21 June 2019
Richard J aka Dick Stanley QC and Shane Stone at Readers reunion Melbourne. Shane Stone was Dick Stanleys, last reader before Stanley took silk (Queens Counsel). Dick passed on 7 June 2020 at the age of 78 years. He was admitted to practise law in 1966 and came to the Bar the same year, where he read with the Hon Sir James Gobbo AC QC. Richard established a practice in common law and came to be regarded as a leader of the Common Law Bar. He has been described as the preeminent jury advocate of his generation. Dick appeared in many of the landmark jury trials, including Rabenalt and PQ, the latter of which proceeded to verdict after a six-month trial. He frequently appeared for dying plaintiffs in asbestos litigation as well as for the victims of toxic torts. Richard formally mentored seven readers: John Williams, the Hon Jack Forrest QC, Paul Scanlon QC, John Batten, Michael Sharpley, Michael Wilson QC, and the Hon Shane Stone AC QC. He took silk in 1983. Dick served on a number of committees, including joint Bar/LIV committees relating to accident compensation (1983-92) and LawAid (2000-2004) and Bar Council (1986-1987). He was the Bar’s representative on the Chief Justice’s Civil Listing Committee (1987-2006). Dick was an inaugural and long-standing committee member of the Common Law Bar Association (1992-2019). He was Chairman of the Foleys list committee at the time of the passing of Kevin Foley and steered the list into its new corporate structure. In 2012, Richard was recognised as a Legend of the Victoria Bar. He moved to the list of retired counsel in July 2019.