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2020 Law Society Council

15 November 2019

Friday, 15 November 2019 Voting in the election of the Law Society Council for 2020 closed on 13 November. Click …

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New Federal Agreement Must Increase Legal Assistance Funding and Protect Indigenous Legal Assistance

1 November 2019

Friday, 1 November 2019 The Commonwealth and State Governments must use upcoming negotiations to urgently address the crisis in legal …

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Law Society Welcomes Increase to Payroll Tax Threshold

31 October 2019

Thursday, 31 October 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government that it will …

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2020 Law Society Council – Meet the Nominees

28 October 2019

Friday, 25 October 2019 Nominations for election to the 2020 Law Society Council closed on Wednesday, 16 October. Congratulations once …

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2020 Law Society President Elected

17 October 2019

Thursday, 17 October 2019 Nicholas van Hattem has been declared elected as the Law Society of Western Australia’s President for …

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Law Council of Australia: Gains being made though gender gap in barrister briefings remains, report finds

11 October 2019

11 October 2019 Female barristers are starting to receive more briefs and are more often recommended for work by their …

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Joint Statement: Law Society and Law Council Welcome Reforms to Fines Enforcement Regime

26 September 2019

Thursday, 26 September 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia and the Law Council of Australia have welcomed the announcement …

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Aboriginal Youth Voice Gets the Go Ahead!

19 September 2019

  Thursday, 19 September 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to announce that through its Lore / …

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R U OK? Day – President’s Message

12 September 2019

                Thursday, 12 September 2019 is R U OK? Day, a national day …

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2019 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture: Climate Change – Political and Legal Accountability

2 August 2019

Friday, 2 August 2019 The 2019 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture will explore significant issues related to climate change, including the Commonwealth Government’s current …

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Law Society Welcomes New Network of Legal Aid Virtual Offices

4 July 2019

Thursday, 4 July 2019 The Law Society welcomes an announcement by the Hon John Quigley MLA, Attorney General of Western …

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Law Society Supports CCIWA Campaign to Cut Payroll Tax

26 June 2019

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia has joined other peak WA industry groups in supporting the campaign of the …

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Report Finds Women Make Up Majority of Australian Legal Profession

19 June 2019

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 A new report has found that women outnumber men in the Australian legal profession. The 2018 …

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The Law Society of Western Australia Supports Justice Reinvestment

5 June 2019

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes recent statements by the Attorney General the Hon John …

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New Judicial Appointments

11 April 2019

Thursday, 11 April 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Jennifer Hill and the Hon Justice John Vaughan, who …

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The Law Society Congratulates Ben Gauntlett on Appointment as Disability Discrimination Commissioner

5 April 2019

Friday, 5 April 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Ben Gauntlett, following his appointment as Disability Discrimination Commissioner. The Law Society …

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Law Society Congratulates Justice Janine Pritchard on State Administrative Tribunal Appointment

3 April 2019

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Supreme Court Justice Janine Pritchard, who has been appointed President of the …

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Western Australia to Adopt Legal Profession Uniform Law

28 February 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement today by the Attorney General, the Hon John …

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Customary Law

25 January 2019

Friday, 25 January 2019 In a recent article in The West Australian, Josie Farrer MLA addressed the issue of customary …

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Law Society’s Lore Law Project Awarded State Government Grant

24 January 2019

Thursday, 24 January 2019 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement that its Lore Law Project has been recognised by the State …

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Joint statement: Law Council of Australia and Law Society of Western Australia regarding imprisonment for unpaid fines

10 January 2019

8 January 2019 The Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia urge the Western Australian government …

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Law Society Welcomes Amendment to WA Redress Legislation

27 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the decision by the State Government to agree to …

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Law Society Supports Amendment to Redress Bill for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

22 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia has expressed its support for a proposed amendment to the …

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Greg McIntyre SC Elected Law Society President for 2019

22 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018 Current Law Society of Western Australia Senior Vice President Greg McIntyre SC has been elected President …

