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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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Law Society congratulates Matthew Walton on Magistrates Court appointment

2 December 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Matthew Walton on his appointment as a Magistrate at the Magistrates Court of …

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Amended High Risk Terrorist Offenders Bill strikes better balance between community protection and rule of law

1 December 2016

Amendments to the Federal Government’s new anti-terror laws, that passed the Senate today, strike a better balance in protecting the …

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High Court appointments

29 November 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Honourable Justice Susan Kiefel AC and the Honourable Justice James Edelman on …

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Chief Justice appointment a landmark in Australian history

29 November 2016

The appointment of the Honourable Justice Susan Mary Kiefel AC as the next Chief Justice of the High Court of …

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2017 Law Council of Australia Executive

28 November 2016

At the November Directors’ Meeting of the Law Council of Australia, the following Directors were elected as Members of the …

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Anti-death penalty and human rights advocate Julian McMahon wins Law Council’s President’s Medal

28 November 2016

The Law Council of Australia’s 2016 President’s Medal has been awarded to eminent barrister, anti-death penalty and human rights advocate, …

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Law Society congratulates Dr Adam Tomison on Director General Appointment

23 November 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Dr Adam Tomison on his appointment as Director General of the Department of …

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Law Council: Whistleblower protections a major development that paves the way for further expansion

22 November 2016

New measures within the registered organisations legislation, passed early this morning, will drastically improve whistleblower protections for those within the …

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Law Council: Urgent action needed on Indigenous imprisonment in light of new Productivity Commission report

17 November 2016

The Productivity Commission’s latest ‘Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage’ report has underscored the pressing need for reform to combat catastrophic rates of …

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Passed Counter-Terrorism Bill addresses many Law Council concerns, now time to appoint new INSLM

9 November 2016

A number of concerns expressed by the Law Council of Australia to the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016 …

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Law Society congratulates Joseph McGrath SC on Supreme Court appointment

9 November 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Joseph McGrath SC on his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court …

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Law Council urges Government to adopt key counterterrorism report recommendations

4 November 2016

The Law Council of Australia is urging the Federal Government to adopt key recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on …

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Redress Scheme helps to enable access to justice for survivors of child sexual abuse

4 November 2016

The Council welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement to establish a redress scheme, which is crucial to ensuring that survivors can …

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Huge boost for equality as large firms adopt Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy en masse

4 November 2016

The Law Council of Australia’s National Equitable Briefing Policy today received a major boost, with a large number of the …

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Law Society joins all Australian Law Societies to call on PM to reverse cuts to legal assistance funding

3 November 2016

The Presidents of Australia’s eight law societies, representing more than 60,000 legal practitioners, have called on the Prime Minster to …

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

3 November 2016

In September 2014, Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. released its 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Report of the …

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Law Society supports ALRC inquiry into incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians

27 October 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement that the Commonwealth Government will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission …

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ALRC Indigenous incarceration inquiry a vital step in addressing this national catastrophe

27 October 2016

The Law Council of Australia today threw its support behind the Federal Government’s decision to ask the Australian Law Reform …

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New report calls for national compensation scheme for survivors of slavery and human trafficking

27 October 2016

A new report by the Law Council of Australia and Anti-Slavery Australia at UTS has outlined the case for a …

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Resignation of Solicitor-General

24 October 2016

“Mr Justin Gleeson SC is an eminent barrister. He is a person of the highest integrity and skill,” the President …

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Law Society elects new President for 2017

24 October 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Alain Musikanth has been elected unopposed as President for …

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Crisis in courts, legal aid a focus of Family Law Conference

19 October 2016

More than 1000 family lawyers gathered today in Melbourne for the commencement of the National Family Law Conference. The conference …

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Australia’s largest legal conference honours 40 years of the Family Law Act

19 October 2016

The National Family Law Conference has commenced in Melbourne today with a comprehensive 3-day program featuring distinguished legal experts from …

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2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award winners announced

10 October 2016

27-year-old Adelaide solicitor Natalie Wade has won the Individual 2016 Australian Young Lawyer Award, for her advocacy for equality within …

