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Cite as: (2009) 83(03) LIJ, p.16

Melbourne has a new law association after the LIV Council officially endorsed the formation of the Inner City Law Association (ICLA).

The ICLA, which boasts an initial membership of 15 practitioners, held its inaugural meeting last December and was formally endorsed at the 22 January LIV Council meeting.

The ICLA was developed after time-conscious members, who work in Melbourne’s CBD but are unable to attend suburban association meetings, registered their interest with the LIV in joining a more accessible association.

The first ICLA president is Glass Lawyers principal Helen Glass.

Ms Glass is a former LIV Council member and currently sits on the LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Section executive and migration law committees.

Other key office bearers are vice-president Lily Ong Business Lawyers and Migration Consultants sole practitioner Lily Ong and Ord Minnett Private Wealth solicitor Shane Williams, who will serve as both secretary and treasurer.

A migration law specialist, Ms Glass said that, following a long association with the Southern Suburbs Law Association, she appreciated the enormous benefit practitioners received from a culture built around support and companionship.

“We [in the city] are really missing out on something rewarding that suburban solicitors regularly take advantage of. We encourage people to join because it will be a very positive experience,” she said.

“It will also be a terrific way to get to know, network and make friends with other practitioners who work in the city.”

And, in a twist during the LIV’s sesquicentennial celebrations, the formation of the ICLA is a reflection on the LIV’s roots.

In 1859, a club established by about a dozen inner-Melbourne solicitors, with mutual interests that included eating a good lunch in congenial company, soon developed into the LIV.

LIV president Danny Barlow hoped the new association would be supported as it promised to be a terrific way for practitioners to meet and potentially work with other Melbourne-based practitioners.

The LIV is offering initial support in setting up the association, including the provision of a meeting place at its Bourke Street headquarters.

For further information on the Inner City Law Association, see


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