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Richard Edmonds AM SC ('63)

Taxation specialist, retired judge, and rugby “tragic” Richard “Dick” Edmonds (’63), AM SC, has died aged 78.
23 Apr 2024

Vale Richard Edmonds 

11.02.1946 - 14.03.2024

Taxation specialist, retired judge, and rugby “tragic” Richard “Dick” Edmonds (’63), AM SC, has died aged 78. 

After leaving Trinity he graduated from Sydney University with an Arts degree in 1967, a Law degree in 1970, and a Master of Laws in 1979. 

He was a solicitor and later partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley between 1970 and 1985 before being admitted to the bar and the appointed senior counsel in 1995. 

He was one of Australia’s leading taxation lawyers and was involved in a number of landmark cases before the High Court. 

On his appointment to the Federal Court in 2005, he hoped those appearing before him would find him courteous, decisive and fair, saying: “There will always be a propensity for a difference of view on the last criterion from parties of opposing interests. However, if I satisfy both of the first two criteria the more likely it is that the third will be perceived to be satisfied. I would also like to be known as a hard-working judge and one who exhibits a sense of balance and intellectual integrity.” 

He played first grade rugby as a prop for eight years, and was remembered by Sydney University Football Club as a “true legend” who exemplified sportsmanship, leadership, and dedication. 

He is survived by his wife Pamela, daughter Celina, and grandchildren Hugo, Darcy, and Luella. 

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