Council & Executive


The governing body of the Law Society is its Council. The Council is comprised of the Attorney-General and the Deans of the Law Faculties of the University of Adelaide, UniSA and Flinders University as ex-officio members, together with six office bearers, sixteen Metropolitan members, three members representing practitioners from country areas and two members representing newly-admitted practitioners.


The Executive of the Council of the Law Society is comprised of a President, the Immediate Past President, a President-Elect, two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer and two other members drawn from the non ex-officio members of Council.



Amy is a Partner at Duncan Basheer Hannon.

Amy was admitted to practice in 2007, graduating from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Arts and Law.

In 2006 Amy worked as an Advocate for the Australian Workers Union before moving to Duncan Basheer Hannon in 2007 where she practises in the areas of workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents, public liability and general civil litigation.

Amy has been an active member of the Law Society since her admission in 2007 and is a former Chair of the Young Lawyers' Committee. 

Amy’s positions for and on behalf of the Law Society (past and present) include:

• Member; Accident Compensation Committee
• Member: Well-being and Resilience Committee
• Member; Gender Equity Working Group
• Member: Crash! Seminar Committee
• Panel Member:  Litigation Assistance Fund
• Board Member:  Litigation Assistance Fund
• Member:  Young Lawyers' Support Group
• Member: Audit and Risk Management Committee
• Member: GDLP Committee
• Member: Corporate Governance Committee

• Member: Investment Committee
• Chair: Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment Working Group
• Chair: Bullying, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
• Law Society representative on the Law Council's Equal Opportunity Committee. 

Amy has been a member of the Law Society Council since 2012 and joined the Executive in 2015.

I am delighted to have been elected as President of the Law Society of South Australia and look forward to developing change on behalf of not just our Members but the South Australian legal profession as a whole.  The Society has important roles as a regulator and in services for and representation of its membership and the profession. I am hopeful we can change the poor perception of lawyers by some within our community by highlighting and acknowledging the good work that many of our Members do in support of our State, in accordance with the Rule of Law, fighting for the rights of individuals and resolving or preventing disputes.

My main focus for 2019 will be on:

Reducing regulation on lawyers and small business

The Society is currently identifying areas of regulation of legal practice that could be removed or reduced without affecting the services lawyers provide to clients or the protections afforded to the community.  The legal profession is very highly regulated, and unnecessary regulation results in additional expense, which must inevitably be borne by clients.  It is important there is a level playing field for lawyers with those in other professions that are subject to less regulation, in overlapping areas of work.   A recently established a Regulation Advisory Committee, of which I am a Member, will identify and advocate for a reduction of regulation around legal practice.  

Changing the culture of the profession -reducing Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination 

I am committed to the advancement of diversity in the profession and stamping out bullying, harassment and discrimination. I am hopeful that the Council’s Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Working Group, of which I am Chair, will be able to develop programmes that can be implemented within the profession so that we can see a cultural shift against these practices. This in turn will also assist our Members’ resilience and wellbeing.  I am hopeful that we can raise ongoing awareness of these issues and erase the stigma which is usually drawn from admitting to the stresses of legal practice.

A year of celebration

2019 will also be the 140th Anniversary of the establishment of the Society and the 125th Year of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia. We will be holding events to celebrate these milestones over the course of the year, to look back on the achievements of women in the profession over this time.  The role of women in the profession has been hard fought, but the achievements have been many and I look forward to celebrating them throughout 2019. 

Relevance to our membership and providing support

With 2019 being marked with two major milestones I am also hopeful that we can bring back some more collegiality within the profession, by increasing networking opportunities for our Members and ensuring those in small firms or rural and remote towns are connected to the wider profession, increasing the camaraderie of the profession and the wellbeing of our membership.  

Amy Nikolovski

Office Bearers

Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers owner/partner Tim White has been with the firm for 20 years. In that time he has built a client base as diverse as Australian society itself. He attends TGB’s offices in SA, WA and the NT.

He has particular expertise handling personal injury claims in which he has helped thousands of clients including defence force members, Commonwealth employees, state-based workers under the WorkCover schemes, and people with motor vehicle claims. 

His military clients include current-serving members who have been injured physically or psychologically, and veterans who have left the military but need assistance with their compensation claims. These include veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. He has tackled historic and complex claims on behalf of veterans exposed to atomic bomb tests at Maralinga in the 1950’s and the bombing at Hiroshima. 

Tim is a member of the Air Force Reserves, in which he serves as a Legal Officer with the rank of Squadron Leader. This pursuit has inspired him to become one of the very few lawyers in Australia to specialise in representing defence force personnel and their families.

Pursuing difficult class-action claims is one of Tim’s specialities. He helped hundreds of South Australian breast cancer sufferers who were tragically misdiagnosed. He was also the driving force behind an international class action relating to faulty PIP breast implants.

His tenacity in helping his clients is also on show outside of work where he is a keen runner and cyclist. He has completed in more than 15 marathons and cycled in a number of long-distance events including the Police Legacy WA event /ride from Karratha to Broome.


Rebecca is a Special Counsel at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in the litigation team, with a particular focus on intellectual property, media, defamation and competition law.  Rebecca's background also includes building and construction law, corporations law, property law and contractual disputes. She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court and Federal Courts of Australia.

