Jocelyne Boujos, President

Jocelyne is the Principal of Boujos Legal 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.

Rebecca Lee, Senior Vice President

Rebecca Lee practices at Francis Burt Chambers, using advocacy, negotiation and strategy skills.  As counsel, she acts in areas as diverse as construction, taxation, employment law and wills & estates.  She holds a BSc (pure mathematics), LLB and LLM from UWA.  Admitted in 1994, Rebecca moved to the Bar in 2004, winning the inaugural Chief Justice’s Prize, WABA’s Bar Readers’ Course.  In March 2016, she was Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year (WLWA).

Believing in ‘lifting as you climb’, Rebecca has served 2 years as Junior Vice-President and Treasurer of The Law Society of Western Australia; two years as a Councillor; one year on WABA’s Council, three years on the Legal Practice Board of WA; as a Past President of Australian Women Lawyers and WLWA; and for three years as editor of Brief.  In 2011, Rebecca attended the Harvard Negotiation Institute, and in 2016 undertook Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program.

Shayla Strapps, Junior Vice President & Treasurer

Shayla Strapps is CEO and Director of Ruah Legal Services and Mental Health Law Centre. She has 17 years of experience representing disadvantaged groups in our community.

She is passionate about access to justice and ensuring everyone can access quality legal services. Shayla has experience across criminal, family and administrative law and in 2011 established the Judicial Review Project which helped thousands of refugees access pro bono legal assistance in partnership with the WA Bar and Federal Court.

In 2011 Shayla was awarded the Law Society “Lawyer of the Year” award. Shayla has also served as an independent Arbitrator at Workcover WA.

Shayla has significant Director and Board experience on a range of not for profit Boards. She currently serves as a Director for Law Access and has been an Ordinary Council member since 2018. Shayla also mentors junior members of the profession in remote and regional WA.

Nicholas van Hattem, Immediate Past President

Nicholas van Hattem is a barrister with experience in commercial, government and criminal law matters, practising from Francis Burt Chambers.

Nick began his career in 2008 as associate to the Hon Justice Miller before taking articles with Freehills in 2009. His practice as a solicitor included in-house roles in banking and mining and a year with the Aboriginal Legal Service practicing in human rights, civil and criminal law.

In 2013 Nick joined the State Solicitor’s Office. He was engaged in a broad range of counsel work, appearing in the Magistrates, Coroner’s, District, and Supreme Courts, State Administrative Tribunal, WA Industrial Relations Commission and Liquor Commission. Nick has trial and appellate experience as counsel.

In 2017 he was reclassified as Assistant State Solicitor and seconded to WA Police where he acted as an advisor and counsel.

Nick has particular experience with commercial disputes involving government agencies and regulatory prosecutions – particularly environmental, occupational safety and health and mining.