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Law Society Council Election Results

22 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018 Voting closed on 21 November 2018 in the election of the Law Society’s 2019 Council. The …

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Senior Counsel appointees

13 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates each of the candidates appointed Senior Counsel, as announced …

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The Law Society of Western Australia’s Old Court House Law Museum Awarded Community Heritage Grant

9 November 2018

Friday, 9 November 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia is delighted to announce that its Old Court House Law …

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Vote for your 2019 Law Society Council

30 October 2018

Nominations for election to the 2019 Law Society Council closed on Wednesday, 17 October. To view the nominees (with their …

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Elections to Law Society’s 2019 Council – Nominations Now Closed

15 October 2018

Nominations for election to the Law Society’s 2019 Council are now closed.

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The Law Society welcomes appointment of Justice Joseph McGrath to Aged Care Royal Commission

9 October 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement today by the Federal Government that the …

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The Law Society Congratulates Joshua Thomson SC on Solicitor General Appointment

4 October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018 The Law Society congratulates Joshua Thomson SC on his appointment as Solicitor General of Western Australia. …

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The Law Society welcomes legislation to implement scheme for the expungement of historical homosexual convictions

12 September 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the passage of legislation through State Parliament that will …

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The Law Society congratulates Justice Janine Pritchard and Magistrate Paul Glass on judicial appointments

12 September 2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Justice Janine Pritchard, who has been appointed …

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The Law Society of Western Australia calls on the McGowan Government to reverse unfair budget cuts to its school education programme

6 September 2018

Thursday, 6 September 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia calls on the State Government to reverse its more than …

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The Law Society commends the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys following State Administrative Tribunal announcement

5 September 2018

The Law Society of Western Australia commends the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys, following today’s announcement by the Hon Chief Justice …

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Justice Project Final Report Released: ‘Justice Impact Tests’ Among Landmark Recommendations

23 August 2018

Thursday, 23 August 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia, as a constituent member of the Law Council of Australia, …

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

1 August 2018

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia commends the Attorney General’s announcement today that Mr Peter Quinlan SC will …

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

2 July 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that all Commonwealth agencies will be set specific …

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

27 June 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government that it has …

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Family and Federal Circuit Court Reform Details Awaited

6 June 2018

The Law Council was interested to learn of the Australian Government’s plans to amalgamate the Federal Circuit Court of Australia …

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

22 May 2018

The Law Society of Western Australia has partnered with Edith Cowan University on research into the cyber security practices of …

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Law Council Applauds Recommendation to Repeal ASIO’s Detention Power

10 May 2018

The Law Council of Australia has thrown its full support behind recommendations by the powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security …

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The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia Announces Retirement

26 March 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018 The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia has today announced he will be …

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

8 March 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018 Hayley Cormann, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, addressed friends and alumni today at …

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The Law Society Congratulates New Children’s Court President

28 February 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Her Honour Judge Julie Wager, whose appointment as the …

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New Appointments to District and Supreme Courts

28 February 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees: District Court Judge Anthony Derrick …

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The Law Society congratulates new judicial appointees

1 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees, as announced by the Attorney …

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The Law Society congratulates the Hon Christian Porter MP on appointment as Attorney General of Australia

19 December 2017

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Christian Porter MP on his appointment as …

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates new Federal Court judges

14 December 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Honourable Justice Katrina Banks-Smith and Mr Craig Colvin …

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Law Society congratulates new District Court judges

6 December 2017

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Ms Fiona Vernon, Mr Hylton Quail and Ms Kate Glancy on their …

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Law Society congratulates new Senior Counsel

29 November 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Mr Stephen Wright, Ms Amanda Burrows and Mr Simon …

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The Law Society elects President for 2018

20 October 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Hayley Cormann, who was elected unopposed as the Law Society’s President for 2018. …

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The Law Society congratulates His Honour Judge David Parry on re-appointment as a Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal

