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Former LIV president climbs LCA ladder


Cite as: (2007) 81(12) LIJ, p. 14

Former Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) president John Corcoran has been appointed Law Council of Australia (LCA) president-elect.

Mr Corcoran, a commercial lawyer and partner with Russell Kennedy, joined the LCA in September 2004, citing human rights as a key issue for the national legal body.

The LIV welcomes the 2007/08 LCA executive, president Ross Ray QC, president-elect John Corcoran, treasurer Glenn Fergusson and members Ken Martin QC and Alexander Ward.

Mr Corcoran is an expert in business and commercial property law, including land subdivisions, commercial law and securities. He is also a recognised expert in relation to retirement villages and aged care facilities.

In 1998 Mr Corcoran was elected to the LIV Council, and served as president in 2001/02.

He was appointed to the Legal Services Board when it was introduced in December 2005 under the Legal Profession Act 2004.

The prominent Victorian lawyer is on track to become the second former LIV president to head the LCA. Dr Gordon Hughes was LCA president in 1999/2000 after serving as LIV president in 1992/93.

Mr Cororcan said it was important that Victorian solicitors had a say at the national level.

“We believe we can add value to the organisation,” he said.


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