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Meet the 2018 LIV Council

Meet the 2018 LIV Council

By Law Institute Journal

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Council Executive

Belinda Wilson
President

BelindaWilson I am honoured to be continuing for a second term as president, and will be dedicated to assisting our members, the legal profession and the community.I will aim to inspire lawyers to challenge our habits and the way we work and to help make a difference for our members. Our members are facing many challenges – we need more funding and resources for our courts, legal aid, improved technology, better infrastructure and greater links between health and legal services. The health and wellbeing of the legal profession is of paramount concern to me and the LIV and we will be doing a lot of work in this area. I will continue to bring my perspective as a practitioner in Gippsland since 2002, and listen to our members in metropolitan and rural areas and ensure LIV services and support are available equally to members in the city and country. I will be continuing the LIV’s proactive work to reduce the cost of regulation and minimise PC fees increases and ensure that our members have a strong voice across government. I look forward to helping and meeting as many of you as possible during 2018. 

Contact details
Belinda Wilson, managing director/consultant
Aligning Strategies/Sullivan Braham Pty Ltd.
470 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph 9607 9367
Email president@liv.asn.au

Council member since January 2014

Stuart Webb
President-elect

SueKee As an experienced professional decision maker, long standing Council member and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, I shall endeavour to ensure that the LIV remains financially secure so that it can achieve its core values of promoting access to justice, maximising member opportunities and remaining the voice of the profession. I look forward to working with you in 2018, an election year in Victoria, and to making the LIV as successful as possible.

Contact details
Stuart Webb
Email secretariat@liv.asn.au
Council member since January 2007

Sam Pandya
Vice-president

StuartWebb I am delighted to be elected vice-president. I will advocate for the best decisions to be made in the interests of the profession. I aim to ensure the LIV represents members and addresses their concerns. Members’ grass roots knowledge is invaluable in improving our ever-changing profession. I understand the challenges innovation, regulation and limited graduate opportunities bring and I will pursue the best possible outcomes as co-chair of the Taskforce on Regulation and Charitable Status. I will also continue to promote diversity in the profession as Chair of the Diversity Taskforce.

Contact details
Sam Pandya, managing partner, OpusRed Lawyers
404/585 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 300
Ph 1300 676 787
Email sam.pandya@opusred.com
Council member since January 2015

Zubair Mian 
5th executive member

SamPandya Admitted in 1986 after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1985, I practise in commercial litigation, family law, property, wills, probate and estate planning. I am president of the Eastern Solicitors Law Association (ESLA) which represents more than 1700 practitioners. I was previously assistant treasurer and vice-president of ESLA. I am a registered mentor with the LIV and Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) and have been informally mentoring young lawyers in private practice since 1995. I was elected unopposed 5th executive member of the LIV Council and re-elected president of AALA Victoria.

Contact details
Zubair Mian, principal, Mian Phillips Lawyers
422 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills 3127
Ph 9888 5885
Email mianphillips@bigpond.com
Council member since January 2016

Council Members

Molina Asthana

GerryBean I am a principal solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. I have experience in India and Australia in private and government sectors. I am an office bearer of the Asian Australian Lawyer’s Association and LIV International Law Section deputy chair. I am Victorian Chapter of the International Law Association president. Through my work with not-for-profits I have been lobbying for change. I am keen to champion the interests of overseas practitioners, government lawyers, women practitioners and advocate for cultural diversity in the profession and cultural training for judges.

Contact details
Molina Asthana, principal solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, 
Level 33, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph 9947 1420
Email molina.asthana@vgso.vic.gov.au
Council member since January 2017

Gerry Bean

CarolineCounsel I am a DLA Piper corporate team partner with a focus on corporate governance in the real estate, infrastructure and health sectors. I am a member of the DLA Piper International Board. In 2017 I chaired the LIV Membership Committee and co-chaired the Taskforce on Regulation and Charitable Status which was active in 2016-2017 and led to changes which were passed at the 2017 AGM. I look forward to working with councillors and members on our future role in regulation. I was on the Building Working Group, Corporate Governance Committee, Ethics Committee and LIJ editorial working group.

