Sally Dowling SC commenced practice as a barrister in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2013.
Sally has extensive experience in criminal law, in both trials and appeals. Sally practised as a NSW Crown Prosecutor between 2002 and 2018, during which time she appeared as:
Between 2013 and 2018, Sally was Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and head of the appeals unit of the NSW Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. In that capacity Sally was responsible for managing the ODPP appeals practice in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal and she regularly appeared in, and gave advice about, complex criminal appeals.
During 2019, Sally was Senior Counsel assisting the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice”, leading a team of three junior counsel, five solicitors and eight policy researchers.
Since 2017 Sally has been a member of the Racing Appeals Tribunal, which hears appeals in thoroughbred racing, harness racing and greyhound racing throughout NSW.
Between 1995 and 2002 Sally practised in commercial law, first as a judge’s associate in the Federal Court, then as a solicitor and from 1997 to 2002 at the commercial Bar. During that period, she gained experience in a wide range of areas of legal practice, including commercial / equity disputes, intellectual property, administrative law, tort and personal injury claims, employment law and disciplinary proceedings.
Sally is currently a member of the Education Committee of the NSW Bar Association, and previously was a long-term member of the Criminal Law Committee and a member of various Professional Conduct Committees.