2016 Law Council of Australia Executive

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

At the November Directors’ Meeting of the Law Council, the following Directors were elected as Members of the Law Council Executive for 2016:

President, Stuart Clark AM, Solicitor, New South Wales

Stuart Clark is a partner in Clayton Utz, based in its Sydney office. His practice focuses on class actions, investigations and inquires acting for clients in Australia, the US and Europe. He has been a director of the Law Council of Australia since 2011.

Mr Clark is a graduate of Macquarie University and practised at the New South Wales Bar prior to joining Clayton Utz. He has served in a range of leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner International of Clayton Utz, as a Director of the NSW Legal Aid Commission, Chair of the Large Law Firm Group (now known as Law Firms Australia) and Chair of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance Ltd (AusLSA).

Mr Clark has a strong academic interest in the law, publishing and speaking in Australia and overseas on class actions and complex litigation. He is an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie Law School and a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Law.

Mr Clark was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to the law and the NSW Rural Fire Service. He is married to Narelle and has two sons, one a solicitor and the other a law student. He runs (slowly) in a desperate attempt to stay fit, has a love of early European and Byzantine history and is still a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service after 42 years.

President-elect, Fiona McLeod SC, Barrister, Victoria

Fiona McLeod S.C. practises at the Victorian Bar appearing in trials and appeals in public law, human rights, commercial, constitutional and common law matters. She has practised at the Victorian Bar since 1991 and was appointed senior counsel in 2003.

Ms McLeod is currently the President of the Australian Bar Association and was the Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2013. She has been a Director of the Law Council since 2010 and was elected to the Executive in November 2012. She was the Chair of the Law Council Equalising Opportunities before the Law Committee, the Human Rights Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee, the Finance and Risk Committee and the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers Working Group. She has previously been a President of Australian Women Lawyers.

Ms McLeod holds a number of appointments including as Chair of the Appeals Committee of the College of Surgeons and is a member of the advisory committees of the University of Melbourne and Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. She is a council member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Ms McLeod has been recognised with numerous awards for excellence and leadership, for her work in supporting diversity and equality and her work in pro bono and human rights matters including human trafficking.

Ms McLeod was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2014 and is a recipient of a prestigious inaugural Commonwealth Government Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. She likes to swim, dive and walk in wild places, especially with husband Livio and their two daughters, Lilly and Emily.

Treasurer, Morry Bailes, Solicitor, South Australia

Morry Bailes was the President of the Law Society of South Australia and Law Council of Australia Director in 2014 when he was elected onto the Law Council Executive in November the same year.

Mr Bailes graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and began working at Tindall Gask Bentley in 1987 during his final year of studies. He has been Managing Partner at the firm for 14 years, overseeing its significant expansion in that time, into Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Mr Bailes firm is the largest family law and plaintiff practice in South Australia, also practising in the the areas of succession, workplace and criminal law. His clients include the Police Association of South Australia, the Western Australian Police Union, the Northern Territory Police Association as well as the Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund, the South Australian State School Leaders Association, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the Aboriginal Sobriety Group and the CFS Volunteers Association. Mr Bailes is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and was the 2013 recipient of the Brian Withers award for services to the legal profession in South Australia.

He is married to Melanie and his spare time is spent attempting to catch up to his young sons Hugo and Charlie, reading whenever possible and writing whenever necessary, publishing a regular column about law and law related issues in South Australia.

Member, Arthur Moses SC, Barrister, New South Wales

Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 20 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the State of NSW. He is currently the Senior Vice- President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a director of Law Council since July 2014.

He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial and equity cases.

Mr Moses regularly appears before the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, Full Court of the Federal Court, the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW as well as appellate Courts in other States. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.

Member, Konrad de Kerloy, Solicitor, Western Australia

Konrad de Kerloy was the President of the Law Society of Western Australia and a director of the Law Council of Australia in 2014. He is a senior disputes partner of Herbert Smith Freehills. He specialises in commercial litigation and corporate insolvency. His practice ranges from banking and contractual disputes, and contentious and non-contentious insolvency, to corporate restructuring, professional negligence, and reviews and disputes involving government departments and agencies.

