About Society Committees

Information about Law Society of Tasmania committees, the benefits of getting involved, and a list of Society committees can be found below.

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Currently meets biennially and on an ad hoc basis as required (see Terms of Reference).

The Continuing Professional Development Committee assesses and evaluates the Mandatory CPD Scheme and the Law Society’s CPD program, reporting and making recommendations to Council.

  • Trevor McKenna – Ogilvie Jennings (Chair)
  • Carey Higgins – Land Titles Office
  • Robert Hudson – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Helen Bassett – Walsh Day James Mihal

Currently meets very two months.

Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2018

  • Ian Arendt – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions  (Chair)
  • Cameron Scott – Barrister
  • Dinesh Loganathan – Logan & Partners
  • James Crotty – Crotty Legal
  • Peter Slipper – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Hugo Aston – Barclay Churchill Family and Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd
  • Caroline Graves – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Bryce Lewis – Commonwealth Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Currently meets monthly. Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2021

  • Alison Wiss – McMullen Lawyers (Chair)
  • Kristen McLagan – McLean McKenzie & Topfer
  • Jacinta French – Shields Heritage
  • Kimberley Martin – WMM Law
  • Shelby Llewelyn – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Victor Murray – Tasmania Legal Aid

Currently meets monthly. Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2016

  • Amelia Higgs – Dobson Mitchell Allport (Chair)
  • Alison Wells – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Craig Green – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Henry Pill – Hall Payne Lawyers
  • Harriet Farquhar – Aurora Energy
  • Yvette Cehtel – Women’s Legal Service Tasmania
  • Emily Creak – Maurice Blackburn
  • Sebastian Buscemi – Odin Lawyers
  • Stephanie Manning – TasNetworks
  • Samantha Clarke – Launceston Community Legal Centre

Currently meets monthly.

  • Mary Anne Ryan – Barrister (Chair)
  • Linda Connelly – Clarke & Gee Devonport
  • Sally Rofe – Wallace Wilkinson & Webster
  • David Harper – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Meghan Scolyer – Murdoch Clarke
  • Peter Slipper – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Trevor McKenna – Ogilvie Jennings
  • Hugo Aston – Barclay Churchill Family and Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd

Currently meets every two months.

  • Luke Taylor – Office of the Solicitor-General (Chair)
  • Edward Burrows-Cheng – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Aysha Williams – McLean McKenzie & Topfer
  • Pierre Dordhain – Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Gabrielle McDonald – Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Matthew Wilkins – Page Seager Pty Ltd
  • Andrew Buckley – Tierney Law

Currently meets every two months.

  • Tanya Dargaville – Department of Health & Human Services (Chair)
  • Carey Higgins – Land Titles Office
  • Jane Hutchison – Hobart Community Legal Service
  • Claire Bookless – Environmental Defenders Office
  • Peter Slipper – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Angela Ryan – Angela Ryan

Currently meets monthly. Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2020; 2019; 2017; 2015

  • Alex Bobbi – Dobson Mitchell Allport (Chair)
  • Will Justo – Wallace Wilkinson & Webster
  • Simon Perraton – University of Tasmania
  • Hugh McCracken – Wallace Wilkinson & Webster
  • Aurora Kostezky – Tremayne Fay Rheinberger
  • Antony Logan – HWL Ebsworth
  • Ron Jorgensen – Thomas Geer Lawyers
  • Suzette Pullinger – NSW Department of Education
  • Zoey Donnellan – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • Sebastian Thomas-Wilson – Tierney Law

Currently meets monthly.

  • Simon Gates – Barrister (Chair)
  • Catherine Scott – Conmoto Group
  • Harriet Farquhar – Aurora Energy
  • Rebecca Irwin – Mental Health Tribunal
  • Suzanne Harris – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Emma White – Director – Centre for Legal Studies
  • Craig Mackie – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Merrilyn Williams – Legal Profession Board of Tasmania
  • Sally Rofe – Wallace, Wilkinson & Webster
  • Jade Standaloft – Women’s Legal Service (Tas) Inc
  • Co President Scott Ashby – Bass Legal
  • Treasurer Bernard Goh – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Secretary Robert Holbrook – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • CPD Officer Zoey Dwyer – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Communications and Social Media – Georgia Morris – Simmons Wolfhagen

General Members 2021-2022

  • Alinta Robinson-Herbert – Tasmania Legal Aid
  • Cooper Denehey – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • Edward Burrows-Cheng – Office of the DPP
  • Jake Farmer – Department of Justice – Office of the Crown Solicitor
  • Meghan Scolyer – Murdoch Clarke
  • Samantha Griffin – Murdoch Clarke
  • Suzanne Harris – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Ellie Law – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Audrey Clarkson – Page Seager

The Early Career Lawyers South Committee (ECLS) (previously known as the Southern Young Lawyers Committee or SYLC) is a committee of the Law Society of Tasmania that promotes the interests of early career members of the Tasmanian legal profession in the southern regions of Tasmania. All members or associate members of the Law Society of Tasmania who have ten years or less post-admission experience in the legal profession within a State or Territory of Australia are deemed to be members of ECL.

