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The Hon Kim Santow AO.

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Mon, 14th April 2008 THE HON KIM SANTOW AO

Senator the Hon George Brandis SC Shadow Attorney-General

The Shadow Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis SC, today expressed condolences on behalf of the Federal Opposition on the passing of the Hon Kim Santow AO, a former Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and Chancellor of the University of Sydney, whose death was announced over the weekend.

"As one of the most respected commercial solicitors of his generation, a Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, legal scholar, University Chancellor and leader of the legal profession in Sydney, the late Justice Santow made an exemplary contribution both to the law and to the Australian people."

"There are few who would rival his learning, particularly in commercial and corporate matters. He was, almost uniquely, at different stages of his career both one of the outstanding solicitors and one of the most respected judges of his time."

Senator Brandis said his death at the early age of 67 is a grievous blow to the profession and to the community.