Our chambers are named after one of Queensland’s best-known senior junior barristers, Colin James Bennett. He graduated from the University of Queensland with an Arts degree in 1940, and a Bachelor of Laws in 1942. Upon the completion of his university studies, like many of his era, he volunteered for military service during WWII.
After serving his country he returned to the law firstly as a legal officer with the Commonwealth Crown Law office from 1945 to 1948 and then he practiced at the Queensland Bar from 1948 to his retirement in late 1994. He was one of the longest serving barristers at the Queensland Bar having practiced continuously for over 45 years.
He was a good all-rounder but his specialty was criminal law. He was at his best when performing before a Judge and jury. His philosophy was that all people deserved the best of legal representation whether they were strong or weak, rich or poor. His belief was that the law and the justice system merely created a forum for the airing of civil and criminal disputes, but that a level playing field only ever existed when a well trained and committed barrister was prepared to step up to the plate and vigorously defend the rights of the weak and the poor thus giving them equality with the strong and the rich. In the modern era this concept of equality for all persons is termed social justice.
Each member of Bennett Chambers Group embraces that philosophy and that belief.
Since its inception, Bennett Chambers has been made up of many well experienced criminal barristers, family Barristers, corporate and commercial barristers and general civil barristers. Before joining Bennett Chambers, many of those barristers had earlier lives in the law or ancillary to the law, whether as a solicitor, as a police officer, as a police prosecutor, as a crown prosecutor, as a public defender, as a corporate counsel, as a business or corporate regulator, or as a corporate and business auditor and accountant.
Each member of Bennett Chambers Group brings with them their rich life experience that they bring to bear on their practice as a barrister.
Each member of Bennett Chambers Group shares his or her legal intellectual knowledge and experience with all other members in the Group. This means that there is always someone in the Group who has the specific knowledge or skill required to fulfil the specific task. Therefore there exists a pool of knowledge and experience that is always on tap and is accessible by members of the Group for the benefit of their solicitors and their clients.
Bennett Chambers Group has now embraced the most modern communication, computing and information technology and legal research systems thus that whether a member is in Chambers or out in the field or in Court anywhere in the far flung corners of Australia or elsewhere, they are always contactable and they always have immediate access to all the resources that exist in Chambers or as are accessible in Chambers.
It remains the intention of the members of Bennett Chambers Group to serve the law and people of Queensland with distinction, whether their client be strong or weak or rich or poor, and that they shall always endeavour to create the level playing field and deliver social justice and seek to obtain justice for all.