Early career lawyers from local firms and government departments can get involved with the ECLS, as well as representatives from the University of Tasmania’s Law School and the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course.

The ECLS generally meets once a month to discuss issues relevant to early career practitioners and soon to be admitted practitioners / graduates. The ECLS liaises with the Law Society of Tasmania to develop initiatives that address these concerns. Of particular interest to the ECLS is the mental wellbeing of graduates and early career practitioners, which has emerged as a critical matter in recent years. The ECLS is committed to acknowledging and addressing this issue and does so by promoting awareness and arranging activities that encourage a positive work/life balance. In addition to its policy framework, the ECLS is also engaged in organising professional and social events for the wider profession. Such activities include CPD activities, the annual Tasmanian Golden Gavel competition, bi-annual long lunches and end of year functions.

For more information, or to become involved with the ECLS find them on their Facebook page here or on Instagram here @sylc.tas

President Jessica Stewart – Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Vice President Berivan Kurdistan – Tasmania Legal Aid – Launceston
  • Secretary Timothy Drew – Rae & Partners
  • Treasurer Andrew Lonergan – Tasmania Legal Aid – Launceston
  • Social Co-ordinator Alexander Pemberton – Tasmania Police Northern Prosecution Service
  • Sponsorship/Marketing Lucas Lim- Douglas & Collins
  • CPD Coordinator Stephen Cronin – Fitzgerald and Browne

General Members 2021-2022

  • Courtney Bailey – Bishops
  • Louis Benjamin – Rae & Partners
  • Mathew Williams – Douglas & Collins
  • Zachariah Lieutier – Rae & Partners
  • Claudia Jones – Rae & Partners

The Early Career Lawyers North Committee (ECLN) (previously known as the Northern Young Lawyers Committee or NYLC) is a committee of the Law Society of Tasmania that promotes the interests of early career members of the Tasmanian legal profession in the north of the state. All members or associate members of the Law Society of Tasmania who have ten years or less post-admission experience in the legal profession within a State or Territory of Australia are deemed to be members of ECL. Lawyers from local firms and government departments get involved in ECLs.

The ECLN meets regularly to discuss issues relevant to early career practitioners and soon to be admitted practitioners / graduates. The ECLN liaises with the Law Society of Tasmania to develop initiatives that address these matters. The ECLN is involved in organising professional and social events for the local profession, including CPD activities.

For more information, or to become involved with the ECLN see their Facebook page here.

  • President Amber Scott – Rae & Partners
  • Vice-President Callum Tregurtha – Hamilton Purcell Lawyers
  • Secretary Sophie Warren – Tasmania Legal Aid – Burnie
  • Treasurer Amy Cawston – Rae & Partners
  • CPD Coordinator Jade Standaloft – Women’s Legal Service (Tas) Inc.

General members 2021-2022

  • Caitlin Johnson – Rae & Partners
  • Helen Bassett – Walsh Day James Mihal
  • Aysha Williams – McLean, McKenzie & Topfer
  • Amit Sarma – Tasmania Police Prosecution

The Early Career Lawyers North-West Committee (ECLNW) (previously known as the North-West Young Lawyers Committee or NWYLC) is a committee that promotes the interests of early career Tasmanian legal professions on the north-west coast. The ECLNW is comprised of early career practitioners from local firms as well as members of Tasmania Legal Aid, Tasmania Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. All members or associate members of the Law Society of Tasmania who have ten years or less post-admission experience in the legal profession within a State or Territory of Australia are deemed to be members of ECLNW.

The ECLNW welcomes members located from Latrobe though to Smithton and holds events in Devonport, Ulverstone and Burnie. The ECLNW meets monthly to discuss matters for practitioners in the north-west. The ECLNW also hosts regular social events such as bimonthly dinners, bi-monthly Friday night drinks and the annual quiz night. Additionally, each year the ECLNW has the privilege of hosting the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course students for a tour of the north-west coast and to drinks and dinner with the NW Profession. The ECLNW co-ordinates activities with the Law Society of Tasmania and other ECLs to host Continuing Professional Development (CPD presentations) aimed at providing early career lawyers with essential skills for practice.

The key goal of the ECLNW is to promote the north-west coast as an area for practice and to support the retention of practitioners on the north-west coast. In achieving this goal the ECLNW not only supports early career lawyers, but supports law graduates who are about to enter the profession, and encourages them to seek the opportunities for practice that the NW provides.

To contact this committee and/or join our Facebook group click here.