During a law career spanning three decades, Mr de Kerloy has worked on assignments in Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has published numerous articles in legal journals.

Member, Michael Fitzgerald, Solicitor, Queensland

Michael was admitted in 1981 and is president of Queensland Law Society. He has been a member of Council since 2010, and was deputy president in 2014. Michael is the Society’s nominee director to the Law Council of Australia. He is a member of the QLS Council Executive, Audit and Investment Committee and Committee of Management.

Michael is also a consultant for Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) having been with the firm since 1982. His area of expertise is banking and finance law, advising banks, listed companies and statutory corporations. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia Financial Services Committee and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

Michael is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds membership of a number of community organisations including Rotary Club of Kenmore Inc (Past President 2005-2006), Coeliac Queensland (currently Vice President having served for four years as President until September 2015) and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kenmore (member parish finance council).

Attributable to Duncan McConnel, President, Law Council of Australia (2015):

“It has been a tremendous honour to serve as President and a genuine pleasure to work alongside Stuart, Fiona, and Morry this year. I’m extremely glad to see them continuing on executive alongside Arthur, Konrad and Michael.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the contribution Stuart will make to the legal profession as President in 2016.

“We are in an exciting period of change for the profession and this is an excellent executive team for the times.”

Attributable to Stuart Clark, President-elect, Law Council of Australia:

“Duncan has been an outstanding president. Working collaboratively, unselfishly and with enormous commitment, he has been a powerful advocate for the Australian legal profession and the rule of law.

“He has overseen the successful delivery of a range of initiatives across the whole spectrum of the Law Council’s responsibilities.

“He has taken a genuinely pragmatic and constructive mindset into his engagement in the public policy discussion and that’s an example I am sure the 2016 executive will follow.”

2016 Law Council of Australia Executive

At the November Directors’ Meeting of the Law Council, the following Directors were elected as Members of the Law Council Executive for 2016:

President, Stuart Clark AM, Solicitor, New South Wales

Stuart Clark is a partner in Clayton Utz, based in its Sydney office. His practice focuses on class actions, investigations and inquires acting for clients in Australia, the US and Europe. He has been a director of the Law Council of Australia since 2011.

Mr Clark is a graduate of Macquarie University and practised at the New South Wales Bar prior to joining Clayton Utz. He has served in a range of leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner International of Clayton Utz, as a Director of the NSW Legal Aid Commission, Chair of the Large Law Firm Group (now known as Law Firms Australia) and Chair of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance Ltd (AusLSA).

Mr Clark has a strong academic interest in the law, publishing and speaking in Australia and overseas on class actions and complex litigation. He is an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie Law School and a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Law.

Mr Clark was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to the law and the NSW Rural Fire Service. He is married to Narelle and has two sons, one a solicitor and the other a law student. He runs (slowly) in a desperate attempt to stay fit, has a love of early European and Byzantine history and is still a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service after 42 years.

President-elect, Fiona McLeod SC, Barrister, Victoria

Fiona McLeod S.C. practises at the Victorian Bar appearing in trials and appeals in public law, human rights, commercial, constitutional and common law matters. She has practised at the Victorian Bar since 1991 and was appointed senior counsel in 2003.

Ms McLeod is currently the President of the Australian Bar Association and was the Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2013. She has been a Director of the Law Council since 2010 and was elected to the Executive in November 2012. She was the Chair of the Law Council Equalising Opportunities before the Law Committee, the Human Rights Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee, the Finance and Risk Committee and the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers Working Group. She has previously been a President of Australian Women Lawyers.

Ms McLeod holds a number of appointments including as Chair of the Appeals Committee of the College of Surgeons and is a member of the advisory committees of the University of Melbourne and Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University. She is a council member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Ms McLeod has been recognised with numerous awards for excellence and leadership, for her work in supporting diversity and equality and her work in pro bono and human rights matters including human trafficking.

