SA Legal Services Commission appoints new chief counsel, legal information and advice manager
South Australia’s largest legal assistance organisation has appointed a new chief counsel, as well as a new manager for its legal information and advice division.
Jeff Powell has been appointed as the new chief counsel of the South Australian Legal Services Commission, bringing “significant” legal practice and counsel expertise, the organisation said.
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He has practised at the independent Bar since 2006 and also served at the Director of Public Prosecutions and Crown Solicitor’s Office. He brings, Legal Services Commission detailed, experience in the conduct of complex criminal trials in the district and supreme courts of South Australia and has also appeared in all magistrates courts, the Family Court, the SAET, and in environmental harm prosecutions.
Mr Powell’s appointment follows the retirement of Greg Mead SC in December, after 37 years of “exemplary service”, the organisation noted in a statement.
Elsewhere, Tania Sulan has been named as the new manager of the legal information and advice division at the Legal Services Commission.
She brings, the organisation detailed, “extensive” legal practice, leadership and management and business transformation expertise and experience, along with a passion for community, service, and social justice outcomes. She is currently a volunteer committee member and chair of JusticeNet SA.
Both commenced in their new roles on 1 February.
Speaking about the new appointments, Legal Services chief legal officer Lucinda Byers said: “Jeff Powell is a highly experienced and respected member of the independent Bar and has demonstrated a strong commitment to training and mentoring Bar readers, having been an instructor in the criminal advocacy program of the SA Bar Readers Course since 2018. We are thrilled to have someone of his calibre join Legal Services.”
“Beyond her passion for social justice, Tania has proven experience in managing an international litigation funding company, most recently as managing director, transformation, including oversight of the class action client liaison team. We are excited for Tania to join us in this critical role at Legal Services to take our legal information and advice division to the next level.”
Ms Byers added: “Greg Mead made a significant contribution to Legal Services, and to the criminal justice system in this state, over a long period of time, and his knowledge, expertise and guidance of our lawyers during his 37 years with Legal Services will be sorely missed.”