Contact details
Gerry Bean, partner, DLA Piper, 
Level 21, 140 William Street, Melbourne 3000 
Ph 9274 5661
Email gerry.bean@dlapiper.com 
Council member since November 2012

Caroline Counsel

MaryjaneCrabtree As a past president of the LIV and returning member on the LIV Council, I have a breadth of corporate memory in relation to the LIV. We are undergoing enormous change and as a membership organisation this is resulting in many challenges for the members, the board and management. I am an LIV accredited family law specialist, family dispute resolution practitioner and collaborative lawyer and have been in practice for 34 years. I am on the Family Law Section Executive and liaison for that Section. I am the LIV representative on the LCA Board, VLAB and the Family Violence Taskforce and Industry Taskforce.

Contact details
Caroline Counsel, principal, Counsel Family Lawyers, Level 7, 365
Queen Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph 9320 3900
Email ccounsel@ccfamlaw.com.au
Council member from 2006-2015 and from January 2017

Maryjane Crabtree

LynHonan I am acutely aware of the need to keep up with change and welcome innovation. My areas of interest in 2018 will be legal education, innovation in practice, our ability to face disruptive factors, and supporting our profession’s efforts to promote human rights, diversity and wellbeing. As chair of the Corporate Governance Committee I will be examining the LIV’s governance structure and whether it serves members as effectively and fairly as possible. My other current roles include Epworth Healthcare board of management president, Ormond College director and Racing Analytical Service deputy chair. I am a member of the Victorian Coronial Council and Victorian Legal Admissions Board.

Contact details
Maryjane Crabtree, 
5 LG 4 Acacia Place, Abbotsford 3067
Ph 0411 221 706
Email maryjane.crabtree@gmail.com 
Council member since March 2015

Brendan Lacota

ClaireKelly I am the principal lawyer at the Moonee Valley Legal Service and co-founder of LifeDocs, a start-up using technology to unlock the law for people who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services. After commencing on the LIV Council as a casual vacancy in January 2017, I am honoured to have been elected to continue as a councillor. I look forward to working with Council to guide the LIV and the profession through technological upheaval, ensuring our profession emerges stronger and better able to serve our clients and the community.

Contact details
Brendan Lacota, principal lawyer Moonee Valley Legal Service, 13A
Wingate Ave, Ascot Vale 3032
Email blacota@mvls.org.au
Council member since January 2017

Simon Libbis

SimonLibbis Having had a number of roles over my 40 years as a practitioner, I am now the principal of Subdivision Lawyers, a boutique property law practice. I have been an LIV accredited specialist in property law since 1994, and have a keen interest in the specialist accreditation scheme. My position on the Specialisation Board provides an opportunity to make a contribution in this area. I see the main role of the LIV as providing services and support to members and will strive to ensure this is of the highest standard.

Contact details
Simon Libbis, principal, Subdivision Lawyers,
PO Box 166, Mentone 3194
Ph 0488 542 247
Email slibbis@gmail.com
Council member since March 2013

Michael Lombard

MichaelLombard In 2018 I aim to ensure the LIV makes decisions and operates with our members and financial responsibility in mind. Council has a huge responsibility to ensure the LIV is administered responsibly. After two years on Council I appreciate that councillors have a responsibility to understand the operations of the LIV and keep themselves properly informed. As we have recently agreed to sell the building, and with LIV income under pressure, it is a time of great change. I will endeavour to ensure the priorities of membership and financial responsibility are paramount.

Contact details
Michael Lombard, partner, Adviceline Injury Lawyers, a division of Holding Redlich,
555 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph 9321 9704
Email michael.lombard@alil.com.au
Council member since January 2016

John McPherson

JohnMcPherson I’ve run a regional law practice in Bendigo, Arnold Dallas McPherson, for the last 23 years. Both the firm and I have primarily focused on plaintiff personal injuries work. The firm has visiting offices throughout regional Victoria, as well as permanent Melbourne and visiting suburban offices. I’m an LIV accredited specialist in personal injury law, and have a long interest and involvement in the community legal sector. Aside from my role on Council, I sit on various LIV Committees, and on the Victorian Branch Committee of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Contact details
John McPherson, principal, Arnold Dallas McPherson,
PO Box 1292, Bendigo 3552
Ph 5445 9200
Email johnm@ardmc.com.au
Council member since January 2017

Tom May

TomMay I practise mainly in taxation law, have been involved in voluntary organisations within and outside the legal profession and have an interest in the agricultural sector. It is essential the LIV provides members with value for money by keeping down membership fees as much as possible and charging appropriately for services on a user-pays basis. The LIV should help members become comfortable with changing technologies and work patterns, continue to place emphasis on the sections and take steps towards creating a strong national lawyers’ organisation and the national profession project.

