Vale Sandy Dawson SC

1 December 2022
Distinguished alumnus passes away
The University of Sydney community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sandy Dawson, SC this week.
Sandy Dawson SC

Sandy Dawson, SC

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott, said “I was fortunate enough to get to know Sandy during my time at the ABC, where he was our ‘go-to guy’ for advice on media law. Throughout his life, Sandy was an impeccable advocate and a force for good. He was one of our most distinguished alumni.”

A truly remarkable barrister, Sandy was also the older brother to Katrina Dawson, who was tragically killed in the Lindt Café siege, and was a Director of the Katrina Dawson Foundation. 

Sandy was a leading silk in the area of defamation, and had a fierce intellect that was widely recognised across the community, with the NSW Bar Association President describing him as someone who was “born to be a barrister”.

For family, friends, and colleagues, this is a devastating loss. I know the legal and media communities are experiencing great sadness, and on behalf of the University, I’d like to offer my sincerest condolences to all those affected by Sandy’s passing. Vale.
Professor Mark Scott

Sandy completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University, and was admitted to the Bar in 2003 before being appointed a Senior Counsel in 2016.