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Mildura lawyer fills LIV Council vacancy

Briefs

Mildura practitioner Michael Holcroft has been appointed to fill the casual vacancy on the LIV Council, following John Bentley’s appointment as a magistrate.

Mr Holcroft, 42, is the principal of Gallagher Holcroft Lawyers in Mildura. The firm employs 14 staff and practises primarily in commercial law, commercial litigation, conveyancing and estates.

LIV CEO Mike Brett Young said Mr Holcroft had been chosen from a strong field of candidates and would offer strong representation on rural issues.

“His is an excellent appointment. He has got strong contacts in the Mildura area and will be a great addition to Council,” he said.

Born and educated in Mildura, Mr Holcroft completed his economics and law degree at Monash University in 1989, before being articled to Geoff Durham of Hall & Wilcox Lawyers and admitted in 1990.

He has served as president of the North West Law Association and describes himself as “a first generation lawyer, businessman, sports fanatic, lapsed golfer and novice aviator”.

He said his appointment would give him a taste of life as a councillor ahead of elections later this year.

His Council agenda will include opposition to what he terms the “over-regulation of legal practices” and part-time judicial appointments.

He is also interested in contributing to the work of Council in areas such as access to education and justice, regional recruitment of professional people, retention of younger lawyers and lobbying the government on water law reforms.

For more on Mr Bentley’s appointment, see “LIV brief for magistrate”, page 36 of this edition of the LIJ.

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