The Law Society Congratulates John Vaughan SC on Supreme Court Appointment

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

Thursday, 12 April 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates John Vaughan SC, who has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The appointment was announced today by the Attorney General, the Hon John Quigley MLA and is effective from 30 April 2018. The appointment of Mr Vaughan fills […]

President’s Report – December 2017

In February, I outlined some of the matters on which the Law Society planned to focus this year. In this my final column, I provide an overview of how those matters have progressed so far. In doing so, I will once again refer to the core objects of the Society adopted in 1927, and still […]

Law Society website unavailable 26-27 November

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Please be advised that the Law Society’s website will be unavailable from late on the night of Sunday, 26 November until mid-morning on Monday, 27 November. This downtime is due to the Law Society’s website host performing upgrades to their hardware. Thank you for your understanding.

President’s Report – November 2017

Future of the legal profession In his 2013 work, Tomorrow’s Lawyers i , Richard Susskind predicted that the legal world would change “more radically over the next two decades” than “over the last two centuries”. Alive to that prediction, and as noted in this column in the July edition of Brief, the Law Society adopted […]

President’s Welcome to Law Summer School 2017

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Welcome by Alain Musikanth, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, at the Opening of Law Summer School 2017, The University Club, Friday, 17 February 2017 Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Law Summer School 2017. I would like to begin by respectfully acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we [...]

Mandatory sentencing undermining firearms trafficking bill

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

Including mandatory sentencing in the Federal Government’s firearms trafficking bill could lead to unjust punishments and unintended consequences. The Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2016, being debated in the Senate today, includes a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for those found guilty of trafficking illegal firearms. The Law Council of Australia is […]

Law Society response to the Women Lawyers of Western Australia’s 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce Review

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In September 2014, Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. released its 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Report of the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on Gender Bias (known as the 2014 Gender Bias Review Report or GBRR). Chapter 2 of the GBRR deals with ‘Career Paths for Women in the Legal Profession’. It contains a total […]

2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award winners announced

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27-year-old Adelaide solicitor Natalie Wade has won the Individual 2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award, for her advocacy for equality within the legal profession and more broadly. Ms Wade works as a solicitor in the Child Protection System Royal Commission, with a focus on children with a disability and their vulnerabilities within the State Care System. […]

Law Council: Flawed mandatory sentencing element undermining important firearm measures

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The Law Council of Australia is warning that the unnecessary inclusion of mandatory sentencing will undermine the credibility of the Federal Government’s new firearms trafficking bill. Law Council of Australia President, Stuart Clark AM, said mandatory sentencing was counterproductive and could lead to unintended consequences and unjust punishments. “It is an important and worthy objective […]