. An adjournment was sought but was refused. Mr. Richard Lancaster SC kindly made himself available at very short notice and is now Senior Counsel in the matter

Mr. Yates SC's swearing in will occur on 2 December 2009 at 9:30am, courtroom 18D, Level 18, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney.