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About Jonathan de Vere Tyndall LLM UNSW

Jonathan de Vere Tyndall in action at the “Pro Bono Cafe” in 2011

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Jonathan Balchin de Vere Tyndall is the principal of the firm of Tyndall & Co.

Admission and Call

Jonathan was called to the New South Wales Bar on 7 February 1992. He is admitted to practise as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He is licensed to practice nationally and travels to do cases anywhere. He is also a registered migration agent and a management consultant.

Jonathan is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, the New South Wales Bar Association and the Migration Institute of Australia.

Jonathan is experienced and has been practising as a lawyer for more than 25 years. He has an advocacy background having started his law career as a full time barrister for more than 16 years , prior to becoming a solicitor and barrister in 2008.

He started at the bar as a pupil and junior barrister in Edmund Barton Chambers (Level 44 MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney) in 1992 under the separate tutorships of eminent family law and commercial law masters.

Education

The University of New South Wales awarded him a Master of Laws degree, specialising in Corporate, Commercial and Taxation law in 1994. Prior to this he completed a Diploma in Law (1991).

Jonathan de Vere Tyndall in Chambers 2017

He attended St Paul’s College at Sydney University (1973-1975) and then travelled overseas. His school education was completed at Shore (Sydney Church of England Grammar School) at North Sydney (1972) and at Newington College (1966) in Killara.

Background

As well as being then a busy full time practising barrister, his successful legal articles known as the ‘Bush Barrister’ column were published by Rural Press, several regional newspapers and other publications over many years from 1999.

These articles were aimed at providing free access to legal comment to less advantaged people in remote regional areas who lacked information, at no charge. They did exactly that and according to feedback, have helped many people.

Jonathan has a strong commitment to pro bono causes since his admission and to assisting the less advantaged.

Jonathan previously worked in management consulting, which he continues with today, in mergers and acquisitions, listings and in merchant banking. For a time he was a publisher in London and a journalist in Argentina. He has lived in and travelled extensively to the United Kingdom, Europe, the Caribbean, South America and the USA.

His personal interests include organic farming, Ashtanga yoga, meditation, horse breeding, equestrian polo and social cricket.

Ancestry

Jonathan has prominent ancestors some of whom are mentioned here:
The Honourable Sir James Dowling Kt. MLC (1787-1844)

Image: Portrait of The Honourable Sir James Dowling Kt, MLC, the Second Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, on display in the Banco Court, Queens Square, Sydney painted circa 1837, pictured with his three-greats grandson Jonathan de Vere Tyndall (wigged) at his admission as a Barrister-at-Law on 7 February 1992 with other descendants Jason, Kate and Skye.

Sir James Dowling, the 2nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, was Jonathan’s three (3) greats grandfather, through his two (2) greats grandfather James Sheen Dowling and  mother né Judith Dowling.  Sir James was educated at St Paul’s School, London and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1815. His son, James Sheen Dowling (1819-1902)  was educated at Sydney College (now Sydney Grammar School) and Kings College London and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1843 and later became Judge James Dowling. Judith Dowling (1921-2007) of Wahroongah, was educated at Frensham School, Mittagong, NSW. The Dowlings were Australian legal pioneers.

Sir Francis Pemberton (1625-1697)

Sir Francis Pemberton: Image from Bishops’ Council , courtesy National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London WC2 NPG D43262 npg.org.uk/collections

Sir Francis Pemberton, the Lord Chief Justice of the Kings Bench and Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, was Jonathan’s seven (7) greats grandfather, through his three (3) greats grandmother Cecil Charlotte Pemberton (1795-1867), his two (2) greats grandfather Henry Stuart Russell, and his great grandmother Marie Stuart Russell. Sir Francis Pemberton was educated at St Albans School in Hertfordshire and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1654 at Middle Temple, and to the degree of Serjeant-at-Law in 1675. His eldest son Francis Pemberton (1675-1762), Jonathan’s five (5) greats grandfather, was educated at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1705. He rebuilt Trumpington Hall in Cambridgeshire.

