Paul Grant has been appointed as the new president of the Children’s Court of Victoria. Grant, one of the state’s deputy chief magistrates, becomes only the second person to fill the position, following the retirement of the inaugural president, Jennifer Coate, appointed in June 2000. “[Coate was] an exemplary first president, constantly providing outstanding judicial skills, improving administration and acting as a superb representative of the court in legal forums and the wider Victorian community,” said Attorney-General, Rob Hulls.
New president Grant served as a magistrate since 1988, as Deputy Chief Magistrate since 2003 and as Supervising Magistrate for Koori Courts since 2004. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Health Services for Abused Victorian Children Advisory Group, the Victorian Child Death Review Committee, and the former steering committee for the establishment of Aboriginal community justice panels. Grant’ five-year term as head of the Children’s Court starts on 1 May.
Hedy Warren has joined Holding Redlich as a special counsel in the firm’s superannuation and financial services practice. Warren has 15 years experience in fund management and superannuation gained at Deacons where her most recent position was special counsel. At Holding Redlich her clients comprise major industry superannuation funds. Heather Gray, superannuation practice lead partner, said Warren brings in-depth experience to the firm’s growing superannuation and finance practice. “[Warren] has a proven record of being able to come to grips with complex issues and provide sensible and workable solutions backed by sound advice,” she said.
Harwood Andrews Lawyers announced the appointment of Ron Jorgensen as a director of its business law department. Jorgensen consults on federal and state revenue laws and revenue litigation, and advises on business structuring, tax-sensitive commercial transactions and property developments. He has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Tasmania and a Masters of Law in federal taxation from the University of Melbourne. The Harwood Andrews business law team cover all legal aspects of business including advice, document preparation, negotiations, disputes, contracts, tax, legal structures and compliance.