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
Real Estate & Projects Lawyer (6+ years PAE)
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Top tier firm with offices nationally · High profile clients
View details
New LCA president outlines agenda

New LCA president outlines agenda

The new president of the Law Council of Australia has outlined her ambitions for 2012.

Catherine Gale, who succeeds Alexander Ward in the role, has put national profession reform high on her list of priority issues, which also include improving practice rights for Australian lawyers in Asia and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Gale, the director of Resolve Conflict Lawyers and Mediators in Melbourne, is the Law Council's 60th president.

"The Australian legal profession is a dynamic and constantly evolving industry and I am eager to play a role in advancing the profession both nationally and internationally," said Gale.

Gale said national profession reform, which will be introduced later this year, will create a "single, uniform Legal Profession Act which will allow seamless national practice and benefit both lawyers and consumers of legal services".

Given Australia's strong ties to the Asian region, she said she is also keen to improve practice rights for the Australian legal profession in foreign markets.

"This work will involve ... improving coordination on international priorities with government and with the Law Council's constituent bodies," Gale said.

As a collaborative practitioner herself, Gale views ADR as another vital issue affecting the profession.

"I will work towards furthering the Law Council's policy in this area to encourage the development of flexible practices to allow quick and easy resolution of litigation and disputes through alternative measures including mediation, collaboration, arbitration, early neutral evaluation and conciliation," she said.

Gale also listed access to justice, recruitment and retention of lawyers in Australia, and anti-discrimination policies as further areas of importance for the Council.

Gale paid tribute to Ward for leaving the Council in "particularly good standing" and for achieving "a number of significant milestones during his tenure, including the launch of the Law Council's Reconciliation Action Plan and the launch of the RRP Law Program".

Other members of the LCA elected executive for 2012 include Joe Catanzariti as president-elect and Michal Colbran QC as treasurer. Duncan McConnel, Leanne Topfer and the NSW Law Society's immediate past president, Stuart Westgarth, also resume roles as executive members.

State law societies have also welcomed their new presidents for 2012.

Justin Dowd takes up the presidency at the Law Society of NSW; Michael Holcroft for the Law Institute of Victoria; Dr Christopher Kendall for Western Australia's Law Society; Frank Moore in Tasmania; Noor Blumer in the Australian Capital Territory; Peggy Cheong in the Northern Territory; John de Groot in Queensland; and Ralph Bönig will remain president of the Law Society of South Australia this year.ll remain president of the Law Society of South Australia this year.New LCA president outlines agenda

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

New LCA president outlines agenda
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
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 & ...