Henry Stuart Russell (1818-1889)

Henry Stuart Russell, an MLC (Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales) and a Queensland pastoralist, who started and built Cecil Plains station, Darling Downs  QLD in 1841 (147,000 acres by 1880) was Jonathan’s two (2) greats grandfather. He wrote “The Genesis of Queensland”, was an explorer and discovered the Boyne River and was educated at Harrow and Oxford.

Robert Stewart, 8th Baron Castle Stewart (1700-1742)

Robert Stewart, 8th Baron Castle Stewart, County Tyrone, Ireland, was Jonathan’s six (6) greats grandfather through his daughter Elinor Stuart. She was Andrew, the 1st Earl of Castle Stewart’s, sister. Elinor Stuart married James Hamilton of Woodbrook and Strabane Esq, who was Jonathan’s five (5) greats grandfather (1) . James Hamilton was a cousin of the Marquess of the Abercorn.  Later his son, John Hamilton, became the Baronet Sir John Hamilton,  with a distinguished military career in the British Army, his family motto was “Sola virtus nobilitas” which translated means: “Virtue alone is true nobility”.

James Hamilton, the 2nd Earl of Arran (1517-1575)

James Hamilton: Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London WC2 NPG D25177 npg.org.uk/collections

James Hamilton, the 2nd Earl of Arran, Regent of Scotland and the Duke of Chatellerault (France) was Jonathan’s  eleven (11) greats grandfather.

Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland, the Countess of Arran (1453-1488)

Mary Stewart, the Princess of Scotland and the Countess of Arran was Jonathan’s legitimate thirteen (13) greats grandmother. Her mother was Mary of Guelders, and her grandmother was Catherine of Cleves. Mary Stewart’s brother was James III of Scotland, and great granddaughter was later Mary Queen of Scots.

James II, King of Scots (1430-1460)

James II, King of Scots: Image courtesy National Galleries of Scotland, by unknown artist after 1598

King James II was Jonathan’s fourteen (14) greats grandfather through his daughter Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland and the Countess of Arran.

James I, King of Scots (1394-1437)

James I, King of Scots: Image courtesy National Galleries of Scotland, by unknown artist after 1578 Joan (Jane) Beaufort Engraved and published in ‘The Scottish Gallery’ by John Pinkerton, 1799.

King James I was Jonathan’s fifteen (15) greats grandfather. He married Joan Beaufort, the grand-daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Margaret Holland, grand-daughter of Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, who was also mother of Richard II. James met Joan (Jane) when he was imprisoned by the English for 18 years (from the age of 12), including time spent in the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. He was sadly assassinated at Perth Castle in 1437 but Joan survived, as did his son.

John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset (1373-1409)

John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset: Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London WC2 NPG D23929 npg.org.uk/collections

John Beaufort, the Earl of Somerset was Jonathan’s 16 greats grandfather. His grand-daughter was Margaret Beaufort, who married Edmund Tudor and was the mother of Henry VII and forebear of the Tudors.

John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (1340-1399)

John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster Image: c by George Yate, early 17C Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London WC2 NPGD37148 npg.org.uk/collections

John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, was Jonathan’s 17 greats grandfather.

Henry II, King of England (1133)- Plantagenet, Duke of Normandy

King Henry II Image: Unknown artist about 1597 to 1618 Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London WC2 NPG 4980(4) npg.org.uk/collections

King Henry II  was Jonathan’s twenty-three (23) greats grandfather. He married Eleanor of Aquitaine. He established the Assizes, Trial by Jury and the concept of double jeopardy (“autrefois convict”), that a person could not be convicted twice for the same crime. His mother was Empress Matilda, Plantagenet.

1. John Bourke’s Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, 1832 Vol. 1 @ p. 569; John Debrett’s Baronetage of England, 1830 (revised) @ p. 254; family papers.)

Admissions to practice:

The Supreme Court of New South Wales The High Court of Australia

Memberships:

The Law Society of New South Wales The New South Wales Bar Association Migration Institute of Australia

Historical interest:

About the Dowlings: ‘Fortis et Egregius’
Biography of Sir James Dowling, Kt (1787-1844) (by C. H. Currey)
Biography of James Sheen Dowling (1819-1902) (by A. R. Dowli

About the Dowlings- “Fortis et Egregius” (Bold and Excellent)

The Dowlings were English Barristers who became pioneers of Australian legal history. See About the Dowlings here.