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 (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Ruddock promotes legal services during India visit

Ruddock promotes legal services during India visit

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Philip Ruddock travelled through India last week, spreading the message of co-operative legal services and harmonised national laws.Speaking before an audience at Delhi…

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Philip Ruddock travelled through India last week, spreading the message of co-operative legal services and harmonised national laws.

Speaking before an audience at Delhi University, Ruddock used similarities between the Australian and Indian federal governments as a basis on which to argue for strengthened bilateral links — and one way to secure those bonds would be through open legal markets.

“The advantages of more open legal markets are obvious. They stimulate international commercial activity and strengthen the international competitiveness of a country’s legal profession,” Ruddock said.

“Commercial lawyers and law firms of India and Australia, as well as the business communities of both countries, all stand to benefit.”

While discussing Australia’s ongoing need to harmonise laws, the A-G raised the nation’s regulation of personal property securities as an example of an ailing system of laws riddled with inefficiency, pointing to more than 70 state, territory and Commonwealth statutes that govern the area.

“The net effect is to limit the benefits of registration because of cross-jurisdictional red tape. The situation is extremely unsatisfactory in a modern national economy and manifestly illogical when set against economic reality,” he said.

The solution lies in consultation with the state and territory Attorneys-General, Ruddock said, with the view of enacting “a single register along the lines of the one that has been operating in New Zealand since 1999”.

Delay in reforming the law will continue to unnecessarily increase costs for business and slow the economy, Ruddock said. It was for this reason, among others, that the A-G flagged the possibility of the states making a specific referral of power to the Commonwealth, to overcome its lack of constitutionally prescribed power for personal property securities.

The A-G’s department has been working with the Joint Australia-India Consultative Committee on Legal Services (JAICCOLS), which Ruddock said is backed by the Bar Council of India and the Minister of Commerce and Industry. Both the president and the secretary of the Bar Council of India were extended an invitation on behalf of Tim Bugg, president of the Law Council of Australia, to attend the Australian Legal Convention in Sydney in March.

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

Ruddock promotes legal services during India visit
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
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'...
opinion
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...
Help
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 & ...