Organisation and Structure

Council

Council

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The Law Society is governed by a Council chaired by the President and is assisted in the management of the Law Society by the Chief Executive Officer and Law Society staff.

There are more than 40 member committees, covering policy, statutory and administrative issues.

The Council of the Law Society of Western Australia consists of:

  • President
  • Senior Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Immediate Past President
  • 12 Ordinary members
  • One Country member
  • Three Junior members

The Executive includes the President, Senior Vice President, Vice President and Treasurer. The Council operates in accordance with the Council Standing Orders and the Constitution.

2017 Council Members

Alain Musikanth

Alain Musikanth
President
Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Hayley Cormann

Hayley Cormann
Senior Vice President
Senior Associate, Clayton Utz
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Greg McIntyre

Greg McIntyre SC
Vice President
Barrister, John Toohey Chambers
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Jocelyne Boujos

Jocelyne Boujos
Treasurer
Principal, Sceales & Company
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Elizabeth Needham

Elizabeth Needham
Immediate Past President
Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Brahma Dharmananda SC
Ordinary Member 
Barrister, Quayside Chambers
Council Term Expires: 12/2018

Nathan Ebbs

Nathan Ebbs
Ordinary Member
Managing Principal, Bennett + Co
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Adam Ebell

Adam Ebell
Ordinary Member 
State Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Elisabeth Edwards
Ordinary Member 
Regional Legal Counsel (WA), Multiplex Constructions
Council Term Expires: 12/2018

Catherine Fletcher

Catherine Fletcher
Ordinary Member 
State Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Council Term Expires: 12/2018

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee
Ordinary Member
Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Marshall McKenna

Marshall McKenna
Ordinary Member
Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Council Term Expires: 12/2018

Denis McLeod

Denis McLeod
Ordinary Member
Partner, McLeods
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Stefan Sudweeks

Stefan Sudweeks
Ordinary Member
Partner, Jackson McDonald
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Nicholas van Hattem
Ordinary Member
Solicitor, State Solicitor’s Office
Council Term Expires: 12/2018

Paula Wilkinson
Ordinary Member
Director, Kim Wilson & Co
Council Term Expires: 12/2018

Jodie Moffat

Jodie Moffat
Junior Member 
Solicitor, Bennett + Co
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Noella Silby
Junior Member
Solicitor, MDC Legal
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Brooke Sojan

Brooke Sojan
Country Member 
Solicitor, Legal Aid WA
Council Term Expires: 12/2017

Executive

Executive

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Alain Musikanth

Alain Musikanth, President

Alain is a barrister practising from Francis Burt Chambers in commercial litigation with a particular focus on professional liability and regulation, insurance and contentious tax matters.

Since commencing practice over 20 years ago, Alain has appeared as both lead and junior counsel in a wide range of contested matters in a variety of Courts and tribunals. He has acted in complex commercial litigation, and has sat as both a mediator and as an arbitrator.

Before commencing practice at the Western Australian Bar in early 2007 Alain was special counsel in the commercial litigation division of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Before joining Corrs in 2001 he practised as a barrister in Cape Town, South Africa.

Alain holds the degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Cape Town. He was an inaugural director of Law Access Ltd, is a member of the Law Society’s Ethics and Brief Editorial Committees, convenor of the Society’s Professional Standards Scheme Committee and co-convenor of the Society’s Education Committee.

Hayley Cormann

Hayley Cormann, Senior Vice President

Hayley has been an Ordinary Member of Council since 2011. She practises as a lawyer in commercial litigation at Clayton Utz, specialising in the defence of professional medical negligence suits brought against medical practitioners as well as in the conduct of disciplinary proceedings against medical practitioners brought by regulatory bodies of the medical profession in Australia.

Hayley graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce. She completed part of her legal studies at the Catholic University in Washington DC where she also completed an Internship at the office of a Congressional Member of the United States House of Representatives in 2004. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Greg McIntyre

Greg McIntyre SC, Vice President

Greg is a barrister practising from John Toohey Chambers. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1974, was admitted to practice in 1976, joined the independent bar in 1993 and took silk in 2002. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame since 2001 and the University of Western Australia since 2017.

His early years of practice were with Aboriginal Legal Services in Western Australia and Far North Queensland, focusing on criminal law. He conducted the Mabo case over its 10 year history and has had a practice in Native title since that time. He had the conduct of the case of Koowarta v Bjelke Petersen in 1982 and has had a practice in human rights matters with a focus on racial discrimination and racial vilification since that time. In 1990 he took the case of Bropho v WA to the High Court and his practice has involved a number of Aboriginal Heritage and Environmental protection cases.

