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LIV council 2009

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Cite as: (2009) 83(02) LIJ, p.16


The LIV introduces its 2009 Council.

The 18-member Council is the supreme policy making forum for the LIV. It makes decisions about policies affecting the legal profession and makes representations or comments on policy or legislation to government and other organisations.

It meets at least once each month to consider matters of policy.

Council has a five-member Executive – president, president-elect, immediate past-president, vice-president and 5th Executive member. Changes to the structure of LIV office bearers, with the position of treasurer made redundant, were approved at the LIV AGM late 2007 and took effect last year.

The Executive meets on a fortnightly basis.

President

Danny Barlow
Director
Riordan Legal
PO Box 1083, Shepparton 3630
DX 63012 Shepparton
Ph: 5823 7660
Fax: 5821 0299
Email: dmb@riordanlegal.com.au

I am delighted to serve as president of the LIV in its 150th year. I expect that the coming year will be challenging for many of our members given the tough economic times ahead. However, I believe that it is at this time that the LIV should be doing more than ever to assist members in practical ways, wherever possible. It is for this reason that I intend doing all that I can to ensure that the LIV is of maximum assistance to its members over the next 12 months.

President-elect

Steven Stevens
Partner
Freehills
Level 43, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
DX 240 Melbourne
Ph: 9288 1241
Fax: 9288 1567
Email: steven.stevens@freehills.com

I am keen to work with fellow Councillors to support the development of a strong national legal profession, promoting the interests of the profession and of the community we serve at all levels of government, with the LIV being a leader among state/territory law societies.

Our major objectives during a difficult economic environment in the next year include national harmonisation of legislation governing the legal profession, changing government priorities on legal aid funding to promote the availability of quality access to justice for all members of our community and promoting the benefits to the community of using lawyers, rather than non-legally qualified competitors, in matters including conveyancing, wills and estates and business transactions.

Immediate past president

Anthony Burke
Principal
Burke & Associates Lawyers Pty Ltd
1st Floor, 1127 High Street, Armadale 3143
Ph: 9822 8588
Fax: 9822 9899
Email: tony@burkes-law.com

Of my nearly five years on Council I have spent all but several months as a member of the Executive, in 2008 serving as president and this year as immediate past president. Until the end of this year I am the LIV’s nominated director on the board of the Law Council of Australia, where there is a renewed endeavour to achieve a simplified and genuinely uniform regulation of Australia’s legal profession.

Meanwhile, I continue as a sole practitioner in a busy suburban practice, focusing on SME commercial work and private client advisory work. So, I bridge the gap from the micro to the macro in the legal sphere. There is much work to be done by the profession at large in addressing a looming succession challenge and in showing real respect to ourselves, so that practice is sustainable, enriching and fulfilling on all levels.

Vice-president

Caroline Counsel
Principal
Caroline Counsel Family Lawyers
Level 2, 362 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph: 9320 3900
Fax: 9328 2433
Email: ccounsel@ccfamlaw.com.au

In 2009 I will have been in practice 25 years, predominantly as a family law specialist. I will work to ensure that you – the members of the LIV – have your needs heard and addressed. As a membership organisation, the only reason we exist is to serve you.

I hope to continue work as a member of the CPD CAC, Audit, Ethics, Family Law Executive, Collaborative Law and Future Focus Committees, as well as the Council of Legal Education. I am actively involved in supporting young lawyers and suburban and country law association members as I believe they face unique challenges as members of the LIV.

5th Executive member

Michael Holcroft
Holcroft Avery Lawyers
143 Langtree Avenue, Mildura 3500
DX 50020 Mildura
Ph: 5022 2622
Fax: 5022 2649
Email: Michael.holcroft@holcroftavery.com.au

I practise in commercial law, litigation, conveyancing and estates in a four-solicitor firm in Mildura. I have a degree in economics and 12 years experience in managing my own legal firm(s).

Reducing regulation, encouraging nationalisation and promoting members’ interests are important to me. In troubled times, lawyers (and the LIV) are well positioned to show leadership and establish ourselves as the necessary “trusted legal advisers” of our clients. I look forward to the opportunities ahead.

Admitted in Victoria in 1990 and in NSW in 1993, I am 42 years old, married with three children.

