The new man in Gladys Berejiklian’s life is an esteemed barrister, a huge Parramatta Eels supporter, a fitness fanatic and a Midnight Oil fan.
The relationship between the New South Wales Premier and Arthur Moses was revealed on Friday night by none other than Ms Berejiklian’s younger sister, who shared a loved-up snap of the pair to her Instagram account.
‘After work Friday feels with these two. Glad and her boo,’ the premier’s sister Mary captioned the shot that shows Ms Berejiklian and Mr Moses gazing into each other’s eyes while sitting beside one another on a lounge.
Mr Moses represented Ms Berejiklian when she faced the Independent Commission Against Corruption last year into her former boyfriend, disgraced MP Daryl Maguire.
During the inquiry the premier revealed she’d been dating Mr Maguire, an MP for Wagga Wagga, for five years.
The New South Wales Premier’s relationship with high-profile barrister Arthur Moses was confirmed on Friday night through an Instagram post shared by her sister
The bombshell confession not only shocked the public but also floored Ms Berejiklian’s own parliamentary colleagues.
She admitted during the peak of their romance she saw herself marrying Mr Maguire but has since moved on with Mr Moses – a highly regarded Sydney lawyer who has already got the tick of approval from several of the premier’s colleagues.
A well-placed source in Australia’s legal fraternity told Daily Mail Australia Mr Moses was ‘held in high esteem’ by his colleagues and is very well respected.
‘Lawyers who work with him regard him as meticulous and methodical,’ the source said.
Mr Moses is an esteemed Sydney lawyer who also has a passion for fitness and the Parramatta Eels
Mr Moses has been practising law for more than 25 years and is currently representing Ben Roberts-Smith (pictured together) in his defamation trial against Nine newspapers
‘He is very structured and disciplined and conducts his practice in a quasi-military style.’
As well as his dedication to his legal work – which has seen him serve as the president of both the NSW Bar Association and Law Council of Australia – Mr Moses is a fitness junkie.
‘He is very keen on personal fitness, he’s extremely fit and runs up to 10km most days,’ the source said.
‘That makes you a little more sharper, able to focus and cope with long hours by having that sort of fitness balance.
‘He really is one of the most methodical and meticulous in the law – very rigorous and focused in his work.’
Mr Moses has been practising law for more than 25 years and is currently representing Ben Roberts-Smith in his defamation trial against Nine newspapers.
In an article dating back to 2017, the barrister described himself as ‘persistent, loyal and annoying’.
He also revealed his deep love for the Parramatta Eels footy club, saying his happiest moments were when the team was winning grand finals in the 1980s.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured right) says she didn’t fear for her job after her secret five-year relationship with former colleague Daryl Maguire (left) became public during the ICAC hearing last year
When asked what his favourite song was he responded ‘Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds are Burning” and said that in the event his life was to be turned into a movie he’d want ‘Mr Bean’ star Rowan Atkinson to play himself.
Mr Moses almost lived a completely different life and revealed his father wanted him to be a mechanic and leave school at the age of 15
But Mr Moses almost lived a completely different life and revealed his father wanted him to be a mechanic and leave school at the age of 15.
‘My mother persuaded him that I should be allowed to finish school,’ he said in the article with legal magazine Justinian.
He credited his late mother as the most influential person in his life.
‘She could not read or write but was the wisest and strongest person I have known,’ he said.
Mr Moses was also a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve and has worked in various military law cases.
His long list of accolades doesn’t end there with the barrister recently taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout this week.
It was his fifth year spending a night sleeping on the streets on Thursday to raise money and awareness about homelessness.
Mr Moses raised more than $25,000 for the cause.
He also has an adult son, Nicholas, whom he shares with ex-wife and lawyer Sylvia Moses.
Nicholas is a practising lawyer himself.
When the news of his relationship with the NSW premier surfaced, Ms Berejiklian’s colleagues were quick to give the couple their nod of approval.
The biggest praise came from Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott who shared his reaction on LinkedIn.
‘So let’s recap. He’s a Parra (Parramatta Eels) supporter, a westie, a Liberal and a Reservist,’ he wrote.
‘My boss has hooked up with the perfect bloke!’.
The barrister recently took part in the Vinnies CEO Sleep Out on Thursday night to raise money for the homeless (pictured is MP Alister Henskens and Mr Moses)
Customer Service Victor Dominello described them as the ‘perfect pair’, while Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean said they were ‘two of the best people’ he knew.
‘However, I think they are two of the most amazing people I know and I’m so happy they’ve found each other,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
It’s unclear when the pair began their romance but rumours had swirled in legal and political circles after the couple were spotted sharing a meal at a cafe.
A spokesperson for the premier said: ‘They have recently begun spending private time together. The Premier will not discuss her private life.’
Throughout the ICAC inquiry and several media appearances afterwards, Ms Berejiklian appeared stoic, but confessed she had shed tears in the privacy of her own home.
In the wake of the relationship admission, Ms Berejiklian said it had been ‘one of the most difficult days of my life’ – but she never considered standing down as premier as she did not believe she had done anything wrong.
She and Mr Maguire had been friends for more than 20 years before becoming intimate around 2015.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (right) got on with the job of leading her state during a pandemic when her former relationship with Daryl Maguire (left) became public