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Exclusive: LCA president-elect revealed

Exclusive: LCA president-elect revealed

Fiona Mcleod

The Law Council of Australia has chosen a high-profile barrister as its new president-elect for 2016.

Fiona McLeod SC has confirmed to Lawyers Weekly that she will take on the role next year, with current president-elect Stuart Clark assuming the presidency.

Ms McLeod SC currently serves as treasurer at the LCA as well as president of the Australian Bar Association.

Having gone to the Bar in 1991 and taken silk in 2003, Ms McLeod SC specialises in administrative and public law, human rights, commercial and common law.

She advised and represented the Commonwealth on enquiries into some of Australia's worst natural disasters, including the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry in 2011-12 and the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in 2009-10.

She has also been recognised for her commitment to human rights and equality, previously serving as the Chair of the Law Council Equalising Opportunities before the Law Committee, the Human Rights Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee and the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers Working Group and as President of Australian Women Lawyers.

When she takes on the presidency in 2017, she will be the fourth woman to hold the role in the organisation's 84-year history.

Ms McLeod SC was unopposed in running for the position. Other election results will be revealed at a Law Council of Australia dinner this Saturday.

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