Cathy Gale

Principal
Catherine Gale
Level 29, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
DX 261 Melbourne
Ph: 9620 0088
Fax: 9620 0080
Email: cgale@catherinegale.com.au

I am a University of Melbourne Law School graduate and have extensive training in collaborative law and mediation. I have been assisting family law clients to resolve conflicts for more than 30 years. I have had extensive involvement with the LIV. In 1989 I became one of Melbourne’s first accredited family law specialists, and then worked on the LIV’s Specialisation Committee for six years.

I was elected to the LIV Council in 2003 and in 2006 I was elected president. I continue today as a Council member. I have been appointed the Law Council of Australia’s National Collaborative Practice Committee chair and I am actively involved in the training of lawyers in the collaborative process.

Iresha Herath

Corporate Counsel
ConnectEast Group (currently on maternity leave)
48 Gipps Street, East Melbourne 3002
Ph: 9419 8748
Email: iresha@9minds.com.au

A former Mallesons senior associate and ministerial adviser to Peter Batchelor MLA, I am currently on maternity leave from the position of corporate counsel with ConnectEast. LIV Young Lawyers’ Section president in 2004, LIV Council member in 2005 and ACLA executive member, I am also director of theatre company 9minds, whose work has been produced four times at the Arts Centre.

My aims for office include improving conditions for junior lawyers, indigenous lawyers and women in practice, supporting social justice work done by the LIV, supporting and developing pro bono schemes in practice and improving representation of corporate lawyers.

Brigid Jenkins

Independent Children’s Lawyer
Victoria Legal Aid
350 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000
DX 210646 Melbourne
Ph: 9269 0320
Fax: 9269 0440
Email: brigidj@vla.vic.gov.au

I am an Independent Children’s Lawyer employed by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA). Admitted to practice in 1999, I have practised in the country, suburbs and the city. For the past four years, my practice has been exclusively in family law.

During my time in the country I was the secretary and president of the Wimmera Law Association and a founding member of the Regional and Suburban Young Lawyers’ Committee.

My interest in being on Council reflects my experience and I hope to promote the interests of VLA but also the profession across the board, in particular those in regional and suburban practice.

Aurora Kostezky

470 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph: 9607 9372
Fax: 9607 9542
Email: C/- jculey@liv.asn.au

It is critical that all Victorian lawyers are supported in their professional lives, whether they work in private practice, as corporate lawyers or for government. The LIV Council is striving to ensure that members of the legal profession turn to the LIV for this support, and to continually improve the services it delivers to its members. I am proud to be a part of this process.

Anthony (Tom) May

Partner
Herbert Geer & Rundle
Level 21, 385 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
DX 428 Melbourne
Ph: 9641 8917
Fax: 9642 4435
Email: tmay@hgr.com.au

I am a member of three LIV Sections, but I practise mainly in taxation law. I have been involved in many organisations, both within and outside the legal profession, especially at Monash University. I also have an interest in the agricultural sector. I have initiated a regular program whereby the LIV Council meets at country and suburban locations each year as a means of connecting with our members in those locations.

I believe it is essential that the LIV provides value for money for its members by keeping down annual membership fees as much as possible and charging appropriately for services on a user-pays basis. The LIV should also help members become more comfortable with changing technologies and work patterns. It should continue to place emphasis on the Sections and take steps towards creating a strong national lawyers’ organisation and a more integrated profession on a national basis.

Conor O’Brien

Principal Solicitor
Doogue & O’Brien Solicitors
24a Railway Crescent, Broadmeadows 3047
Ph: 9351 1455
Fax: 9351 1566
Email: conor@doogueobrien.com.au

I practise exclusively in criminal law and am a partner in criminal law firm Doogue & O’Brien which employs five solicitors. In 2000 I became an accredited specialist in criminal law. I am a longstanding member of the LIV’s Criminal Law Section, having served on the Section’s Executive since 2000, and was chair in 2006 and 2007.

I was elected to the LIV Council in 2007 for three years. My experience as a partner in a law firm, a suburban lawyer and someone who appears daily in the courts places me in a position to bring a small business and small practice perspective to the deliberations of Council.

Bruce Pippett

Director
dkp Lawyers Pty Ltd
Suite 107, 3 Male Street,
Brighton 3186
PO Box 285, Brighton 3186
DX 18604 Brighton
Ph: 9553 8108
Fax: 9553 8730
Email: dkp@people.net.au

I am a sole practitioner with a general practice, having been in practice since 1973. This will be my fourth year on Council. My particular interest is serving and protecting the interests of members of the LIV.

