In-house/Government Lawyers

2018/19 Annual Report

The In-house/Government Lawyers Committee aims to promote and support the specific needs of in-house and government lawyers within the Law Society. It particularly seeks to promote increased understanding in the wider profession of the in-house sector which constitutes over 30% of the national legal profession.

The Committee continues to support the Law Society’s CPD programme with suggestions for seminars and participation in seminars which not only engage the in-house sector but also inform and educate the private profession on the particular challenges facing in-house practitioners. This included a Law Society CPD session on ‘What is Unique about the Government Contract’ as well as a
recent Brief article on government contracting by one of the committee members, which was well received.

The Committee continues to highlight issues of concern to in-house and government practitioners including workload stress with numerous approved redundancies in the public sector.

The Committee is in the process of preparing to host another Law Society social function for members from other in-house organisations such as AMPLA, ACC and SOUL to socialise with members of the Law Society. This will be the third function of this nature. The 2018 function drew in-house representatives from many government and private organisations.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au