Greg is Convenor of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, the Access to Justice Committee and the Administrative, Constitutional and Migration Law Committee of the Society. He is also Chair of the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group of the Legal Practice Section, a member of the Australian Human Rights Committee and a member of the Access to Justice Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He is the President of the Western Australian Branch of the International Commission of Jurists and a member of the Professional Affairs Committee of the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. He is a member of the Society’s Senior Adviser’s panel, participates in its Mentoring scheme and is on its Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Incarceration and Justice Reinvestment Working Groups.

Jocelyne Boujos

Jocelyne Boujos, Treasurer

Jocelyne is partner in Sceales Lawyers and has practised in commercial and taxation law for over 25 years. She advises clients including indigenous charitable trusts, in relation to taxation and trust matters including superannuation issues and estate planning. Jocelyne commenced practice in the Australian Taxation Office as Principal Prosecution Officer and Senior Advising Officer, and has lectured at the University of Western Australia in the Master of Taxation and Master of Business Administration degrees. She is a Certified Tax Practitioner – Taxation Institute of Australia, a member of the Taxation Committees of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia and is a trustee of the Graduate Women Education Trust.

Our People

Our People

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David Price

David Price
Chief Executive Officer
dprice@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8605

Management

David has over 25 years senior management experience and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Western Australia Inc and Law Mutual (WA) in July 2006. Prior to commencing at the Law Society, David held senior roles in local government as Chief Executive Officer at the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale from 2000 to 2004 and the City of Nedlands from 2004 to 2006.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society David reports to an elected Council and has responsibility for both the Law Society of Western Australia and Law Mutual (WA):

The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for the legal profession in Western Australia. The Law Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its members and to the enhancement of the legal profession through being a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and rule of law.

Law Mutual (WA) was established by the Law Society in 1995 to administer the professional indemnity insurance arrangements for the legal profession in Western Australia. The major functions of Law Mutual (WA) are to:

  • Obtain competitively priced insurance coverage for Western Australian law firms
  • Implement risk management strategies to reduce the instances of claims
  • Provide an efficient claims management service

As head of the State’s peak body for the legal profession, David is required to ensure that the Law Society identifies and meets the needs of its 3,750 plus members and Law Mutual insureds. This includes liaising with government, regulatory bodies, the Law Council of Australia, other law societies and insurers both nationally and internationally.

David’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma of Business in Management Studies and a Diploma in Business Management.

Executive

Sue Langmair, Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and President

Mary Woodford

Mary Woodford
General Manager – Advocacy
mwoodford@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8646

Advocacy

Mary is a senior legal practitioner with experience in the private and public sector having previously held the roles of Senior Legal Counsel at the University of Western Australia and of Consultant, Corporate & Commercial with Jackson McDonald Lawyers.  She has also advised on legal and policy matters as Principal Policy Officer to the Minister for Health and as Director Legal & Policy with the Australian Medical Association (WA).

Mary has served as a member of a number of committees for legislative reviews and reform and in recent years has focused on providing corporate and commercial legal advice to clients in the private sector, including statutory authorities, health and education institutions and not-for-profit organisations.

Mary also has experience as a Company Secretary and is currently a non-executive director of HBF Limited and Chair of MercyCare Limited and Chair of Central Regional TAFE.

Advocacy

Joanna Blackley, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Ruth Loveranes, Lawyer Policy and Advocacy
Priya Pillay, Lawyer – Professional Standards Scheme & Policy

Vernon Thompson

Vernon Thompson
General Manager – Corporate Services
vthompson@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8645

Corporate Services

Vernon is an experienced accountant and senior executive manager across multiple industries. Vernon holds a Bachelor of Business and has held senior and executive roles in Public Practise, Commerce, State Government and most recently the Not for Profit Industry.

Vernon has previously held the roles Director of Finance and Resources at Private Independent College in Perth, Chief Financial Officer with SkyWest Airlines, Financial Controller of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Manager Budgets with the Department of Education and Senior Tax account/Business Services at a second tier CPA firm.

Corporate Services

Vivienne Bone, Human Resources and Finance Officer
Gillian Cinanni, Receptionist and Administration Officer
Sim Choong Lim, Accountant
Gayle Nevin, Administration and Facilities Coordinator
Mohammad Shoaib Sidiqi, IT Officer
Trevor Smith, IT Administrator
Yulanka Vaaulu, Receptionist and Administration Officer

Marketing and Communications

Moira McKechnie, Manager Marketing and Communications
Andrew MacNiven, Communications and Media Officer
Brett Syme, Communications and Design Officer

Aine Whelan

Áine Whelan
General Manager – Programmes
awhelan@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8629

Programmes

Áine has a background in the performing arts, holding an honours degree in music from Trinity College Dublin, and an Arts Management degree from the internationally recognised Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She has produced and toured a wide range of arts and cultural events in Australia, Europe and Asia. With over 25 years’ experience in management and program planning she has successfully transferred this accumulated knowledge to senior positions in Government, the corporate sector and academia. Holding an Executive MBA from the University of Western Australia, Áine uses her diverse skills and experience to realise ideas and lead best practice.

