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BigLaw partner named 2023 WA Law Society president

The Law Society of Western Australia has elected a new president for 2023, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

user iconLauren Croft 14 October 2022 Big Law
BigLaw partner named 2023 WA Law Society president
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After serving on the Law Society’s council since 2018 and recently being vice-president, Ante Golem has been named as the Law Society of Western Australia president for 2023.

Mr Golem is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and is the section head of the firm’s Perth disputes team. He has extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution, with a focus on disputes in the construction, engineering, mining, energy and resources and infrastructure sectors. He specialises in advising clients in respect of construction disputes across a variety of sectors.

Mr Golem also has significant experience in class action litigation and has acted in some of Australia’s largest class action proceedings, in addition to being one of the contributing authors to the leading textbook on class actions in this country.


Commenting on his election, Mr Golem said he was “grateful for the opportunity to continue assisting in the important work of the Law Society” in Western Australia.

“I look forward to working with all my colleagues on [the] council so that we may assist the Law Society to continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to support change in our profession to help foster a culture that embraces diversity, equality, flexibility and inclusion for all current and future members,” he said.

“I further hope to build on the work done to improve awareness and understanding of the importance of supporting health and wellness across the profession, including in relation to mental health issues. During my tenure, I will also assist the Law Society to maintain its commitment to pro bono initiatives, so that our profession continues to play its part in ensuring that the broader community can access the justice system.”

Outgoing Law Society president Rebecca Lee congratulated Mr Golem on his unopposed election.

“Ante has been an outstanding contributor to [the] council for many years, and a supportive colleague and executive. His ‘can-do’ attitude and commitment to positive leadership will ensure the Law Society successfully continues to be the voice of the legal profession,” she said.  

“I look forward to working with Ante and the newly constituted council and executive in 2023 as immediate past president.”