find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (1-3 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Join a dynamic Firm · Excellent career growth opportunity
View details
In-house lawyer 1-4 PAE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Leading Brand · Report to a Dynamic Legal Counsel
View details
Renowned law academic passes away

Renowned law academic passes away

One of Australia’s leading scholars of corporate law, Professor Harold Ford (pictured), passed away last week aged 91.

Ford spent almost his entire academic career at the University of Melbourne, where he contributed substantially to corporate law teaching and reform in Australia for more than half a century.

Ford was appointed Professor of Commercial Law at the University in 1962 and served as dean of the Law School from 1967 to 1973.

He was president of the Australasian Universities Law Schools' Association for a year in the mid 1960s and played a key role in the development of the Leo Cussen Institute.

Other initiatives during his time as dean were the creation of the Professional Admission Summer School and preparation of the program for LLM by coursework.

“Neither his keen intellect nor the affection with which he was held dimmed over the years,” said the current dean, Professor Carolyn Evans.

The Law School's major scholarship is named after Ford in recognition of his contribution and the respect in which he was held.

During World War II, Ford attained the rank of Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Australian Navy.

He served on the Manning Committee on Bills of Exchange in the 1960s, while in 1975 he was part of the team that prepared the National Companies Bill. From 1984 to1990 Ford chaired the Companies and Securities Law Review Committee.

He co-authored Ford's Principles of Corporations Law, the most comprehensive and authoritative work on Australian corporate law, which is now in its 15th edition.

In 2000, the Corporate Law Teachers Association conferred the award of First Honorary Life Member on Ford, in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a scholar, educator and reformer.

Justice Kenneth Hayne of the High Court, a former student of Ford, has said in relation to Ford’s research:

“All of his work has been marked by the restless questioning and intellectual rigour of the scholar…it has been the measured, incisive, and above all deeply considered, contribution to the fundamental consideration of principle which has marked his work. Few in Australia have made the contribution to legal scholarship that he has made over the years.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Renowned law academic passes away
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Aug 22 2017
Professionals unite in support of marriage equality
The presidents of representative bodies for solicitors, barristers and doctors in NSW have come toge...
Aug 21 2017
Is your firm on the right track for gig economy gains?
Promoted by Crowd & Co. The way we do business, where we work, how we engage with workers, ev...
Scales of Justice, Victorian County Court, retiring judges
Aug 21 2017
Replacements named for retired Vic judges
Two new judicial officers have been appointed in the Victorian County Court, following the retire...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...