15 September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates His Honour Judge David Parry on his re-appointment as …

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The Law Society congratulates Ms Belinda Lonsdale on appointment as a Judge of the District Court

15 September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Ms Belinda Lonsdale on her appointment as a Judge …

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The Law Society congratulates the Hon Jane Crisford SC on appointment as chair of the Legal Aid Commission of WA

19 July 2017

19 July 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Jane Crisford SC on her appointment as chair …

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Law Council: Recommendations for a National Compensation Scheme for victims of slavery should be swiftly accepted

18 July 2017

18 July 2017 The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s recommendation for a National Compensation Scheme for victims of trafficking …

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Law Council: Referendum Council report a historic milestone, momentum should not be lost on path to reform

18 July 2017

18 July 2017 The Australian legal profession, represented by the Law Council, is calling on the Federal Parliament to ensure …

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Law Society welcomes restoration of funding for Employment Law Centre

29 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement by the State Government today that funding …

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The Law Society congratulates the Hon Robert French AC on appointment as UWA Chancellor

21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Robert French AC on his appointment as …

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Legal profession warmly welcomes Professor Rosalind Croucher as AHRC President

20 June 2017

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the appointment of Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM as the next President of …

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Legal profession sets out core principles and commitments on human rights, as international spotlight shines on nation

16 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017 The Law Council today launched its Policy Statement on Human Rights and the Legal Profession, laying …

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Recommendations in new elder abuse report should trigger decisive Government action

15 June 2017

A new incident response scheme for aged care should be introduced, and many of the other key recommendations of the …

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Proposed new powers over AAT on citizenship decisions risks undermining vital checks and balances

15 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017 The expansion of the Immigration Minister’s power to overrule independent citizenship decisions made by the AAT …

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Political attacks on the courts a very worrying trend

13 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 The Law Council, speaking on behalf of the Australian legal profession, is calling for an end …

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COAG must prioritise risk assessment tools used for parole and bail

9 June 2017

Friday, 9 June 2017 The Law Council of Australia today called on COAG to give high priority to developing superior …

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Law Society congratulates Gail Archer SC on Supreme Court appointment

29 May 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Gail Archer SC on her appointment as a Judge …

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Reconciliation can be advanced by constitutional change

26 May 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017 On the eve of National Reconciliation Week, the Law Council of Australia has released its submission to …

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Law Society congratulates the Hon Justice Beech on Court of Appeal appointment

25 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Justice Andrew Beech on his appointment as …

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Law Council recommends reform to continuing detention order, control order regimes

19 May 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017 Representatives of the Law Council of Australia have appeared before the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor …

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2017 Lawyer of the Year Awards

19 May 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Simon Creek, Nicholas van Hattem and Krista McMeeken, winners of the 2017 …

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Law Society congratulates winners of the Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards

15 May 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Sam Vandongen SC and HHG Legal Group, winners of the Attorney General’s Community …

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Budget shows Government is listening to legal profession, but more work needed to end justice funding crisis

11 May 2017

Vital new funding for the federal courts, along with the reversal of cuts to community legal centres (CLCs) and Aboriginal …

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Law Week 2017

28 April 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to present its annual Law Week which will, in 2017, run from …

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Law Council says stronger whistleblower protections are needed

28 April 2017

The Law Council of Australia has today told a Senate hearing that whistleblowers protections are inconsistent and should be strengthened. …

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Law Society supports action of the State Attorney General to address legal assistance funding to community legal centres

26 April 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Attorney General, John Quigley to provide community legal …

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Law Society welcomes cancellation of proposed cuts to legal assistance funding

24 April 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government that it will restore funding to community …

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Law Society congratulates Amanda Forrester SC on appointment as Director of Public Prosecutions

6 April 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia warmly congratulates Amanda Forrester SC on her appointment as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) …

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Senate’s powerful message on justice funding crisis should be heeded ahead of Budget

