High Court, Federal Courts and Tribunals, Northern Territory
LLB (Melb) LLM (Mon)
Areas of Practice
Criminal Law, Human Rights, Inquiries, Licensing, Motor Accidents, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation
Rex Wild has degrees in Bachelor of Laws (Melbourne University, 1969) and Master of Laws (Monash, 1977). He was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria in 1968. Following five years in practice as a Solicitor (during which, in 1970, he won the Solicitors’ Prize), he was a Barrister-at-Law at the Victoria Bar from 1973-1993. This included a period from 1980-1984 when he was Counsel Assisting the Costigan Royal Commission into the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union. In twenty years at the Bar, he had a very diverse practice, including personal injuries, family law,TFM and wills disputes as well as all manner of criminal matters. He appeared in a number of Royal Commissions and investigations into serious corporate crime. He appeared in the High court as junior and leader. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in Victoria in 1991.
Mr Wild was admitted to practice as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory in 1992 and subsequently was Senior Assistant Director to the ODPP and then Senior Crown Counsel with the NT Attorney-General’s Department. During this time he appeared in a number of civil matters representing the Territory.
Mr Wild was appointed as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in the Northern Territory in October 1995, an appointment which was confirmed in early 1996 and which he then held until his retirement on 31January 2006. Whilst in this role, Mr Wild regularly appeared in all courts in the jurisdiction, prosecuted appeals and murder trials and represented the Crown in the High Court of Australia.
Since that time, Mr Wild has been a member of the Northern Territory Bar and has carried on practise from Myilly Point Chambers. He was appointed in August 2006 as co-chair of the Northern Territory Government’s Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse, which reported in April 2007. The [Little Children are Sacred] Report was largely responsible for Federal intervention in the Northern Territory and a huge increase in funding for Aboriginal issues.
Mr. Wild has taught litigation and advocacy to post-graduate law students from 1974. From 1994-2009 he conducted and designed the course for, and taught the subject of, Advocacy at Charles Darwin University (formerly NTU) and has been a guest lecturer in other under-graduate courses (including those dealing with prosecutors’ ethics). With the Chief Justice, he conducts annual workshops on advocacy on behalf of the Law Society.
Mr. Wild continues to practise at the Northern Territory Bar as independent counsel, undertaking both prosecution and defence briefs. Since his retirement as DPP, he has also been briefed in various other matters including MACA claims [for both applicant and insurer] and licensing issues. He has completed the LEADR mediation course and is available for mediation work. He joins William Forster Chambers in August 2011.
William Forster Chambers
26 Harry Chan Avenue
Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 4369
DARWIN NT 0801
Tel: +61 (0)8 8982 4700
Fax: + 61 (0)8 8941 1541