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New team appointed to lead Legal Services Council

A new team of high-profile lawyers has been appointed to lead a body that regulates lawyers in both NSW and Victoria.

user iconNaomi Neilson 28 October 2020 Big Law
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NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman and Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy have welcomed the appointments of high-profile lawyers to the Legal Services Council, including new chairperson Alan Cameron AO. 

Joining the current head NSW Law Reform Commission are Noel Hutley SC, Murray Baird, Elizabeth Harris and Juliana Warner. 

Ms Hennessy said the appointments would build on achievements from past members and continue the work of monitoring the operation of the Legal Profession Uniform Law

 
 

“The Legal Services Council does a crucial job in regulating the legal industry while it increases protections for consumers,” Ms Hennessy said. “This approach creates a single system to oversee legal practice, cutting red tape for lawyers and therefore benefitting those who rely on lawyers to safeguard their interests.”

Mr Cameron said his appointment was a great honour and that he looks forward to maintaining public confidence in the profession: “I look forward to working with the profession to maintain its high standards and to enhance its reputation.”

Mr Speakman thanked the inaugural members for their contributions, including outgoing chairman the Honourable Michael Black AC QC. He said the council worked hard to build the foundations for a national legal system since lawyers in both states started operating from the same “rule book”. 

“The work of the Council has benefited consumers by requiring high standards in the profession, including professional conduct and legal costs,” Mr Speakman said.  

The Western Australian government has introduced legislation in its Parliament to give effect to an intergovernmental agreement that it has signed to join the scheme. Its representation on the council will be progressed once it officially joins.

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