Education and Community Services

Dean Curtis, Manager Education and Community Services
Michelle Davies, Education Officer
Rosemary Fitzgerald, Museum Curator
Soula Veyradier, Museum Curator
Annie Warburton, Mock Trial Coordinator

Membership

Claire Eslinger, Membership Executive
Maryka Mensink, Programmes Executive
Chloe Kamuhemu, Membership Services Officer
Francesca Giglia, Administration Officer

Professional Development

Dr Andrew Lu OAM, Manager Professional Development
Zoe Mills, Administration Officer
Lakshmi Jones, Events Administration Officer
Carmen Maughan, Professional Development Officer

Law Mutual

David Price

David Price
Chief Executive Officer
dprice@lawsocietywa.asn.au
(08) 9324 8605

David is the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Western Australia and Law Mutual (WA). He has overall responsibility for Law Mutual (WA).

John Rogers

John Rogers
General Manager – Law Mutual
jrogers@lawmutualwa.com.au
(08) 9324 8625

John commenced as the General Manager Law Mutual (WA) in June 2015.  Prior to this appointment John was a Senior Consultant at MYR Consulting, a business and risk management consultancy based in Western Australia. He commenced his professional career as an articled clerk at Jackson McDonald, having obtained his legal qualifications at the University of Western Australia. John was a partner at Phillips Fox for three years prior to moving to the insurance industry in 1991.

He has held several senior management positions within GIO, AMP and Suncorp’s general insurance businesses, the most recent as Executive General Manager of GIO & Vero Personal Insurance based in Sydney. John relocated to Perth in 2012 as a result of joining MYR Consulting.

Law Mutual Team

Paula Bluemel, Insurance Services Officer
Vicki Coles, Manager, Risk
Thai Do, Accountant
Sharan Gill, Manager – Claims
Jessie Ridgewell
, Claims Coordinator
Michael Loh, Manager Finance and Administration

Life Members

Life Members

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Life membership is awarded to individual members who have greatly contributed to the Law Society, the administration of justice, the legal profession or the community in relation to legal service.

2016

Susan Fielding
The Hon Kevin Parker AC RFD QC
Chris Zelestis QC

2015

Steven Penglis
The Hon Justice Carmel McLure
Clare Thompson

2014

Dudley Stow

2013

Her Hon Antoinette Kennedy AO
The Hon Robert Nicholson AO

2012

Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC
The Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC
The Hon Michael Murray QC
The Hon Daryl Williams AM QC

2010

John Fiocco
Laurie Shervington

2009

Elizabeth Heenan
The Hon Justice Ken Martin

2008

John Gillett
David Garnsworthy

2007

Michal Lewi

2005

His Hon Judge John Chaney
Rick Cullen

2003

The Hon Sir John Lavan *

2002

Gregory Boyle
Judy Eckert
The Hon Robert French
The Hon Chief Justice David Malcolm AC *
Robert Meadows QC
Her Hon Judge Kate O’Brien
John Syminton

1998

The Hon Sir Francis Burt AC *
The Hon P Durack QC *
The Hon John Toohey AC *
The Hon Ian Medcalf AO*

1996

The Hon Barry Rowland QC
The Hon John Wickham QC
Rory Argyle

* Deceased

Past Presidents

Past Presidents

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The Law Society of Western Australia’s past Presidents include some of Western Australia’s best legal minds. The list includes current and former judges, Chief Justices, a former Premier and Attorneys General, a Governor and managing partners.

Presidency of the Society has sometimes been the culmination of a long career but more often presaged later advancement.

A number of past Presidents have received honours including a knighthood or an Australian honour with two Companions (AC), four Orders (AO) and three Members (AM).

A number founded well-known law firms and others were distinguished solicitors. Since the WA Bar Association was founded, 58% have been barristers.

In the beginning it was common for a President to serve for two, sometimes three years. More recently, reflecting the onerous nature of the role, Presidents have tended to serve a one year term.

In all, the Society has been well served over 90 years by all those who have chosen to give their time and experience to the role of President.

Law Society Presidents