Greg McIntyre SC, 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 a member 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 Advisors Panel, has for several years participated in the Society’s mentoring scheme and is a member the Society’s Aboriginal Incarceration and Justice Reinvestment Working Group. As President, Greg is an ex-officio member of all Society committees.
Nicholas van Hattem, Senior Vice 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.
Rebecca Lee, Junior Vice President & Treasurer
Rebecca Lee is a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers. She practices in commercial litigation, construction law, and resolution of taxation and employment law disputes. Rebecca was admitted to practice in February 1994 and came to the Bar in February 2004.
She has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in pure mathematics, as well as her Bachelor and Master of Laws from The University of Western Australia.
Rebecca Lee’s practice is one of dispute resolution, using advocacy, negotiation and strategy skills.
She has mindfully developed these skills during her working life as an advocate, with more than half her career at the Bar. She has acted as counsel in resolving various commercial conflicts, construction issues, taxation disputes, employment law hearings, and wills and estate matters.
Rebecca applies intellectual rigour, emotional intelligence, integrity and independence to all matters. She also holds a science degree, majoring in pure mathematics, in addition to a Bachelor and Master of Laws.
Believing in ‘lifting as you climb’, Rebecca has served at various times as the President of Australian Women Lawyers, an elected member of the Legal Practice Board, the Western Australian Bar Association, and the Law Society of Western Australia.
Hayley Cormann, Immediate Past President
Hayley has been a Member of the Law Society’s 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.