Perth-based silk elected as new Law Council president
A new executive was named for the Law Council of Australia last weekend, with a Western Australian senior counsel being appointed as the organisation’s president for 2024.
Greg McIntyre SC was elected as the new president of the Law Council of Australia, at the advocacy association’s December directors’ meeting in Canberra over the weekend of 2–3 December.
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Mr McIntyre was admitted to practice in 1976 and has worked as a barrister since 1993. He took silk in 2002.
He is the head of chambers at Michael Kirby Chambers in Perth, is the senior vice-president of the International Commission of Jurists, a Western Australian patron for the Justice Reform Initiative, and board chair of Law Access Limited. He was the president of the Law Society of Western Australia in 2019 and served as the treasurer for LCA in 2022.
Mr McIntyre takes over from MurphySchmidt Solicitors principal Luke Murphy, who has served as president over the course of 2023. He thanked his predecessor for his service and noted that he is looking forward to building on the strong outcomes and foundations of Mr Murphy’s term.
The other 2024 executive members appointed are Juliana Warner (president-elect); Tania Wolff (treasurer); Elizabeth Carroll, Elizabeth Shearer, and Lachlan Molesworth (executive members).
Reflecting on his tenure, Mr Murphy said that it was an honour to serve as president during the LCA’s 90th anniversary year.
“Ninety years on, the role of the Law Council in agitating for change that is in the interests of our profession and the Australian community remains as important as ever. I welcome the election of the new executive who will lead this vital work in the coming year,” he said.
“Led by incoming president, Greg McIntyre, the 2024 executive will continue to defend the rule of law and promote access to justice for all.
“During the past 12 months, the Law Council has engaged with the Commonwealth on major issues, policy, and proposed legislation.
“These have included reforms to the family law system and privacy laws, advocating for funding for our much-needed and appreciated legal assistance services, national security, and elder abuse.
“I am exceptionally proud of the work the Law Council did, with the support of its Sections, Committees, and Constituent Bodies, regarding the Voice to Parliament. We developed a Guide and series of information sheets to provide accurate and informed material for both the legal profession and the Australian public to help them understand the proposed amendment and its implications. The Law Council also provided input to the Parliament regarding the grounds constituting the case for a constitutionally enshrined Voice.
“I would like to thank the Law Council Executive, Council, and Secretariat and the members of the profession who have been central to us being able to examine and respond to the significant volume and variety of issues we have tackled this year.”