The swearing in of new Magistrate Aaron Simpson at Brisbane Magistrates court.
The swearing in of new Magistrate Aaron Simpson at Brisbane Magistrates court. Annette Dew

Bundaberg's soon-to-be new "Beau Brummel" magistrate

BUNDABERG'S soon-to-be new magistrate was labelled the Beau Brummel of the Queensland legal profession for his much-lauded bow-tie and fashion sense during a swearing-in ceremony.

Aaron Simpson, who is currently learning the ropes at the Ipswich courthouse before he heads north, was also outed for his love of lawn bowls, pipe-smoking that "would make Sherlock Holmes blush" and a serious interest in modern trains.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, who was criticised for the appointment because Mr Simpson was the husband of his former media adviser, said the new magistrate was known for his practice in criminal, personal injury and general civil areas of law.

"As a criminal advocate you were well known as an excellent jury man - focusing the jury's attention on your client's best case with an element of colour," he said.

"Your Honour's sartorial excellence is also well known - very few men have the confidence and aplomb to commence waring a bow tie every day in their early 30s."

Shane Doyle, from the Queensland Bar Association, made the link with the 18th century men's fashion figure, Brummell, when he spoke about the profession.

"It's clear looking at the bar generally, that fashion sense and style plays a very small part," he said.

"Your honour is a, and perhaps the, notable exception."

Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown said Mr Simpson was an intellectual with unfailing politeness with a wealth of legal experience to bring to the bench.

"We're fortunate to have two highly quality and respected legal practitioners joining the ranks of the magistry and who will be serving regional Queensland communities," he said.

"Having spent many months in Bundaberg… during my involvement with the Bundaberg Commission of Inquiry, I'm sure His Honour can expect the same welcome and support form local practitioners and the people of Bundaberg as I experienced."

Mr Simpson said he was exposed to the legal profession from an early age as his mother was a personal assistant at a legal firm.

"I formed a view very early on from discussions around the dinner table at night that I wished to be involved in law in some way," he said.

"Mum I can blame you for me being here," he joked.

Mr Simpson said serving as Judge Philip Robin's associate taught him that courtesy, patience, hard work and good humour were qualities he should copy in years ahead.

He said he hoped to give a fair hearing and be a good listener in his new role, thanking his Ipswich colleagues for welcoming him.

Mr Simpson joked that his wife Lisa was looking forward to joining the CWA in Bundaberg so she could bake scones and cakes.

"I'm excited about the challenge ahead," he said.

"I hope that I will always be seen as fair and just."

Mr Doyle also noted Mr Simpson's early years as a law clerk and a judge's associate before 14 years as a prosecutor and defence barrister.

Mr Simpson was also Counsel Assisting the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

"Your new role is an important one. It is, as you know, a serious thing to sit in judgment on your fellow citizens," Mr Doyle said.

"Your Honour has developed a wide practice in a range of criminal and civil courts in all of the state courts federal and family courts as well as in a range of commissions and tribunals.

"It is no small thing to have developed such diverse practice."

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