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SSC Newspaper : June 2013
the failure of Lift Capital Partners and international derivatives trader MF Global. In the criminal sphere, Justice Gleeson recently represented Note Printing Australia in relation to foreign bribery charges. Mr Smith said Justice Gleeson’s departure from Banco Chambers would be felt throughout the firm. One colleague said: “Fabian repeatedly gave opportunities, and his backing , to the greenest of us. He was patiently receptive to his juniors’ ideas and arguments, even when these were much less tutored than his own. His engagement was never dismissive and his agreement was always delivered with such respect and thoughtfulness that it could take a few moments to realise how completely he had just dismantled an ill-constructed argument.” Despite the extensive experience Justice Gleeson has accumulated in his law career, he is still described as “the modest Gleeson”. And despite the serious and heavy responsibility that he now carries on his shoulders, like any St Patrick’s College boy, he loves rugby through and through. An avid Wests Tigers fan, he will always spare some time for his favourite rugby team. www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 15 life “Fabian was known for his intensity on the pitch, but that ferocity is a lot more controlled in the courtroom.” – brother Gerald Gleeson. Chip off the old block ... Fabian Gleeson and his father, Gerry Gleeson, who was head of the Premier’s Department under Neville Wran. “Even under pressured situations I am told you are courteous, measured and gentle,” Mr Smith said. “This is until he set foot on the rugby pitch. While working as a solicitor, it was not uncommon for Judge Gleeson to arrive at work on a Monday morning with a bandage on some part of his head as a result of his weekend game.” Growing up, Reverend Gerald Gleeson jnr, the eldest of the Gleeson troupe, said his youngest brother had always been softly spoken and extremely gentle, but he took rugby very seriously. “Fabian was known for his intensity on the pitch,” Rev Gleeson said, “ but that ferocity is a lot more controlled in the courtroom.” But Rev Gleeson said his brother, a father of three, had always been a community-minded person. “He is thrilled about his appointment to this new position, but at the same time he realises the importance of what lies ahead of him. At the end of the day, Fabian is giving up a lot for the community, because barristers can make a lot more money than what he’ll make as a judge. It’s a massive public service he is doing,” Rev Gleeson said. “And he has always been community minded. As I recall, he was the youngest serving mayor at Strathfield Council. He had a passion for local politics and was heavily involved and through that role, he also took on a lot of community projects.” Despite his high position, Rev Gleeson said his father had never pushed his brothers into practicing law – it was more a calling. “Back then, if a kid was smart and talented they would become either a doctor or a lawyer and because Justin and Fabian had a knack for it, they decided to pursue the profession,” he said. “The entire family is extremely proud of all of Fabian’s achievements.” Justice Gleeson’s recent Fabian was known for his intensity on the pitch,” Rev Gleeson said, “but that ferocity is a lot more controlled in the courtroom. appointment, though a blow to his Banco Chamber colleagues, is a win for the state’s justice system. “As a barrister and colleague his continued quest for legal solutions has meant he could always be relied on to give genuine practical assistance and answers to colleagues who come to discuss their trickier legal conundrums with him,” Mr Smith said. “However, I am told most of Judge Gleeson’s colleagues expect that as a judge he will be, in a word, ‘terrifying’. His self-discipline is second to none and he has always done your preparatory reading. Those barristers who intend to practice in the Court of Appeal should take this as a word of warning.” Starting young ... Fabian Gleeson, front row second from left, in the 1966 10A rugby team at St Patrick’s College. ReveRend GeRald Gleeson
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