JUSTICE HENRY COSGROVETo study the development of post-graduate vocational training for law graduates in legal practice - UK, New Zealand, Canada
Henry Cosgrove grew up in Hobart attending St Virgils School graduating as Dux in 1938. He continued his association with the school throughout his life being at one time president of the Old Virgilians and Editor of ‘The Virgilian’. His war service included serving in the AIF in New Guinea and New Britain.
His further education being interrupted by his war service, was not completed till 1948 when he graduated with a degree in commerce. He then went on to complete a degree in Law with First Class Honours in 1955.
He was admitted to the Bar and joined Murdock, Clarke and Neasey as a partner. He was held in high esteem and shared his expertise as lecturer in criminal law, this interest in education lead to his Churchill Fellowship
On return from his Fellowship he was heavily involved in setting up a legal practice course and served on the Board of Legal Education for some years. Whilst in Canada he had investigated the “No Fault” scheme of compensation for victims of motor vehicle accidents. He went on to see the scheme adopted in Tasmania.
His legal career included President and secretary of the Tasmania Bar Association at various times, being appointed to the newly created position of “Crown Advocate” in 1973, Queen’s Counsel in 1974 and Judge of the Tasmanian Supreme Court in 1977, retiring from the bench in 1988. He was awarded an AM in 1993. Henry held numerous Board positions – RBF, Legal Aid and also was a Law Reform Commissioner.
Henry had a magnificent speaking voice, a common sense approach to the law and the ability rapidly to identify and grasp the main point in a case. In court, he wasted no time, he was firm and decisive and fair. He was also very supportive of young practitioners.
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Henry married to Nancy, they had 3 daughters. He barracked loudly at the football, played golf with enjoyment but avoided attending public functions of a social nature. Of his career he once said’ it gave me intellectual satisfaction, comradeship and a sense of serving the community’
He died in February 2010.