Ms McLeod was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2014 and is a recipient of a prestigious inaugural Commonwealth Government Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. She likes to swim, dive and walk in wild places, especially with husband Livio and their two daughters, Lilly and Emily.

Treasurer, Morry Bailes, Solicitor, South Australia

Morry Bailes was the President of the Law Society of South Australia and Law Council of Australia Director in 2014 when he was elected onto the Law Council Executive in November the same year.

Mr Bailes graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and began working at Tindall Gask Bentley in 1987 during his final year of studies. He has been Managing Partner at the firm for 14 years, overseeing its significant expansion in that time, into Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Mr Bailes firm is the largest family law and plaintiff practice in South Australia, also practising in the the areas of succession, workplace and criminal law. His clients include the Police Association of South Australia, the Western Australian Police Union, the Northern Territory Police Association as well as the Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund, the South Australian State School Leaders Association, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the Aboriginal Sobriety Group and the CFS Volunteers Association. Mr Bailes is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and was the 2013 recipient of the Brian Withers award for services to the legal profession in South Australia.

He is married to Melanie and his spare time is spent attempting to catch up to his young sons Hugo and Charlie, reading whenever possible and writing whenever necessary, publishing a regular column about law and law related issues in South Australia.

Member, Arthur Moses SC, Barrister, New South Wales

Arthur Moses SC has been practising at the NSW Bar for over 20 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the State of NSW. He is currently the Senior Vice- President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a director of Law Council since July 2014.

He practises in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial and equity cases.

Mr Moses regularly appears before the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, Full Court of the Federal Court, the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW as well as appellate Courts in other States. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.

Member, Konrad de Kerloy, Solicitor, Western Australia

Konrad de Kerloy was the President of the Law Society of Western Australia and a director of the Law Council of Australia in 2014. He is a senior disputes partner of Herbert Smith Freehills. He specialises in commercial litigation and corporate insolvency. His practice ranges from banking and contractual disputes, and contentious and non-contentious insolvency, to corporate restructuring, professional negligence, and reviews and disputes involving government departments and agencies.

During a law career spanning three decades, Mr de Kerloy has worked on assignments in Chile, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has published numerous articles in legal journals.

Member, Michael Fitzgerald, Solicitor, Queensland

Michael was admitted in 1981 and is president of Queensland Law Society. He has been a member of Council since 2010, and was deputy president in 2014. Michael is the Society’s nominee director to the Law Council of Australia. He is a member of the QLS Council Executive, Audit and Investment Committee and Committee of Management.

Michael is also a consultant for Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) having been with the firm since 1982. His area of expertise is banking and finance law, advising banks, listed companies and statutory corporations. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia Financial Services Committee and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

Michael is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds membership of a number of community organisations including Rotary Club of Kenmore Inc (Past President 2005-2006), Coeliac Queensland (currently Vice President having served for four years as President until September 2015) and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kenmore (member parish finance council).

Attributable to Duncan McConnel, President, Law Council of Australia (2015):

“It has been a tremendous honour to serve as President and a genuine pleasure to work alongside Stuart, Fiona, and Morry this year. I’m extremely glad to see them continuing on executive alongside Arthur, Konrad and Michael.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the contribution Stuart will make to the legal profession as President in 2016.

“We are in an exciting period of change for the profession and this is an excellent executive team for the times.”

Attributable to Stuart Clark, President-elect, Law Council of Australia:

“Duncan has been an outstanding president. Working collaboratively, unselfishly and with enormous commitment, he has been a powerful advocate for the Australian legal profession and the rule of law.

“He has overseen the successful delivery of a range of initiatives across the whole spectrum of the Law Council’s responsibilities.

“He has taken a genuinely pragmatic and constructive mindset into his engagement in the public policy discussion and that’s an example I am sure the 2016 executive will follow.”