Contact details
Tom May, head of tax, Madgwicks,
Level 33, 140 William Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph 9242 4797
Email tom.may@madgwicks.com.au
Council member from 2001 to 2015 and from January 2017

Carrie O'Shea

ZubairMian I am an LIV accredited criminal law specialist with experience both in defence and prosecution. I sit as a legal member on the Royal Women’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee. I have a young son and work part time at Victoria Legal Aid. On Council I will work to improve access to justice for all Victorians and to promote the health and wellbeing of members of the legal profession. I see the LIV as a powerful advocate for positive change and feel privileged to be part of its governing body.

Contact details
Carrie O’Shea, managing lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid Western Suburbs Regional Office
Sunshine, 1/474 Ballarat Road, Sunshine North 3020
Ph 9300 5333
Email carrieo1981@gmail.com

Allan Swan

CarrieOShea I am interested in working with clients to prevent or resolve situations that have the potential to lead to litigation or inequity; continuing professional education for legal and other practitioners; and assisting vulnerable people with ownership structures that protect them against exploitation, unnecessary taxation or loss of pension eligibility. I am the author of Australian Estate Planning, and have three specialist accreditations: chartered tax adviser (TIA); trusts and estate practitioner (STEP) , accredited SMSF specialist (SMSF Association).

Contact details 
Allan Swan director, Estate Planning Equation – Preventative Law,
Level 13, 200 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph 8600 6906
Email allan.swan@epeq.com.au
Council member since January 2018

Meghan Warren

TaniaWolff In the past 11 years since admission my practice focus has been commercial, business and disputes. I have small to large firm experience (including as a principal). I have established, advised and been appointed on charitable boards. Recently, I passed the US multistate Bar exam in New York state. On Council I will provide creative solutions to issues confronting members relating to the profession and the LIV; improve support and services to members (particularly empowering students and young lawyers); and improve use of technology in service delivery.

Contact details
Meghan Warren, principal, Burke and Associates Lawyers,
1129 High Street, Armadale 3143
Ph 9822 8588
Email mwarren@burkes-law.com
Council member since January 2018

Kathy Wilson

TaniaWolff The LIV is a membership organisation and exists for its members. I plan to contribute to the strategic direction of the LIV; provide support to practitioners; influence legislative reform and promote the profession. I am an LIV accredited wills and estates specialist with 25 years experience in law firms and have served on numerous LIV committees as well as governance roles in other organisations. I look forward to working with the Council, management and members to advance the interests of the members and achieve a strong, sustainable and respected profession.

Contact details
Kathy Wilson, principal, Aitken Partners
Level 28, 140 William Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph 8600 6041
Email kwilson@aitken.com.au 
Council member since January 2018

Tanya Wolff

TaniaWolff My experience encompasses commercial law, in-house counsel roles and criminal law. I am an LIV accredited specialist in criminal law and manage a specialist CLC within a mental health and addiction treatment clinic. I deal with some of the most vulnerable in our community and witness the cycle of disadvantage, dysfunction, addiction and crime that afflicts so many. My work is to help break that cycle. As an LIV councillor, I hope to promote and advocate for the interests of all our members and contribute to increasing access to justice and advancing therapeutic jurisprudence and justice reinvestment initiatives.

Contact details
Tania Wolff, principal, First Step Legal,
42 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
Ph 9537 3177
Email tania.w@firststep.org.au or taniawolff@yahoo.com
Council member since January 2016

I am honoured to be continuing for a second term as president, and will be dedicated to assisting our members, the legal profession and the community.I will aim to inspire lawyers to challenge our habits and the way we work and to help make a difference for our members. Our members are facing many challenges – we need more funding and resources for our courts, legal aid, improved technology, better infrastructure and greater links between health and legal services

 


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