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Law Society welcomes efforts to reduce Aboriginal incarceration

15 September 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the State Government’s announcement of new legislation that aims to reduce the rate …

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Law Council: Special advocate regime a vital inclusion in new counter-terrorism bill, but further parliamentary scrutiny necessary

15 September 2016

The Law Council of Australia has commended the Government for including a special advocate regime in new counter-terrorism laws introduced …

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Law Council: Flawed mandatory sentencing element undermining important firearm measures

14 September 2016

The Law Council of Australia is warning that the unnecessary inclusion of mandatory sentencing will undermine the credibility of the …

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Law Council to launch national cyber security initiative as cyber threat grows

30 August 2016

The Law Council of Australia will launch a national cyber security information campaign for the legal profession this year, as …

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2016 Murdoch Scholarship for the Most Outstanding Mock Trial Student

26 August 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Daniel Morey from Shenton College who has been awarded the 2016 Murdoch Scholarship for …

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Law Council: Disturbing images from Qld underscore the need to review youth detention Australia-wide

19 August 2016

Reports and images of alleged mistreatment in Townsville’s Cleveland Youth Detention Centre and Brisbane Youth Detention Centre emphasise the pressing …

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Law Council: Caution and safeguards necessary in any move by Australia’s AGs toward nationally consistent post-sentence preventative detention scheme

5 August 2016

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the emphasis on maintaining safeguards in any nationally consistent post-sentence preventative detention scheme, …

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Law Council welcomes Mick Gooda and Margaret White as Royal Commissioners, credits decision by Brian Martin

1 August 2016

The Law Council of Australia has congratulated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and The Hon …

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Law Council offers support for Royal Commission into abuse of children in detention

26 July 2016

Law Council offers support for Royal Commission into abuse of children in detention in the NT, calls for: The Royal …

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Rule of law principles must be protected in any move to hold jailed terrorists past their terms

25 July 2016

The Law Council of Australia is urging the Australian Parliament to proceed cautiously with proposals to introduce new legislation that …

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Law Council: Grave concerns for Turkey following mass removal of judges and calls for retrospective death penalty

22 July 2016

The Law Council of Australia has expressed its grave concern over the removal from duty — without proper process — …

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Law Society welcomes Attorney General’s comments on mandatory sentencing

21 July 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes comments made by the Attorney General, the Hon Michael Mischin MLC, stating his …

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Law Council backs Malaysian Bar Council over attacks on independence

19 July 2016

The Law Council of Australia has thrown its support behind the Malaysian Bar Council, whose independence is currently under threat …

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Law Council congratulates Attorney-General and Justice Minister on their reappointments

18 July 2016

The Law Council of Australia has warmly congratulated Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the Hon Michael Keenan MP …

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Law Council of Australia urges DFAT to redouble efforts with Chinese Government to release detained lawyers

11 July 2016

The Law Council of Australia is urging the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to redouble its efforts with …

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Law Library at the David Malcolm Justice Centre

7 July 2016

From 1 July 2016, the Law Library at the Supreme Court will close its doors and the Department of the …

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Law Society welcomes new judicial appointments

6 July 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Justice Michael Buss, the Hon Justice Robert Mitchell, Raelene Johnston and …

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Law Council gravely concerned by sentencing of Australian woman to death in Vietnam

1 July 2016

On behalf of the Australian legal profession, the Law Council of Australia has expressed its grave concern that a 73-year-old …

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Law Society calls for State Government Action on Strata Reform

1 July 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia has called on the State Government to take immediate action to pass necessary strata …

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Law Society congratulates Katrina Banks-Smith SC on Supreme Court appointment

30 June 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Katrina Banks-Smith SC on her appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court …

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Law Council adopts Equitable Briefing Policy

24 June 2016

The Law Council of Australia has launched a landmark new Equitable Briefing Policy aimed at improving the briefing of women …

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Law Society congratulates appointments to the Judiciary and new Solicitor General

22 June 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Sandra De Maio, Anne Longden, Peter Quinlan SC and Pamela Scott on their …

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Law Society applauds the State Government and Opposition on mandatory sentencing stance