29 March 2017

On the second last sitting day prior to the Federal Budget, the Senate has passed a historic motion calling for …

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Law Society Celebrates 180th Anniversary of the Old Court House

23 March 2017

On Friday, 24 March 2017, the Law Society of Western Australia celebrates a significant milestone for the City of Perth’s …

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Australia’s legal assistance sector facing Federal Budget disaster, and pro bono cannot plug the gap

23 March 2017

The average Australian lawyer is contributing a full week of work every year for free, but even this is insufficient …

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Bendigo’s Tayla Anderson awarded John Koowarta Indigenous Scholarship

20 March 2017

Bendigo law student Tayla Anderson has been awarded the Law Council of Australia’s 2017 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship. The …

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The Justice Project to uncover systemic flaws

10 March 2017

The Law Council has announced that it is conducting a comprehensive national review into the impediments to justice in Australia, …

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Unconscious bias training now available to all Australian lawyers

8 March 2017

In a national first, a customised unconscious bias training program aimed specifically at the legal profession is now accessible from …

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President’s Welcome to Law Summer School 2017

1 March 2017

Welcome by Alain Musikanth, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, at the Opening of Law Summer School 2017, …

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Law Society calls upon candidates to pledge their support for legal assistance

28 February 2017

The Law Society of Western Australia is calling upon all candidates in the upcoming State election to make a public …

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Law Council welcomes appointment of Dr James Renwick SC to vital security watchdog role

27 February 2017

The Law Council of Australia has applauded the appointment of prominent jurist Dr James Renwick SC as Australia’s acting Independent …

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Legal profession launching unprecedented national initiative to counter unconscious bias

20 February 2017

The Law Council of Australia is launching a major new program to help lawyers understand and address unconscious bias. The …

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill report strikes balance between freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination

16 February 2017

The Law Council today said the consensus Parliamentary report into the Government’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill strikes a good balance between …

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Mandatory sentencing undermining firearms trafficking bill

13 February 2017

Including mandatory sentencing in the Federal Government’s firearms trafficking bill could lead to unjust punishments and unintended consequences. The Criminal …

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Australia takes historic step to help prevent torture

9 February 2017

Australia has taken a positive and historic step today in the campaign to end torture, through the announcement by the …

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Response to Consultation Paper: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Regime

8 February 2017

In October 2016, the Law Society was informed by the Law Council of Australia that the Federal Government had embarked …

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National Security Watchdog Recommends Repeal of ASIO Questioning and Detention Powers

8 February 2017

The Australian legal profession is calling on the Federal Government to adopt key recommendations of the Independent National Security Legislation …

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Australia’s contribution to the Abolition of the Death Penalty Symposium

8 February 2017

On 3 February 2017, the Law Council convened a national Symposium in Melbourne to discuss how government, the legal profession …

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Law Council mourns passing of former Secretary-General Bill Grant

23 January 2017

The Law Council of Australia is mourning the passing of its former Secretary-General, William (Bill) Grant OAM. Mr Grant served …

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Law Council backs amendments to help bring slavery out of the shadows

20 January 2017

Amendments aimed at strengthening the nation’s criminal justice legislative response to human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like offences are strongly supported …

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Law Society welcomes State Government commitment to Armadale justice complex

20 December 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Government that it will commit $86 million to …

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Appointment of new Solicitor-General

15 December 2016

“Dr Stephen P Donaghue QC is an eminently qualified barrister who will fulfil the role of the Solicitor-General of the …

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Campaign to strengthen legal profession’s defence against cyber threats launched

14 December 2016

Cyber Precedent, a new information campaign by the Law Council of Australia to assist the legal profession further defend itself …

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Recommendations for reform of elder abuse laws need serious consideration

12 December 2016

The Federal Government should give close attention to a number of recommendations made by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) …

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Senior Counsel Appointments

6 December 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Mr Darren Jackson, Ms Carmel Barbagallo and Ms Amanda Forrester on their appointments …

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