After a record 35 years as a Crown Prosecutor, including 20 as Senior Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi AM QC has joined Wardell Chambers as a barrister.
Tedeschi, 65, has helped put some of state’s most notorious criminals behind bars, including serial killer Ivan Milat, Robert Xie for the murders of five members of the Lin family in 2009, and Simon Gittany, who was convicted of throwing his fiancee off a high-rise balcony in Sydney.
He told LSJ that he had been approached four times about a judicial appointment but had declined as he “loves to be an advocate, be it for the prosecution or defence”. His years of service make him the longest serving Crown Prosecutor in living memory. He is also a keen photographer and true crime author with books including Murder at Myall Creek, Kidnapped and Eugenia. Tedeschi said he wrote another book when he took long service leave last year but would not reveal the case involved.
Wardell Chambers includes John Agius SC as Head of Chambers and six other silks, 10 senior-juniors, six juniors and two readers. Christopher Maxwell QC, who filled in for Tedeschi when he took leave last year, is acting in the position of NSW’s top prosecutor.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said the recruitment process was “underway”. Maxwell, who was appointed silk in 1989, successfully prosecuted Roger Rogerson and his co-accused Glen McNamara in 2016 for the murder of university student and drug dealer Jamie Gao.
Staff at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and members of the legal profession will celebrate Tedeschi’s contribution to the law at a private event in Sydney on 2 March