17 June 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes comments in the media by the Minister for Education the Hon Peter Collier …

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Law Society congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients

13 June 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Justice Carmel McLure and the Hon Cheryl Edwardes after they were …

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Law Council launches ‘to-do’ list for incoming Government

10 June 2016

The Law Council of Australia today launched its 2016 Federal Election Policy Platform, which outlines its priorities for a newly-elected …

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Law Society joins Street Banner Project for National Reconciliation Week

27 May 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia is delighted to join the Street Banner Project for National Reconciliation Week 2016. The …

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Law Society joins Legal Aid Matters campaign

16 May 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia has joined with the Law Council of Australia and other Australian Law Societies and Bar …

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45,000 people faced courts alone due to legal aid crisis

16 May 2016

National campaign launched at start of Law Week At least 45,000 Australians have been forced to represent themselves in court, …

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$30m family violence commitment puts dent in legal aid crisis

13 May 2016

The Coalition announcement today that it will provide $30 million for legal assistance services, as part of its National Plan …

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Lawyers to rally over legal aid crisis in election campaign

10 May 2016

With the election in full swing and neither party responding to the legal aid funding crisis, lawyers from across Australia …

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Law Council welcomes appointments to the Federal Courts and the AAT

6 May 2016

The announcement by the Attorney-General of appointees to the Federal Court, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will ensure that …

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Independent counter-terrorism report addresses key concerns of the legal profession

6 May 2016

A report released today by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor has recognised key concerns from the legal profession about …

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Legal profession among winners in Singapore-Australia FTA review

6 May 2016

Australian lawyers and law schools have been rewarded with long-term market access certainty following a review of the Singapore-Australia Free …

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Congratulations to new Commonwealth DPP and Human Rights Commissioners

6 May 2016

The Law Council of Australia applauded the appointment of the new Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as well as …

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Recommendation of strategy for the abolition of the death penalty applauded

6 May 2016

The Law Council of Australia today commended Parliament on adopting its recommendation to develop, fund and implement a whole-of-government Strategy …

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Budget does nothing to address crisis in legal aid

4 May 2016

Legal aid continues to be underfunded to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars following the release of the …

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Cyber Security Strategy a strong step in safeguarding legal profession and their clients’ confidentiality

21 April 2016

The Federal Government’s announcement of a multifaceted, $230 million Cyber Security Strategy is a significant initiative that will strengthen the …

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Law Council calls for mandatory sentencing to be dropped for alcohol-related offences on 25th anniversary of Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission

18 April 2016

The Law Council of Australia will tell a Senate inquiry into the need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence …

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25th anniversary of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

14 April 2016

15 April 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The Royal Commission found …

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Law Week 2016

12 April 2016

Law Week 2016 begins on Monday, 16 May and runs until Friday, 20 May. Law Week provides a chance for …

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Law Society committed to gender equality in the legal profession

1 April 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia reaffirms its commitment to gender equality across the legal profession. The Law Society has …

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Law Council calls on COAG leaders to seize historic opportunity to reduce family violence

1 April 2016

The Law Council of Australia is calling upon the Council of Australian Governments to seize the opportunity for intergovernmental action …

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Presentation of Lotterywest grant certificate to the Law Society of Western Australia

24 March 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia will be formally presented with a grant certificate by Lotterywest next month. The ceremony …

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Self-defence in the criminal law of Western Australia

15 March 2016

In light of recent media reports, it is important to provide clarification on the concept of self-defence, which is well-established …

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Law Society congratulates The Hon Justice Carmel McLure on induction into WA Women’s Hall of Fame

9 March 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia extends its congratulations to The Hon Justice Carmel McLure on her induction into the …

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International Women’s Day 2016 sees legal profession in unprecedented push to improve inclusiveness and diversity

8 March 2016

The Law Council of Australia has taken International Women’s Day to shine a light on the unprecedented push by the …

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Law Council calls for amendments to the Migration Act before Federal election

4 March 2016

The Law Council of Australia’s president-elect, Fiona McLeod SC, has used an address at the 2016 CPD Immigration Law Conference …

