In 1962 the former Chief Justice and later Governor of Western Australia, then Mr F T P Burt QC, retired from the firm of which he was a partner and commenced practice solely as a barrister. Shortly afterwards he was joined by Mr J L C Wickham (later the Hon Mr Justice Wickham and now the Hon J L C Wickham QC, former Chairman of the Official Corruption Commission), Mr Terry Walsh (later the Hon Mr Justice Walsh) and by Gresley Clarkson in July 1963. These four barristers formed the Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) in October 1963. The formation of the WABA was announced at the sittings of the Full Court in that month.

An Independent Bar was thus established in fact and the WABA constituted as its representative. The formation of an Independent Bar had the full support of the then Chief Justice, Sir Albert Wolff KCMG. This support was actively continued by his successor as Chief Justice, Sir Lawrence Jackson KCMG.

For further information regarding the history of the WABA please see the document "Origins of the WA Bar [63 KB]".