Margaret Stone retired from the Federal Court of Australia in March 2012. Prior to her twelve years with the Federal Court she was a partner in the national law firm, Freehills, and before that, an academic at the Law School, University of New South Wales. She has degrees from Sydney University, the Australian National University and Yale University. As an academic she taught many subjects in both private and public law. In practice as a solicitor she was involved in major transactions in property, banking and finance, infrastructure development and taxation. On the Federal Court she has presided over both first instance cases and appeals in a wide range of areas including constitutional law, class actions, administrative law, patents, taxation, commercial and corporations law.
Her publications include books and articles mainly in the areas of equity and property. She is a member of the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee and a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.