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Law Society congratulates Alan Troy on appointment as District Court Judge

2 March 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Alan Troy on his appointment as a Judge of the District Court of …

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Law Society congratulates Rick O’Brien on Family Court appointment

25 February 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Rick O’Brien on his appointment as a Judge of the Family Court of …

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Law Society supports gender equality across the legal profession

24 February 2016

The Law Society sees the promotion of gender equality across the legal profession, including in our State’s Judiciary, as an …

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Law Society calls on Government to replace Supreme Court Judges

23 February 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia is concerned by the Government’s announcement that Justice Ralph Simmonds will not be replaced …

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Law Society welcomes support programme for Aboriginal people in custody

19 February 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the recent announcement by the State Government of a new programme to reduce …

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Committee report on Counter-Terrorism Bill welcome, however concerns remain

16 February 2016

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (PJCIS) report on the Counter-Terrorism Bill 2015 is a welcome step, but …

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Kate Jenkins an ideal candidate for Sex Discrimination Commissioner

12 February 2016

The following statements can be attributed to Stuart Clark AM, President, Law Council of Australia: On behalf of the Australian …

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Law Council regarding reports that a lack of pension access is affecting the retention and recruitment of federal judges

11 February 2016

The following statements can be attributed to Stuart Clark AM, President, Law Council of Australia: It is vital that federal …

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Real efforts to close the gap must prioritise action on Indigenous imprisonment

10 February 2016

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the Prime Minister’s national ‘Close the Gap’ statement, while emphasising that urgent action …

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TPP provisions a boon for the Australian legal profession

4 February 2016

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) noting it contains numerous advantageous …

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Law Society congratulates Michael Gething on appointment as District Court Judge

4 February 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Michael Gething on his appointment as a Judge of the District Court of …

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Law Society calls upon Parliamentarians to tackle legal aid crisis

1 February 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia has announced its support for the National Legal Assistance Funding Campaign, launched today by …

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Law Council welcomes Commonwealth Government’s Commitment to a National Approach for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

29 January 2016

Attributable to Law Council of Australia President Stuart Clark AM: The Law Council of Australia welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s commitment …

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Law Society congratulates new Accredited Family Law Specialists

28 January 2016

The Law Society congratulates Denby Kerr of DCH Legal, Jane Johnson of Kim Wilson & Co and Julia Mansfield of …

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Warning on international scams targeting Law Practices

21 January 2016

Please be aware of international scams  targeting local legal practitioners. In the most recent instance a local firm has been …

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Law Society welcomes appointment of new Magistrate

14 January 2016

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Mr Evan Shackleton on his appointment as a magistrate of the Magistrates Court …

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Law Society welcomes appointments of new Magistrates

9 December 2015

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates barristers and solicitors Brian Mahon and Mark Millington, who have been appointed as …

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The Law Society congratulates the 2015 Senior Counsel appointees

2 December 2015

The Law Society congratulates Mr Paul Yovich and Mr John Blackburn on taking silk. Read the Supreme Court’s media release …

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UN to review Australia’s treatment of Indigenous Australians and asylum seekers

9 November 2015

On Tuesday 10 November Australian Time, Australia’s human rights record will be under the microscope in Geneva as part of …

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Law Society concerned by Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill

21 September 2015

The Law Society of Western Australia is concerned by the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill, which is …

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Latest example of legal aid funding crisis should serve as wake-up call

21 September 2015

A Northern Territory man facing serious assault charges has been denied legal assistance by the local Legal Aid Commission due …

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Law Society concerned by the Criminal Law Amendment (Home Burglary and Other Offences) Bill 2014

16 September 2015

The Law Society of Western Australia is concerned by the passing of the Criminal Law Amendment (Home Burglary and Other …

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Legal profession welcomes Ms Brigitte Markovic as new Federal Court judge

11 August 2015

On behalf of the Australian legal profession, the Law Council of Australia applauds the appointment of Ms Brigitte Markovic as …

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The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Paul Tottle on Supreme Court appointment

22 July 2015

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Paul Tottle on his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of …

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