Rebecca was admitted to practice in 2011, graduating from Flinders University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance).  In June 2015 Rebecca completed her Masters of Law (Applied Law) with the College of Law, majoring in Commercial Litigation.

Rebecca has been an active member of the Law Society since her admission in 2011, becoming a Junior Member of the Law Society Council in 2011.  After her two year term concluded at the end of 2013, Rebecca had a one year break from Council before becoming a Metropolitan Member of the Council in 2015. She has been a Member of the Executive of the Council since 2016.  Rebecca’s other Law Society positions include:

  • Member, Corporate Governance (previously Governance Compliance) Committee;
  • Member, Ethics & Practice Committee;
  • Member, Audit & Risk Management Committee;
  • Former Member, Chair, and Deputy Chair, Women Lawyers' Committee;
  • Former Member, MCPD Regulatory Committee (prior to that Committee’s disbandment); and
  • Chair, Legal Technology Committee. 

Rebecca is also a Board Member for Spence Club Inc and the Flinders Law School Advisory Board, and is a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the Women Lawyers' Association of South Australia, the YWCA of Adelaide and the Adelaide Media Club.  Rebecca was the scholarship participant in the YWCA’s 2015 SHE Leads Program, and has also previously been a member of the YWCA’s Nominations Committee and a member of the WLASA Committee.

Rebecca’s personal interests include reading, yoga (especially Anti-Gravity) and swimming.

Martin Frayne is a Barrister and Senior Counsel who practices in the area of civil and commercial litigation at Jeffcott Chambers.

He was admitted to practice in South Australia in 1978 and practiced as a solicitor and was a partner at the then Wallman & Partners until 1986 when he joined the independent bar. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2009. He has been a member of the Law Society of South Australia since 1978 and a member of the South Australian Bar Association since 1987. He has served on various sub-committees of the Law Society over time and has served as a member of the Litigation Assistance Fund from 1993 to 2018.

He has been a member of Resolution Institute and its predecessor IAMA since 2004. He was trained as a mediator at IAMA and participates in mediation in the area of civil and commercial disputes as a part of his practice as a barrister and also conducts mediations.

In addition to his involvement with the Law Society and the Bar Association he has been a board member of the Basketball Association of South Australia Incorporated and is a life member. He has also served as a board member of Softball SA Inc, is a member of Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association, the Australian Insurance Law Association and Society of Construction Law, Australia. He is qualified as an adjudicator under the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act and equivalent legislation in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Mr Fraser Bell


Fraser Bell - Treasurer

Fraser Bell is a Partner at Thomson Geer. He leads the group focusing on all aspects of environmental and planning law, climate change, and contaminated land.

Fraser was admitted to practice in 1988 after graduating from the University of Adelaide. Prior to joining Thomson Geer in 2007, he was a partner at Finlaysons.

In addition to his role as Treasurer of the Law Society, Fraser is: Chair of Bellberry Ltd; Chair of Adelaide Unicare; a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) SA/NT Council; a member of the South Australian Wine Industry Association Environment Committee; a member of the Property Council of Australia Sustainable Development Committee (SA Branch); previous Executive Committee Member of the SA Branch of the Waste Management Association of Australia (President 2002 – 2003) and a member of the UDIA Environment Committee.

Fraser was a Member of the Law Society Council from 1988 to 1989 and re-joined the Council in 2018.

Away from the law, Fraser enjoys playing tennis and golf and enjoys music and the arts. 


Tim Mellor has been in practice since admission in 1981 having graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Adelaide.

Since admission he has been in practice in the firm of Mellor Olsson and its predecessors.  Tim’s practice is largely in the area of planning, development and environmental law.  He is also largely focused on rural issues, including acting for a large number of pastoralists and fishing licence holders in relation to native title claims.  The balance of Tim’s practice is in commercial and estate litigation.

Since 2005 Tim has been a member of the Council of the Law Society of South Australia including a period of 4 years as a member of the Executive.  He is also a member of the Planning, Local Government and Environment Committee and the Aboriginal Issues Committee. 

Away from the law, Tim is the father of five children and an enthusiastic participant in various outdoor pursuits, music, and all forms of the arts. He is a happy spectator of all sporting endeavours.

Members of Council

Mr Fraser Bell Thomson Geer
Ms Melissa Boyle White Berman
Mr Tim Dibden  Tim Dibden Barrister & Solicitor
Mr Martin Frayne SC Jeffcott Chambers
Ms Victoria Gilliland Mellor Olsson
Mr Sam Hooper
Mr Michael Janus  Janus Lawyers
Mr Alex Lazarevich  Anthony Mason Chambers
Ms Marissa Mackie Australian Securities & Investments Commission
Mr James Marsh  Fisher Jeffries
Ms Emma Shaw Legal Services Commission 
Ms Rachael Shaw Shaw & Henderson
Ms Melissa Smith Australian Securities & Investments Commission
Mr Justin Stewart-Rattray
Stewart-Rattray Lawyers 
Ms Melanie Tilmouth  Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers
Ms Toni Vozzo 
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Ms Sarah Minney, Northern & 
Western District
Minney & Associates
Mr Peter Ryan, Central District 
Rudall & Rudall
Mr John Kyrimis, Southern District Kyrimis Lawyers
Professor Melissa de Zwart University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Tania Leiman Flinders University of South Australia
Professor Rick Sarre University of South Australia
The Hon Vickie Chapman MP Attorney-General