The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Peter Quinlan SC on his appointment as the 14th Chief Justice of Western Australia

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia commends the Attorney General’s announcement today that Mr Peter Quinlan SC will be the 14th Chief Justice of Western Australia.  Mr Quinlan SC is currently the Solicitor-General for Western Australia and a member of the Law Society. Prior to his appointment in July 2016, Mr Quinlan practised […]

The Law Society welcomes introduction of targets for briefing female barristers by Commonwealth agencies

Monday, 2 July 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that all Commonwealth agencies will be set specific targets to brief senior and junior female barristers from 1 July 2018. The Commonwealth Government has announced that amendments have been made to the Legal Services Directions, by which all Commonwealth entities are bound. The […]

The Law Society welcomes State Government decision to keep Landgate in public hands

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government that it has rejected the sale of Landgate, opting instead to commercialise a restricted part of Landgate’s automated functions. The State Government has confirmed it will “retain ownership and oversight of the land titles register, and Landgate itself […]

The Law Society Partners with Edith Cowan University to Survey Lawyers’ Cyber Security Practices

The Law Society of Western Australia has partnered with Edith Cowan University on research into the cyber security practices of lawyers. Professor Craig Valli, Associate Professor Mike Johnstone and Ms Rochelle Fleming from Edith Cowan University’s Security Research Institute (ECUSRI) surveyed 122 Law Society members on their cyber security practices. The findings revealed: 11 percent […]

Law Council Applauds Recommendation to Repeal ASIO’s Detention Power

Law Council of Australia

The Law Council of Australia has thrown its full support behind recommendations by the powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to repeal ASIO’s detention power and revise its questioning power. “The Law Council has long argued that the current ASIO questioning and detention powers fail to strike the right balance between protecting the community while upholding the […]

Law Society President Marks International Women’s Day with Keynote Address

Thursday, 8 March 2018 Hayley Cormann, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, addressed friends and alumni today at an event marking International Women’s Day at the University of Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus. Mrs Cormann, a Notre Dame graduate, took the opportunity to reflect on the challenges women continue to face in society and […]

The Law Society Congratulates New Children’s Court President

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Her Honour Judge Julie Wager, whose appointment as the new President of the Children’s Court of Western Australia has been announced today. Judge Wager’s appointment will take effect on 15 March 2018, following the retirement of Judge Denis Reynolds, who has held the position […]

New Appointments to District and Supreme Courts

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees: District Court Judge Anthony Derrick SC has been appointed a justice of the Supreme Court; and Amanda Burrows SC, Consultant State Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for WA and barrister John Prior of Francis Burt Chambers have […]

The Law Society congratulates new judicial appointees

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

Thursday, 1 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees, as announced by the Attorney General today: Wendy Gillan, as a judge of the District Court of Western Australia; Gail Sutherland, as a judge of the Family Court of Western Australia; and Leonie Forrest, as acting magistrate of the Family […]