In an ever-increasing environment of regulation of the profession by the government through legislation, I believe it is incumbent on all lawyers to do what they can to ensure the profession survives to serve the community. We should not allow government and bureaucracy to dictate to the community the freedoms enjoyed by all.

This year I was appointed to the Board of Examiners. Ensuring that only fit and proper persons are admitted to the profession is both a rather daunting responsibility as well as exciting and interesting.

Dominique Saunders

Corporate Counsel
Western Health
Western Hospital, Executive Suite, 160 Gordon Street, Footscray 3011
Ph: 8345 7881
Fax: 9317 7815
Email: dominique.saunders@wh.org.au

This year will be my fifth year on Council. Following my departure in 2008 from Russell Kennedy where I worked as special counsel in health and aged care, I commenced as corporate counsel at Western Health. I am also a volunteer at the Western Suburbs Legal Service.

I have a long involvement in the LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Section, the establishment of the Elder Law Section and the AMA/LIV Committee and the Ethics Committee. These Sections have been instrumental for the profession in leading and responding to access to justice, social policy and law reform.

I have a deep commitment to human rights law and will continue this work in 2009. I also see the LIV playing an increasingly important role in issues for the profession in retaining young practitioners, work/life balance and equality.

Stella Stuthridge

Principal
Stella Stuthridge & Associates
130 McCrae Street, Bendigo 3550
DX 55023 Bendigo
Ph: 5444 0906
Fax: 5444 0916
Email: Stella.stuthridge@stellastuthridge.com.au

I run a small practice in Bendigo, practising mainly in criminal law, family law, victims of crime and child protection.

I am passionate about access to justice in the regions and for vulnerable clients. I have a strong commitment to improving access to legal aid and increasing funding levels. I also think it is important that the LIV plays a significant role in improving the profile of regional members in the community. The next couple of years will undoubtedly see significant changes in legal practice and I look forward to being part of those changes.

Reynah Tang

Partner
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph: 9672 3535
Fax: 9672 3010
Email: reynah.tang@corrs.com.au

I am a partner in the revenue group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, specialising in corporate income tax. I currently chair the Education Portfolio and the LIJ Editorial Committees, and act as the Council liaison for the Commercial Law Section.

During my time on Council, I hope to continue my work on a number of issues confronting the LIV and its members, including its level of engagement with larger law firms, the taxation consequences of incorporation of legal practices and the role of a state-based law society in an increasingly federal legal system.

Lucy Terracall

Clayton Utz
Level 18, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
DX 38451 333 Collins
Ph: 9286 6305
Fax: 9629 8488
Email: lterracall@claytonutz.com

I am a third year lawyer at Clayton Utz, practising in insurance. I have been an active member of the Young Lawyers’ Section for several years and was Section president in 2008.

In 2009, I will encourage young lawyers to take advantage of the services and opportunities offered by the LIV. In particular, I want to work with the members of the LIV Council to ensure that young lawyers take an active role in the LIV committees.

Stuart Webb

Section Head
Victoria Legal Aid
250 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000
DX 210646 Melbourne
Ph: 9269 0416
Fax: 9269 0210
Email: stuartw@vla.vic.gov.au

I am a fifth-year lawyer working in the Human Rights and Civil Law Service of Victoria Legal Aid.

I look forward to continuing to promote issues of access to justice for disadvantaged individuals and organisations, working for the greater coordination of the LIV, the community legal services and legal aid in supplying legal services to the community as required, and working to have the services provided by lawyers across the board recognised as an integral part of a mature and functioning civil society.

Mark Woods

Director
Tyler Tipping & Woods Solicitors
81 Hotham Street, Traralgon 3844
DX 84405 Traralgon
Ph: 5174 6311
Fax: 5174 9979
Email: mgw.ttw@net-tech.com.au

Issues which should be pursued over the next three years include a significant increase in remuneration to members undertaking legal aid work, a comprehensive review of the reasons for the increases in the cost of regulating the profession in Victoria and legislative change to reverse the trend, a greater focus on the national profession from both a regulatory and representational point of view, a greater emphasis by the LIV on effective lobbying for change to reverse the loss of rights occasioned by tort law “reform” and continued lobbying for measures to address the shortage of lawyers in regional Victoria.

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